THE YOUTH HUB

Sentebale provides adolescent-friendly HIV Testing & Counselling Services (HTS) and HIV prevention services in Lesotho, with young people (18 to 24 year olds) at the heart of delivering this work. These young people are called our peer educators.

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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 Sabelo, 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. 

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. 

 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! 

Peer educator workshops

HERD BOYS

Lesotho’s herd boys are a marginalised section of the community and one of its most vulnerable populations. The tradition of tending to livestock in the mountains, from as young as 10 years old, means they often miss opportunities access to health services and life skills training afforded to their peers in mainstream schools.

The programme focuses on health outreaches for herd boys, including HIV testing and counselling services, psychosocial support training for their night school teachers and advocacy for herd boy rights. The combination of these activities will help ensure they have the tools to lead happy, healthy lives.

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