Lesotho Orphan: 'My Life Changed'
August 20, 2009, —
Millions of children around the globe have lost their parents
to AIDS. Letima Ikhetheleng of Lesotho is one of them.
He comes from a small village in the mountains of
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The roads make travel difficult at best. And that means businesses struggle to
keep their doors open, reducing employment prospects. For many orphans like
Letima, the loss of their parents means
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prospect of escaping their poverty through education is bleak, since orphans
and their caregivers typically can't afford school fees.
Fortunately, Catholic Relief Services provides orphans and
vulnerable children with a host of services aimed at meeting their nutritional,
educational and emotional needs, along with advocating for their basic human
"My life changed because they were able to help us,"
Letima says. "I have food, three meals a day."
In the following video the 19-year-old further describes his
hardships and how CRS made a