“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — Nelson Mandela
To date we have supplied 833 uniforms to orphans and vulnerable children, and provided more than 20 full-ride scholarships for high school tuition! Thank you for your support!
In Lesotho, there is no tuition cost for primary (elementary) education. Secondary (High School) education comes with a cost — approximately $320 US dollars per student, per year.
Officially, the government is supposed to pay high school tuition for orphans and vulnerable children. However, navigating the bureaucracy proves too daunting for most guardians, many of whom are grandparents.
Also, the Ministry of Education recently cut their support to cover only 200 orphans in the district we work in — a fraction of the total need.
If you would like to help a child further their education, you can give here on our donations page.
Official education policy is that students wear uniforms. However, due to the deepening poverty of many households caused by the AIDS pandemic, many of the primary schools ignore the policy and allow children to attend school without a uniform.
But even if a school ignores the school uniform policy, many children refuse to attend school because they are stigmatized and ashamed.
They feel their lack of a uniform highlights their poverty so they are self-conscious and embarrassed. Having a uniform is a big deal, which for most vulnerable children is their only “good” outfit.
We work closely with teachers and the child support groups. They follow a selection criterion to identify children who need uniforms and tuition support. They develop a prioritized list of students, the items needed and sizes for each student.
If you would like to help provide a uniform for a child, you can do so on our donations page. A uniform costs $95, which includes a new pair of shoes and a jacket for winter months.
Thank you for giving the gift of an education!