CRS in Lesotho
Catholic Relief Services plans and coordinates programs in three of Lesotho’s four dioceses, bringing public and private sectors together for community-based development.
Our programs involve partnerships with stakeholders such as the Government of Lesotho, local non-government organizations (NGOs), international NGOs, public- and private-sector partners, and Church partners. Our current work in Lesotho focuses on livelihoods, climate change and natural resource management, emergency response, education, microfinance, HIV, and information and communications technology for development.
People served: 292,673
Population: 2,135,022 (2015 ext.)
Size: 11,720 sq mi; slightly smaller than Maryland
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Country News and Stories
March 27, 2017
Harmony=Health: Using Positive Parenting Classes To Grow Emotional & Financial Health
Positive parenting programs are helping caregivers communicate better with their children. Maisaka and her granddaughter, Mpolokeng, are sharing their story.
March 27, 2017
Promoting Child Protection Through Stronger Parenting Communication
In a context of chronic poverty or illness, where resources are always in short supply, learning new skills for communicating with children may not seem like the top priority. But caregivers have found social support,...
September 24, 2012
Keyhole Gardens Unlock Healthy Diets
They are such simple things—variations on the type of small vegetable plots many of us have in our own backyards—yet keyhole gardens are having a profound effect on the lives of people in Lesotho, a small nation that's...
CRS' History in Lesotho
Catholic Relief Services began working in Lesotho in 1976 but left in 1988 following a period of economic growth. In response to a request sent by the Lesotho Catholic Bishops' Conference to CRS in 2002, CRS returned to provide support to Caritas Lesotho's response to a region-wide food crisis that also affected Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The growing HIV and AIDS-related needs of the country prompted the agency to consider making CRS Lesotho an independent country program. In late 2005, the CRS Board of Directors approved the separation of CRS Lesotho from CRS South Africa.