We co-founded Sentebale in 2006 as a response to the needs of young people in Lesotho, driven by our shared love for the country, and in honour of our mothers. Sentebale means ‘forget-me-not’ in the Sesotho language and symbolises our core pledge; to always advocate for the most vulnerable amongst us.

The beautiful mountain kingdom of Lesotho faces real challenges;

a number of which were exacerbated following the COVID-19 pandemic. Significant youth unemployment, mental health concerns, gender-based violence, high rates of HIV and AIDs and difficult environmental living conditions are major issues. Through Sentebale’s work we are committed to supporting children and young people to build their skills to be more resilient and self-sufficient, ultimately helping to address the deep wealth inequity in Southern Africa, while providing access to vital health services, care and support. In the years since our founding, we have scaled up and evolved our operations, delivering our holistic package of support to children and young people and extending our programme to Botswana in 2019.

Our work is contributing to positive change in these countries.

In Lesotho,

we’re meeting UNAIDS targets, and now over 90 percent of people living with HIV know their status, 90 percent of those who know their status are enrolled in treatment, and 90 percent of those in treatment have a suppressed viral load.

In Botswana,

rates of adult HIV prevalence have been halved in the last 20 years and, in what the World Health Organization has called a ‘remarkable achievement’, the country is on its way to becoming the first African country to eliminate mother-to-child transmissions of HIV.

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As our work expands,

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. The youth population in Africa is a pivotal force, with the continent expected to be home to one-quarter of the global population by 2050. The World Economic Forum data tells us that more than 60% of Africa’s population is under age 25. By 2030, young Africans are expected to constitute 42% of global youth. Our solutions must represent the voice of the next generation and youth must be given the right tools and support to lead.

We are inspired daily and believe deeply in the power and creativity of our next generation to drive change and innovate, creating a more resilient future.

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Prince Seeiso

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