This programme is funded by individuals from Greece. It also works to improve rights of women, fight gender based violence and improving resilience of Orphaned and vulnerable children. Governance issues emphasising on quality service delivery are addressed in this programme as well. It also enhances capacity building activities for school boards, holding community dialogues and capacitating children on their rights in schools through promoting rights in schools initiatives.
CARE has been involved in various socio-economic development projects within the Mokhotlong District aimed at improving livelihoods of the rural population. The Mokhotlong Poultry Farmers Association was formed to fulfil the activities of the Mokhotlong Egg Enterprise project that has been implemented by CARE with support from Lundin Foundation since 2012. Some of projects’ beneficiaries had been known to rear poultry albeit at a small scale and CARE saw an opportunity of establishing a commercial poultry production initiative as a means of alleviating widespread poverty. Mokhotlong is a home of diamond mines of Lets’eng, Kao and Mothae and also dam site for LHWP. The mines and dam site employ a large number of workers who have to stay on the sites and be supplied with food and therefore represent large potential markets for local poultry products from the district. The mining activities and the construction of a new dam, Polihali in the district represent a unique opportunity to scale up local enterprise development and to strengthen agricultural value chains. CARE has been implementing an egg enterprise project with five local women farmers who rear poultry, with a vision to empower the women to contribute meaningfully to their own and their community’s development. The project has two objectives: to develop and strengthen a smallholder egg enterprise model and to improve the sustainability and profitability of the smallholder egg producers’ association.
Site visit for Mokhotlong Poultry Farmers Association Project - Ha Setefane.The Association is formed under CARE project to enhance poultry farming in Mokhotlong district.
This is the newly constructed Poultry house for about 200 layers, and is managed by Ha Setefane community who are members of the Mokhotlong Poultry farmers Association.
These are eggs produced on daily basis, packaged in trays and ready for the market.
Lesotho Climate Change Adaptation funded by USAID via The Institute of Natural Resource (I.N.R)
It enhances understanding and addresses the impacts of climate change in the mountain catchment areas. This initiative aims to achieve this through a process that addresses the livelihood needs of the mountains catchment communities, and by tackling the interrelated issues of poverty, environmental degradation and biodiversity loss. It also deals with issues of Range management, Environment and land management as well as conservation agriculture.
This program is done in collaboration with USAID/PEPFAR, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) ,Government of Lesotho, GROW and Stellenbosch University in South Africa to develop, implement and evaluate the Lesotho ECCD special initiative. It’s a program integrating HIV testing and treatment services, nutrition and parenting practices for children aged 1-5 years into rural communities through Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) centres. It is a three-year randomized control trial (RCT). The intervention is a multipronged approach utilizing trained facilitators to deliver a caregiver to child cognitive stimulation mentorship, as well as mobilizing existing community resources to increase access and utilization.
Through mentoring caregivers gathered at ECCD centres, facilitators will capacitate the caregivers to support the development of children’s attentions skills. Key aspects of the cognitive stimulation capacitation for caregivers include praise, displays of warmth, responsiveness and sensitivity during episodes of joint attention.
This program works towards realisation of overarching PEPFAR responses which are to contribute to the achievement of an AIDS-free generation by responding to the social and emotional consequences on children, their families and communities that support them. GROW aims to empower and build capacity of existing community structures and systems for the support of OVC and their caregivers. Orphaned and Vulnerable Children and their caregivers continue to be provided with services through community based mentors and volunteers as per their assessed needs and the care plans and linkages or referrals are made where necessary. Through the use of community mentors, project staff and volunteers with the guidance of local leaders, GROW will continue facilitating the capacity building of 40 community volunteers to provide a continuum of care and support services to 5350 OVC and their caregivers with their immediate families in the coming years.