Young mothers are able to gain the life skills needed to take care of themselves and their child.
Many Basotho girls face the prospect of unplanned pregnancies. Lesotho is besieged by the 2nd highest HIV prevalence rate in the world and immense gender inequality. As a result, many young girls (many of them teenagers) become pregnant. Some become pregnant as a result of rape, others after resorting to commercial sex as a way of survival, some out of hopelessness, others due to the lack of healthy role models and adequate education.
Many young mothers have no mothers of their own (orphaned due to HIV/AIDS) and now they are not just left to cope with being mothers themselves, but some are often rejected by society. Often, they lack basic resources and skills which impacts their own health and the well-being of their babies. This often leads to deep suffering and desperation. As a result, these young mothers and their babies are truly among the most vulnerable people of Lesotho.
What we’re doing:
Good Shepherd Centre
At the Good Shepherd Centre, Young Mothers have the opportunity of academic and vocational education. Through a combination of traditional schooling as well as vocational training, young mothers are able continue their schooling and gain life skills that they can use to generate their own income and become self-sufficient to take care of themselves and their child.
How you can help:
Your full sponsorship provides
A year of a teen mother’s educational and vocational development
Information on your Young Mother
Send letters to and receive letters from the mother
sponsor a teen mother
for $500 / year
funding for future projects
Improve the current Preschool (play equipment)
Construct a computer lab
Upgrade the catering equipment
Starter kits for mothers who have completed their program