Lesotho

Boiteko Women's Association

Address: P.O. Box 840, Maseru, 100, Lesotho
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Fax: 266 31 04 12
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Contact: Amelia M. Majoro
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community
Members: Women / Youth
Year Founded: 1960
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Sesotho
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Lesotho Council of Non-Governmental Organizations

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To help women improve their domestic lives through income generating projects; to help women contribute to developmental programmes in order to alleviate poverty; to train poorer women and girls in domestic activities.

Illustrative Project:

Trained  women in income generating activities, such as " tie and dye"  of materials, dairy farming, sewing, knitting, and weaving from sheepskin products.

Catholic Youth Apostolate

Address: c/o Lesotho Catholic Bishop's Conference, Catholic Cathedral Area, P.O. Box 200,
Maseru, Lesotho
Phone: 266 9 31 25 25
Fax: 266 9 31 02 94
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Contact: Ntoane Louis Ntoane
Type of Organization: National / Urban / Rural
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1997
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Sesotho
Source of Annual Budget: Foreign donors / Local donors
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To train the youth for Christian services and leadership functions; to help the youth interpret social change in the light of the gospel; to promote oecumenism among youth of different denominations; to prepare youth for stable and firm marriages.

Illustrative Project:

Youth workshops and conferences; training the youth to foster self-reliance and self-employment; various training courses (50 trainees participated); fund-raising projects; establishment of youth committees; national youth competition.

Institute of Southern African Studies

Address: P.O. Box 180, Roma, Lesotho
Phone: 266 34 02 47
Fax: 266 34 00 04
Email: isas@nul.ls
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Contact: L.L.B. Machobani
Type of Organization: National / Africa Region
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1979
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Sesotho
Source of Annual Budget: Earned income / Other
Affiliations: Southern Africa Development Research Association

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To promote, coordinate and conduct policy and development oriented research in Southern Africa.

Illustrative Project:

The Institute publishes research results related to most activity areas. Please visit our web site for our publications catalogue at http://www.nul.is/isas/index.htm

Lesotho Congress for Democracy

Address: P.O. Box 7, Mohole's Hoek, Lesotho
Phone: 266 785 207
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Contact: Getrude Masiloane
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Women
Year Founded: 1977
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Sesotho
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees
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Action Areas:

Purpose:

To fight for the rights of women. The goal is to have women as decision-makers with at least 10 women in parliament.

Lesotho Council of Non Governmental Organizations

Address: 109 Christie House, Orpen Road, Private Bag A445, Maseru, 10, Lesotho
Phone: 266 317 205 / 325 798
Fax: 266 310 412
Email: locongo@lesoff.co.za
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Contact: C. N. Sello
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1990
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Sesotho
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: World Alliance for Citizen Participation

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Coordinate support and stimulate member NGOs in their development efforts; networking, resource mobilization, training, communication and lobbying.

Illustrative Project:

Voter education for the general elections in Lesotho in 1993, and the present voter education for 1998 general elections.

Lesotho Girls Guide Association

Address: Pope John II Road, P.O. Box 1487, Maseru, 100, Lesotho
Phone: 266 9 31 05 50
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Contact: Phidelia Khotle
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Youth / Women
Year Founded: 1925
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Sesotho
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Foreign donors
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To contribute to the development of girls and women offering training courses and promoting active citizenship and environmental awareness; to promote health activities; to run out-of-door activities; craft skills and camping.

Illustrative Project:

Peer education on health and HIV/AIDS matters; recycling of paper; training on legal issues.

Lesotho National Council of Women

Address: P.O. Box 959, Maseru, 100, Lesotho
Phone: 266 9 31 23 24 / 32 54 82
Fax: 266 9 31 01 85 / 31 27 68
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Contact: M.G. Mokhothu
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Rural / Urban
Members: Women / Youth
Year Founded: 1964
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Sesotho
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Foreign donors
Affiliations: International Council of Women

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To support specific needs and goals of various women's voluntary associations by providing vocational and management training aimed at empowering women and youth; to advocate women's rights and their awareness of these rights. 

Illustrative Project:

There are two vocational centres which train over 200 students every year (women and youth) in capacity-building, self-sufficiency and economic empowerment.

