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Caritas Lesotho was established by the Catholic Bishops of Lesotho in 1970 as an official welfare and development arm of the Catholic Church in Lesotho. Caritas Lesotho is under the Commission of Christian Services. The Secretary of the Commission who reports directly to the Secretary General of LCBC is the overseer of all departments under the Commission. The daily operations of Caritas Lesotho are headed by the National Director.

Vision: A nation where all citizens are resilient to socio-economic shocks that threaten their dignity.

Mission: To work with communities to strengthen their resiliency.

 

Values: In attaining its mission, Caritas Lesotho upholds these values;

  • Human Dignity: All human beings are created in the image and likeness of God. No Human being should have their dignity or freedom   compromised.
  • Solidarity: We all belong to one human family regardless of our national, religious, ethnic, economic, political and ideological variances. Each one of us has moral obligation to promote the rights and development of all people.
  • Stewardship: We believe that the planet and all its resources are entrusted to humankind. We should therefore respect, care for and share all resources for the common good of all people now and in the future.
  • Compassion: We seek to take action to alleviate misery and pain.
  • Hope: We beleive that a better world can be achieved so that all can  enjoy fullness of life by working together.
  • Equality: We are committed to promoting equal rights and responsibility of all people regardless of race, gender, religion or political affiliation.

 

Objectives

 

  • To capacitate the Caritas Diocesan structures in development issues and establish where they do not exist.

  • To promote and maintain access to productive assets of the most vulnerable communities.

  • To improve access to education and training opportunities for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, especially girls.

  • To improve the capacity of targeted communities to mitigate the socio-economic impact of HIV and AIDS.

  • To assist in activities related to disaster relief.

 

Partners and affiliates

 Catholic Relief Services, Management Sciences for Health, World Food Programme, Caritas Internationalis, Caritas Africa

 

PROJECTS

CURRENT PROJECTS

 Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Caregivers Empowerment Project

The Orphans and Caregivers Empowerment Project is a family oriented intervention that is aimed at building OVC and caregivers resilience to shocks associated with vulnerability and building community based care and support. The project worked with over 5058 OVC and 1092 caregivers in Khutlo-Se-Metsi and Tenesolo Community Councils to capacitate them on various socio-economic domains based on the challenges that face OVC and their caregivers in Lesotho. Food security, limited access to social services aimed at protecting OVC and caregivers well being as well as their ability to cope with stress, trauma associated with vulnerability and access to health care services are the key challenges facing OVC. The project uses the Community Systems Strengthening Approach as a strategy to build and coordinate community based support for the OVC and their caregivers. The key strategies employed by the project are:

 

Service area Strategy Key Results
Food and Nutritional Support Capacity building on homestead gardening especially keyhole gardening and food preservation. Education on importance of proper nutrition Improved access to vegetables even during the winter months.
Psycho social support Capacity building of community-based caregivers on proper choice of friends and dealing with grieve and isolation and service provision to OVC and their caregivers. Community structures are available and are able to provide psycho-social support to the beneficiaries as and when need arises.
Legal protection Awareness raising on the rights to identity, inheritance, protection and Child Protection and Welfare Act. Communities are able to come forward to report cases of abuse. 4 OVC received grants from Ministry of Social Development. 216 OVC received birth certificates.
HES and nutrition Capacity building on the Savings and Internal Lending Communities methodology, agricultural production for sale also starting own businesses. The project facilitated formation of 30 SILC groups. A total of M342,000 was shared out upon after completion of a one year cycle
Health care referrals Referral of clients in need to health centres and importance of adherence to medication 9 HIV+ women gave birth to HIV- babies following PMTCT referrals. Clinics reported an increase in number of people accessing HIV counseling and testing services.
Education Awareness raising on the Education Bill, Early Child Care Development and bursaries available for OVC. Vocational training and awareness raising on available institutions for learners to advance their education. 34 OVC trained and one of them started a small business targeting local market. 8 ECCD centres established. Overall increase in school attendance

 

 

Joint Nutrition Programme

 

The Joint Nutrition Project was piloted as a programme aimed at preventing and reducing malnutrition among vulnerable groups in the four districts most affected by chronic malnutrition in Lesotho (Thaba-tseka, Mokhotlong, Berea and Maseru). The Joint Nutrition Programme (JNP) is implemented in collaboration with the World Food Programme and the Ministry of Health. Caritas Lesotho has been engaged in the implementation of this project in Thaba-Tseka since 2011. The project aims to prevent and reduce malnutrition among vulnerable groups through four activities: i) improving management of acute malnutrition; ii) improving child growth and development with particular attention to reducing stunting and micronutrient deficiencies; iii) improving nutrition and health practices; and iv) enhancing capacity to inform and manage national nutrition improvement programs.

