Prince Harry shares photos from trip to Lesotho

Prince Harry has shared some personal thoughts and photos from a recent tour to Lesotho in support of his charity Sentebale.

To view the images and Prince Harry’s caption please visit the Gallery.

The Prince has also released a small selection of his own images from the visit and has provided personal captions to a wider selection of photos.

A major focus of Prince Harry’s trip to Lesotho (between 5th – 10th December), was to view the construction and development of Sentebale’s new Mamohato Children’s Centre. The facility will increase four-fold the number of vulnerable children Sentebale can support through healthcare and education. Using the existing Camp Mamohato initiative, the Centre will provide emotional and psychological support to children living with HIV. During the visit Prince Harry attended a number of workshops and activities that help children with HIV develop greater confidence, self-reliance and address the stigma surrounding them.

The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community assisted in the design of the Mahamoto Children’s Centre by working with  local architect to create a sustainable, beautiful and locally-inspired centre that will become a permanent home to Sentebale’s programmes which support some of Lesotho’s most vulnerable children. The Prince’s Foundation utilised their expertise in sustainable development to ensure the design of the centre met the needs of the young residents, whilst creating a pleasant environment that celebrates the country’s rich culture and natural surroundings. The centre’s layout reflects that of a village, and facilities will include accommodation cabins, activity rooms, various camp facilities and sporting pitches.

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Prince Harry visits the construction site for the Mamohato Children’s Centre. “The last time I was on the site was before we’d ‘broken ground,’ so to see the progress so far was absolutely amazing. 135 workers on site, all the buildings are half done, and a dining hall that Hogwarts would be proud of. This is a serious project, far bigger in bricks than it is on paper. This is the perfect setting – the sacred land at Thaba-Bosiu given to us by His Majesty King Letsie. We can’t wait for it to be finished and full of smiling, screaming children and hopefully this wall will still be standing.” Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Writing in a caption to a photograph taken at the Camp Mamohato Centre, Prince Harry said: “These are children who have never had the chance to talk about their illness, and who had no idea that they were one of so many in their age group. It was really emotional watching them interact with each other. Some really outgoing chatty kids, others slightly overwhelmed, but all with huge smiles. This confirmed to me again that what we’re doing is going to change thousands of children’s lives, and hopefully save a generation.”

Speaking of the opportunity to document the visit himself, Prince Harry said: “I have always enjoyed photography and the challenges that come with trying to capture the perfect shot, although privately I don’t take many photos. The best photos I have are in my head – I have some very special memories, mostly from Africa. But on this visit, I had the time and opportunity to be on the other side of the camera and take some photos in the stunning country of Lesotho for my charity Sentebale.”

Prince Harry also travelled to the highlands of Mokhotlong to see the herd boys (young shepherds), who are benefitting from Sentebale’s night school programme, offering basic education and life skills.

Alongside Prince Seeiso of Lesotho (Sentebale’s co-founder), Prince Harry then took the opportunity to visit some of Sentebale’s community partners who support and educate children living with multiple disabilities, including the Thuso Centre, Pehlisanong Home, Touching Tiny Lives and Mant’sase orphanage.

Cathy Ferrier, CEO of Sentebale said, “This visit was a great opportunity for Prince Harry to revisit Sentebale’s work in country, meet the children and see the positive impact of our programmes. He also had a chance to put his personal input to the next phase of the building of the ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre. All the team at Sentebale are excited to see the plans for the new children’s centre coming to life and are looking forward to the opening in 2015. We can’t wait!”

 

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