Lesotho Patriotic Youth Organization

Address: Insurance House, Constitution Road, P.B. A 65, Maseru, 100, Lesotho
Phone: 266 9 31 30 31
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Contact: Qamaico Leuta Mahao
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1994
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Sesotho
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To unite all young people of Lesotho irrespective of their differences; to work for the elimination of illiteracy and ignorance on social and economic issues among young people; to encourage and cultivate a healthy and conscientious attitude; to participate in development activities.

Illustrative Project:

Organised open forums on social economic problems young people as well as the nation at large are facing, e.g. on health or employment issues; took  a leading role in the training of the Lesotho Youth Federation; participatated in the establishment of a National Youth Council; trained   youth groups in different rural areas.

Lesotho Pre-School and Day Care Association

Address: P.O. Box 12492, Maseru, Lesotho
Phone: 266 32 54 97
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Type of Organization: National / Local / Commuity / Rural / Urban
Members: Men / Women/ Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1982
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Sesotho
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To create awareness on the benefits of pre-school education throughout the country and to support the pre-school teachers and their network.

Lesotho Save The Children Fund

Address: P.O. Box 151, Maseru, Lesotho
Phone: 266 9 322 543
Fax: 266 9 310 081
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Contact: S. Mohale
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Rural
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1960
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Sesotho
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Save the Children - UK

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To give advice and assistance to families about childcare; to provide agricultural training for the youth in income generating activities. It is an organization that is interested in protecting the rights of the child. All training is geared to achieving this end.

Lesotho Society of Mentally Handicapped Persons

Address: P.O. Box 7699, Maseru, Lesotho
Phone: 266 320 407
Fax: 266 320 407
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Contact: Palesa Mphohle
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1992
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Sesotho
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees
Affiliations: Inclusion International

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To protect the rights of people with mental disabilities; to enhance the sharing of experiences among families or people with mental disability and to ensure the provision of appropriate and inclusive service to people with mental disability.

Illustrative Project:

The organization has trained 300 parents of children with disabilities on the  rights of people with disabilities, mobilization, advocacy and activities in daily living. Special Olympics for people with disabilities have also been introduced.

Lesotho Women's Institute

Address: P.O. Box 1340, Maseru, 9266, Lesotho
Phone: 266 33 70 50 / 32 25 11
Fax: 266 31 27 68
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Contact: Maleshoane Masoetsa
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Rural / Urban
Members: Women / Youth
Year Founded: 1961
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Sesotho
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Associated Country Women of the World

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Encourage women with know-how to work together with those without; encourage women to learn skills which facilitate self-employment and improve the  standard of living.

Illustrative Project:

Established a vocational school in a rural setting to teach women and boys income generating skills such as sewing and knitting, tie and dye, soap and candle making, gardening, and home management. Also established pre-school and day-care centers.

Lesotho Young Christian Students

Address: P.O. Box 0510, Maseru West, 105, Lesotho
Phone: 266 9 85 02 18
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Contact: Seabata Matsamai
Type of Organization: National / Local
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1981
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language:
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Foreign donors / Local donors
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To help the youth incorporate Christian values; to raise awareness on social and economic problems; to foster the empowerment of students, so as to bring about change; to influence and advance the public through the student community.

Illustrative Project:

Extensed the movement to local schools; organised survival training  young people; drafted an education charter; organized  training workshops for members and non-members on a national and regional level (about 35 schools).

Lesotho Young Women's Christian Association

Address: P.O. Box A391, Maseru, 100, Lesotho
Phone: 266 9 85 02 18
Fax: 266 9 85 02 18
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Contact: Lineo Rose Nketu
Type of Organization: National / Urban / Rural
Members: Youth / Women
Year Founded: 1994
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Sesotho
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Local donors / Foreign donors / Other
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Purpose:

Provide leadership training for women and young people; employment; income-generating activities; pre-school education for disabled.

Illustrative Project:

Conducted  training courses for staff and volunteers (15 trainees in 1995); visited  elderly homes, prisons and hospitals to pray for the needy; further identified  and increased  membership.

Lesotho Youth Federation

Address: P.O. Box 13810, Maseru West 100, Lesotho
Phone: 266 9 32 35 84
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Contact: Seabata Motsamai
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Youth
Year Founded: 1991
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Sesotho
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors / Other
Affiliations: The Youth Forum

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To inform young people and raise their awareness about their rights; empower  young people, thus strive  to educate and train citizens to participate fully in the development of their community and their country.

