Early childhood education support and training

The project aims to construct a new school building for the Early Childhood Development (ECD) school in Senkoase. Additional activities include identifying and enrolling children from the community to the ECD school and creating a school garden to provide students daily nutritious meals. Community development will be fostered through the creation of jobs for local Basotho, through teaching, construction and health positions and residents empowered by giving ownership of the school back to the community. TTL will implement monthly visits and medical check-ups to ensure that the classroom environment is healthy and productive, improving the children’s overall health and attendance.

Founded in 2004, Touching Tiny Lives is a registered charity in Lesotho. It is dedicated to providing assistance to orphaned and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS and malnutrition.

Type

Education / Environment / Community Development

Duration

January 2019 – September 2021

Location

Senkoase / Lesotho

With whom

Touching Tiny Lives

Website

www.touchingtinylives.org/

Lesotho

Population
2.23 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 1,210/ an (2017)

Poverty rate *
53% (2017)

Literacy rate
77% (2016)

Human Development Index
159th out of 189 countries (2018)

Over the past two decades, Lesotho has made little progress in lowering its poverty headcount rate from 60% (2002) to 53% (2018). High inequality and poverty coupled with high unemployment (28%) are exacerbated by lack of infrastructure and harsh climate in the mountain districts. Lesotho’s greatest challenge remains its high HIV/AIDS prevalence (one in 4 of the adult population) and its TB co-epidemic. 40% of children suffer from chronic malnutrition and one in ten does not survive its 5th birthday. Although budgetary allocations amount to almost 9% of GDP, this has not translated in improvements in key health outcomes. Similarly, despite huge public spending in the education sector, poor educational outcomes persist amid concerns about equitable access. Subsistence farming remains the main source of income but its importance and magnitude is declining. The poorest quintile is the most affected.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.