2023 Annual Report and Accounts are published

2023 marked a significant percentage of funds actively engaged for programming execution.

We are delighted to share with you our 2023 Annual Report & Accounts. Our partners and supporters are crucial in enabling us to work with children and young people and their communities to create sustainable solutions that address issues of health, wealth inequity, and from this year, climate resilience in southern Africa.

This financial year, ending 31 August 2023, was one of strong delivery for the charity and we achieved real, life-changing impact for children and young people. Our four strategic pillars continued to be carried out through our holistic web of programmes and succeeded in creating opportunities for children and young people to fulfil their ambitions for self-sufficiency and resilience.

We hope you enjoy reading about our work and the progress made.

Richard Miller, CEO

Highlights of the 2023 Annual Report & Accounts:

  • Our spend towards charitable activities increased for the ‘22/’23 fiscal year.
  • We increased our investment in programmes by 22% – the result of planned investment in sustainable programmes following successful fundraising in previous years.
  • Almost 77,000 children and young people in Lesotho have an improved understanding of sexual and reproductive health and rights through our Youth Hub programme.
  • An external evaluation of our Clubs and Camps programme across both countries proved its contribution to the national response of improved health status amongst children and young people.
  • Working with healthcare professionals at multiple levels from the villages to districts, 4601 patients living with HIV were identified as missing appointments at health facilities. 95% of those patients were tracked and returned to care.
  • In partnership with UNICEF, we established the first ever Network for Young People Living with HIV in Botswana, serving as a holistic support structure, reached almost 200 individuals, the target for year one.
  • We delivered economic strengthening and social asset building skills to 662 adolescent girls and young women.
  • 227 business owners and government officials engaged in roundtable discussions on delivering mentorship, internships, business and life skills training to adolescent girls and young women in Lesotho.
  • Our programme leads contributed to first of its kind qualitative research in 2023 to be published in 2024 in BMJ Public Health, on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on young people living with HIV in Lesotho.  The outcome supports the deep need for ongoing psychosocial intervention.

Co-Founding Patrons’ Foreword

Eighteen years since founding Sentebale, the mission remains to never forget and always advocate for the most vulnerable amongst us – children and young people.

It’s been two decades since we met, and nearly as long since we co-founded Sentebale. From that very first meeting, we shared a bond over our love for the country of Lesotho, our love for our mothers, and our determination to use our platforms to create positive change. Every day since our founding, Sentebale has put into action our shared belief that by listening and providing the right support, every young person can have opportunities to improve their life and meaningfully contribute to society.

Over the years we have scaled up and evolved our operations, delivering our holistic package of support to children and young people in Lesotho and Botswana where our work is contributing to real change in these countries. We do so across four main pillars of focus: Health & Wellbeing; Nurturing Communities; Youth Advocacy; and Youth & Livelihoods.

Whilst Lesotho and Botswana are countries of great beauty and natural resources, local communities continue to face real challenges including high youth unemployment, mental health concerns, gender-based violence and significant rates of HIV and AIDs, particularly among youth. Today more than ever, we are also acutely aware of the impact of global climate change on daily life.

As our work broadens into new domains such as entrepreneurship and climate resilience, children and young people remain at the centre – we listen to their needs and expectations, ensuring they are safe, confident, and able to lead and advocate for themselves and their peers.

We are hugely grateful to the Sentebale teams, partners and supporters who make it all possible. Thank you from both of us and our entire community of beneficiaries. We are encouraged by the children and young people’s ingenuity, their hope and their resilience. They fill us with continued confidence that we can and will create a better future together.

Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex | Prince Seeiso of Lesotho