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Context

Lesotho is a small landlocked and mountainous country, completely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa. Highlands constitute two-thirds of the country’s territory, less than 10% of which is suitable for cultivation. Lesotho has a population of around 2 million, of which 70-80% live in rural areas, and more than three-quarters of these are engaged in largely traditional agriculture. Remittances from the South African mining sector have been an important source of rural livelihoods, but these have declined over recent years as competition for jobs in that sector has grown.


HIV/AIDS is one of its most important issues facing the government. Lesotho has the third highest HIV adult prevalence rate in the world at 23.6 percent, according to the 2009 UNAIDS report. Life expectancy at birth has declined by more than 20 years to 47 years over the past decade. Consequently Lesotho has a continuously growing number of orphans and vulnerable Children (OVC). There are more than 200,000 OVC, 67 percent of which are AIDS orphans. Lesotho suffers from high infant mortality rates and levels of malnutrition, in addition to having a high prevalence of tuberculosis.


Power in Lesotho.

Power has been working with the Lesotho National Federation of the Disabled (LNFOD) since 2011 to design effective programmes to support people with disabilities. These programmes are ready to launch, and the partners are approaching funders for support.