Lesotho is an enclaved country within the border of South Africa. It is one of only three independent states completely surrounded by the territory of another country. Lesotho is just over 30,000 km2 (11,583 sq miles). Its capital and largest city is Maseru. The official language is Sesotho.
Population: 2.13 million
GDP Growth: 2.7%
Urban Population: 27.32%
Rural Population: 72.32%
Country office contacts House No. 01 Qiloane Street
Thetsane West Maseru
Phone: +266 59390202 and +266 56529487
Issues affecting children and young people in Lesotho
HIV/Aids: More than any other country in the region, the kingdom of Lesotho is marked by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Nearly 130,000 children have lost their parents to the disease and need special care and protection.
Inadequate social protection for vulnerable children
Negatively affected economic resources
Repssi Work in Lesotho
Delivers the Community Based Work with Children and Youth (CBWCY) certificate programme and the Teachers’ Diploma in Psychosocial Care Support and Protection.
Offers other short term training in Psychosocial Support to partners and organisations around the country.
Participates in activities that focus on child protection and children’s wellbeing in the country. This includes activities such as the National OVC Coordinating Committee (NOCC), workshops, the CSO Working Team and Letsema network of community-based organizations working with children`s issues in Lesotho.
Partnered with the YWCA to focus on ending child marriage in Berea, Mafeteng and Maseru districts. Facilitated community conversations on early marriage and improving safe access to school for all children.
The Ministry of Social Development
Ministry of Education and Training Add Ministry of Gender, Youth, Sports and Recreation