Illustrative Project:

Leadership training for committee members; seminars on issues such as human rights, health issues, legal matters; tree planting and environmental protection; organization of the annual general meeting; participation in a project on soil erosion prevention.

Media Institute of Lesotho

Address: P.O. Box 14130, Maseru, 100, Lesotho
Phone: 266 9 32 09 41
Fax: 266 9 31 05 60
Email: medinles@lesoff.co.za
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Contact: Bethuel Thai
Type of Organization: National / Rural / Urban
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1995
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Sesotho
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Media Institute of South Africa

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To develop media and journalism; to promote free, independent and pluralistic media; to defend and protect journalists press freedom and freedom of expression; to take appropriate steps where such freedoms are violated, and to seek to remove all obstacles and impediments to the free flow of information in Lesotho.

Illustrative Project:

Development of a national media policy for Lesotho.

SELIBENG

Address: P.O. Box 0316, Maseru, Lesotho
Phone: 266 9 32 58 23
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Contact: Flory Mahakoe
Type of Organization: Provincial / Local / Community
Members: Women
Year Founded: 1993
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Sesotho
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Foreign donors
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To provide counseling to abused women and children and to refer them to service providers.

Illustrative Project:

As a result of a workshop held in Selibeng on empowerment techniques for women, one group has started a project on sewing school uniforms.

Seana-Marena Rural Development Community Project

Address: Ha Sokane, P.O. Box 138, Teya-Teyaneng, 200, Lesotho
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Fax: 266 270 163 713
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Contact: M.S. Sakoane
Type of Organization: Provincial / Local / Community / Rural
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1990
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Sesotho
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors
Affiliations:

Action Areas:

Purpose:

It is a peasant group operating in rural areas with the following objectives: to improve agriculture (food grains, fruits and vegetables); to build primary and secondary schools in the area; to improve the natural water supply from wells to pipes; to instill environmental awareness in the peasant society; to promote agriculture from a subsistence to a commercial level.

Illustrative Project:

The projects cover eleven villages / settlements in the peripheral areas of Berea Districts.

Women in Business - Lesotho

Address: Private Bag A 197, Maseru, Lesotho
Phone: 266 32 43 97
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Contact: Project Manager
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Rural / Urban
Members: Women
Year Founded: 1989
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Sesotho
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Earned income / Foreign donors
Affiliations: Lesotho Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To assist Basotho women to develop and sustain profitable businesses; to work with government to break down the barriers which women face; to fight against  laws discriminating against women.

Illustrative Project:

Research into the role of women in the private sector in Lesotho commissioned by the Association of Lesotho Employers. WIB Project manager is a member of the SADC Regional Advisory Committee on gender issues. WIB is also a member in the Task Force formulating a national strategy to reduce poverty.

Women's Research Collective

Address: National University of Lesotho, P.O. Roma 180, Maseru, Lesotho
Phone: 266 9 340 601
Fax: 266 9 340 000
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Type of Organization: National / Local / Community
Members: Women
Year Founded: 1980
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Sesotho
Source of Annual Budget: Membership fees / Foreign donors
Affiliations: AWWORD

Action Areas:

Purpose:

To promote research on women by women; to establish a database on women; to provide and train resource persons on gender and development.

Illustrative Project:

Three published annotated bibliographies of women in Lesotho; compiled NGO reports under the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women to which Lesotho is a State party.

World Vision International - Lesotho

Address: Private Bag A 256, Maseru, 100, Lesotho
Phone: 266 31 73 71
Fax: 266 31 02 55
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Contact: N.T. Borotho
Type of Organization: National / Local / Community / Rural
Members: Men / Women / Youth / Elderly
Year Founded: 1978
International Working Language: English
Local Working Language: Sesotho
Source of Annual Budget: Local donors / Foreign donors
Affiliations: World Vision International

Action Areas:

Purpose:

World Vision is an international organization of Christians whose mission is to follow the Lord Jesus Christ by working with the poor and the oppressed, seek justice and bear witness to the goodness of the Kingdom of God.

Illustrative Project:

We have built a health centre and a primary health care unit in a village in North Eastern Lesotho to serve the surrounding areas whose people formerly had to walk long distances for medical services. We have also initiated other activities such as latrine building, installing ground water pipes, running a communal garage and a poultry project.