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
February 27, 2018
Lesotho's Pathway Out of Poverty Starts Early
CRS and our Catholic partners lead the way with preschool education that benefits children and gives working parents peace of mind.
February 22, 2018
HIV Prevention in Lesotho
CRS helps vulnerable women and girls cope in a high-risk environment.
February 22, 2018
Preventing HIV in Lesotho
Helping women live independently greatly increases their defenses.
November 13, 2017
Restoring Mountain Ecosystems in Lesotho
CRS helps communities bring their mountains back to life after decades of overgrazing and erosion.
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.