Botha-Bothe, Mar. 21 — Sentebale Foundation Chief Executive Mr. Richard Miller and Chief Operations Officer Mr. Graham Leigh from London visited Botha-Bothe on Tuesday to have a look at the programmes that the foundation is doing in the district.
According to Sentebale Lesotho Country Director Ms. Ntoli Moletsane during a courtesy call with the District Administrator, the team is in Lesotho for a week and among the projects that they will visit include Botha-Bothe’s socio economic strengthening intervention programme.
She said the project is still new and they would like to see how the project is assisting the youth in the districts.
“The aim of the programme is to prevent HIV/TB among adolescent girls and young women aged 15-24 by addressing the economic issues that drive the spread and new transmissions” she said.
“It provides adolescent girls and women with internship opportunities,financial support to enrol in vocational and business skills training,start-up capital and ongoing mentorship and coaching
to run their businesses. The programme is run in Botha-Bothe, Leribe,Mokhotlong and Quthing,” she added.
On the other hand, Mr Miller indicated that they came to Botha-Botheto see how the programme is run and to breathe life into it so as to yield the expected results which is to reduce the number of new HIV infections among adolescent girls and women.
He said for 17 years of service, Sentebale is committed to work with the youth of Lesotho and make sure that they are independent and
have progress in life.
He said for the programme and Sentabale as a whole to see progress, they work with leaders and other ministries and they are content with support they get from the government.
The District Administrator Mr. Ts’epa Chaba indicated that Sentabale’s presence is appreciated in the District with the programme that it runs in to save the youth.
Mr. Chaba said Sentabale helps the vulnerable communities in the districts and it extents a helping hand to the government.
Sentebale was founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso in 2006 as a response to the needs of the children and young people in Lesotho.
The name means ‘forget me not’ in the Sesotho language, representing a pledge to remember the most vulnerable children and young children in the region.