LETSEMA NETWORK – WORKING TOGETHER

Letsema, which means working together in Sesotho, is a network set up by Sentebale with the support of UNICEF. With community support at the heart of Basotho culture, the network provides collaboration amongst organisations caring for vulnerable children and peer-led HIV prevention, education and life-skills training for adolescents and communities.

Living with HIV Access to education Care for children Letsema: working together
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YOUTH HELPING YOUTH

Young people, known as “peer educators” are recruited and trained with Ministry of Health professionals to deliver life skills workshops in schools, community youth clubs, and access to HIV testing and counselling services.

Workshops and clubs cover a broad range of topics for 10-19 year olds, such as teenage pregnancy, HIV prevention and management, sexual health information, drug abuse, negotiation and decision making skills, to encourage children to make the right choices in life.

Meet Retsepile, a peer educator for a health clinic in Mafeteng district

 My name is Sabelo, I am 19 years old. When I was 12 I enrolled in Tsakholo High School as I wanted to complete Form A but my family couldn’t afford the school fees. 

 Before I was trained, I was shy and I didn’t know how to care for myself. I suffered low self-esteem and fell pregnant at a young age. 

 Today, my life is so fruitful; I am able to bring children and adolescents together and have a peer-to-peer session with them, sharing all the life skill knowledge I have acquired from my training. I teach them that we have to bear the consequence of the decisions we make in life and encourage them to make good choices. I am working hard to make sure that the teenagers in my community understand the harmful effects of teenage pregnancy, alcohol and drug abuse. 

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Meet Teboho, 12 years old

 My name is Teboho and I live in Ha Seeiso. I am a member of the Adolescent Corner Club at a health clinic in Maseru district. 

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 Club has helped us a lot because we learn about self-esteem, knowing who we are and the importance of the decisions we make in life. 

 Having attended club I can now help advise others my age on their decisions and how we should try to behave – I can even advise my parents! 

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WORKING TOGETHER WITH COMMUNITY-LED ORGANISATIONS

The Letsema network identifies who is doing what, where with vulnerable children in Lesotho, and holds national and regional forums to ensure children and young people have access to the relevant health services and support needed to lead healthy lives.

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Living with HIV Access to education Care for children Letsema: working together
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