Lesotho: Matlameng

Matlameng's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 2019

Child Protection and Care

Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

  • 41 children took part in activities where they learned about their rights and how to protect themselves.
  • 593 youth participated in campaigns that taught them about the dangers of child marriage.

Healthy Children and Families

Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.

  • 62 children can eat healthier after farmers had help building greenhouses so they can produce vegetables year-round.
  • 80 girls and boys have parents who can provide healthier meals since taking part in savings groups.

Education for Better Lives

Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.

  • 40 early-grades teachers were trained on how to better help young children with literacy skills.
  • 3,730 students are getting a better education now that they have well-trained teachers to teach them.

Love of God and Neighbors

Children and families are growing spiritually, local churches are strengthened to demonstrate Christ's love in practical ways, and people are living at peace with their neighbors.

  • 40 boys attended Sunday school where they received copies of the Bible and learned about the word of God.
  • 202 children are developing in their faith better after their Sunday school teachers received educational training.

Because World Vision believes in a holistic community development approach, the statements and numbers above, recorded at a point in time, reflect not only our aspirational goals for these communities but are based on all children within the community that benefitted from the specific activity that's identified. Together, in partnership with you, we will work to make these goals a reality.


current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Matlameng, Lesotho

In Matlameng, the economy depends on farming—primarily corn, grain, and wheat—and raising livestock. Cattle are raised to plow fields or provide milk, and sheep and goats are raised for their wool. However, limited agricultural support, an inability to afford farming equipment, the use of outdated techniques, and unpredictable weather patterns have resulted in low crop production, despite good soil conditions. Many families are left hungry and unable to afford basic needs. When parents struggle to put food on the table, their children’s health often suffers. Food shortages, scarcity of clean water, and poor sanitation and hygiene—as well as knowledge about these topics—mean children are vulnerable to easily contract preventable diseases, which far too often result in increased child mortality rates. Another health challenge is HIV and AIDS. The disease has impacted many families, either leaving children to fend for themselves or making adults too weak to work. Community members have access to health clinics, although these are typically understaffed, unsanitary, and lack health equipment. Since 2000, primary education has been free, but some children are forced to drop out when their parents cannot afford additional expenses, such as school supplies and uniforms. Parents often do not understand the value of education, so they force their children to stay home to help with household responsibilities or to find work, which increases their risk of exploitation. Children who do stay in school do not necessarily get a quality education. Schools are overcrowded, lack furniture, and teachers are inadequately trained. Some schools are located across rivers and become inaccessible during rainy seasons.

Life cycle of a sponsorship community

World Vision has been in this community for 11 years.
Matlameng, Lesotho is in Phase 3

PHASE 1: Years 1-3

  • Listen to desires and concerns of community leaders
  • Partnership with community begins
  • Outline needs and resources
  • Child sponsorship begins

PHASE 2: Years 4-9

  • Community members equipped and empowered to bring change to their own lives
  • Children benefit from life-changing projects
  • Community embraces project ownership

PHASE 3: Years 10-close

  • Years of hard work continues to transform lives
  • Community self-sufficiency grows
  • A sustainable plan for the future is determined
  • World Vision leaves

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