BREAKING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY
Action Lesotho is an Irish NGO whose aim is to bring humanitarian and development aid from Ireland to the Kingdom of Lesotho in southern Africa.
Lesotho is a beautiful, mountainous country entirely surrounded by South Africa. It is one of the poorest countries in the world, with 57% of the people living below the poverty line of $1 a day. For most of these, every day is a hungry day, when they do not know where their next meal will come from. Over the past 20 years it has suffered the ravages of the AIDS epidemic which has decimated the productive middle generation, infected over a quarter of the population and reduced life expectancy there to 42 years – the lowest in the world. The most urgent need is for food, incomes, and healthcare.
The core objective of Action Lesotho is to break this cycle of poverty by providing people with the skills needed to access employment, create their own jobs, grow their own food, and meet the humanitarian needs of the most disadvantaged in their communities.
Action Lesotho’s activities in Lesotho are based firmly on the idea that change is achieved by working with local communities and national agencies to provide Resources, build Capacity, work in Partnership, give people Ownership of the development process, and Empower them. We develop small-scale local projects to test what works and what does not work, and then seek to engage with the national agencies to implement the successful projects on a wider scale.
Craft Sector Support Service – Tourism, arts and craft development and support service for the craft sector
Agriculture – Action Lesotho Farm and Agricultural Enterprise Development
Textile Youth Employment Programme