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.
GROW’s goal is to improve rural livelihoods by building community partnerships. To achieve this goal, GROW implements three projects- RISE, SOW, and LEAP- in four chieftaincies in Mokhotlong District.
The projects aim to: 1) improve the agricultural production, nutritional status and health of 7,500 people (approx. 1,000 households); 2) provide 10,000 people with safe drinking water; 3) increase literacy among 500 youth who do not have the opportunity to attend school; 4) improve English and mathematics skills among 200 primary school students; and 5) improve the teaching capacity of 60 primary school teachers. GROW’s project and program structure is presented below.
Over the years GROW adapted its interventions in response to community needs, to develop the current programmes
1) community health
2) livelihoods recovery
3) non-formal education programmes,
4) Local rights programme
5) Strengthening local capacity to redress land degradation and build livelihoods, and
6) water quality monitoring; all of which mainstream issues of HIV and AIDS, good gradation and build governance and gender.
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.