 

The key strategies employed by the project are:

 

Strategy

Key Results

Food distributions to various categories (patients on ART, PMTCT, pregnant and lactating women and children under 2 and 5) Over 68,264 clients received food commodities to improve their nutritional status in 2014. Improved nutrition status of more than 50% of the clients enrolled in the programme
Vegetable production on keyholes Improved access to vegetables even during the winter months.
Cookery demonstrations and nutrition education Improved behavioural change especially among lactating mothers in food preparation, handling and utilisation
Formation and training of SILC groups The project facilitated 10 SILC groups with membership of 214 (204 females and 10 males). These groups raised M136,977.50 in less than 12 months thus improving members access to finances
Formation of Community Fundraising Mechanism groups The 4 CFMs managed to collect M1390.00 and were able to purchase 298 mushroom spawns which they have planted for sale.

 

 

Savings and Internal Lending Communities

 

The Savings and Internal Lending Communities are member-based financial institutions that are self-selected group of people, who pool their money into a fund from which members can borrow. The money is paid back with interest, causing the fund to grow. The regular savings contributions to the SILC are deposited with an end date in mind for distribution of all or part of the total funds (including interest earnings) to the individual members. The project aims to form new groups and revive previously formed groups. The project is implemented in partnership with CRS and is financially supported by Rural Financial Intermediation Programme. The project is generally aimed at increasing self-reliance and resilience of poor households and their communities.

 

 

The project facilitated formation and training of 211 SILC groups which made savings to the tune of M1, 565,640.00 and a further M1, 106,932.00 in the cash boxes and in other groups in the bank as at April 2015. The project also facilitated groups’ linkages to the formal financial institutions and provided training of the groups on business identification and development. The loans accessed have been used to meet household needs such as purchase of food, clothing, payment of school fees and were also used to finance small income generating activities.

 

PAST PROJECTS

 

Project Name Period Donor Project Districts Areas of focus Number of beneficiaries reached
Consortium for Southern Africa Food Security Emergency (C-SAFE) Oct 2004 - 2006 Sept Catholic Relief Services Mohale's Hoek Food distribution (maize, beans and vegetable oil) Trainings on homestead gardening 4, 000
Mountain Orphaned and Vulnerable Children Empowerment Project (MOVE) Nov 2006 - Apr 2008 Catholic Relief Services Thaba Tseka Mohale's Hoek Promotion of sustainable food security 2, 158
Single Year Activity Project (SYAP) Oct 2006- Dec 2008 Catholic Relief Services Mafeteng Food distribution (maize, beans and vegetable oil) 4, 038

Services for Potato Production Enhancement and Enterprises Development

(SPPEED)

May 2008- April 2009 Catholic Relief Services Thaba Tseka

Training on potato farming, provision of potato seeds

1, 000

Savings and Internal Lending Communities

(SILC)

Aug 2009 - Jul 2010 Catholic Relief Services

Thaba Tseka

Leribe

Maseru

Mohale’s Hoek

Formation of SILC groups and training on SILC methodology

2, 276
Home with Urban Gardens (HUG) Jan 2009 -Sept 2010 Catholic Relief Services

Maseru

Leribe

Promotion of homestead gardening techniques, companion planting and water harvesting techniques 5, 000
Mountain Integrated Conservation Agriculture ( MICA I) Aug 2009 - Jul 2011 Catholic Relief Services

Mohale’s Hoek

Thaba Tseka

Training on conservation agriculture, homestead gardening and SILC 5, 000

Protracted Relief and Recovering Operation

(PRRO)

Apr 2010 - Dec 2010 World Food Programme Thaba Tseka Food distribution (maize, beans and vegetable oil) 25, 000
Family Unit for Livelihoods in Lesotho ( FULL) Oct 2011 - Mar 2013 Irish Aid

Thaba Tseka

Mohale’s Hoek

Leribe

Conservation Agriculture

Homestead gardens

Nutrition and SILC

9, 151
Lesotho Food   Security Relief and Resilience Project (LFSRP ) Oct 2012-Feb 2013 Irish Aid and OFDA Thaba Tseka Conservation Agriculture, Homestead gardens, nutrition, SILC, Natural Resource Management (cash for work) 3, 325

Mountain Integrated Conservation Agriculture

(MICA II)

Mar 2012 – Feb 2015 OFDA

Maseru

Mohale’s Hoek

Thaba Tseka

Conservation Agriculture, homestead gardens, Disaster Risk Reduction, SILC 4, 215
Emergency   Operation Programme (EMOP) Nov 2012 – Nov 2013 World Food Programme Thaba Tseka

Food for work

Food for cash

6, 604
Livelihood Intervention for OVC ( LIFO) Jan 2013- Mar 2014 Global Fund

Quthing

Botha Buthe

Thaba Tseka

Promotion of Homestead gardens

Provision of Basic Care Packages

10, 000

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LCBC Building. Catedral Area Opposite Captain Dorego Main North 1, Maseru

Postal Address

P.O. Box 200, Maseru 100

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