We have now published our Annual Report and Accounts 2019-2020, showcasing our work in Southern Africa with children and young people affected by HIV.
For our organisation, and many others, the past year hasn’t been easy. Our programming approach, which relies on people coming together in groups, was no longer possible, due to the Covid-19 epidemic social restrictions.
Yet we also understood that Sentebale was needed more than ever. And so, we innovated and evolved – finding new ways to support children, young people and their carers. Our experience in responding to the HIV/AIDS pandemic meant we already had the tools to act as a trusted information resource. Our role as a communicator was a valuable asset, enabling us to reach out and support communities when they needed it most.
In Lesotho, 101 clubs were supported in 10 districts serving an average of 2,446 children. During lockdown, 1,000 club members or their caregivers were given support by phone. During this time, 22,356 orphans and vulnerable children were helped with improved access to support services, and 1,800 members were enrolled in 194 Worth Groups, who set up a total of 345 micro-businesses.
In Botswana, where Sentebale has been working for four years, 47 clubs were registered reaching 1,258 children and young people. 1,015 caregivers were registered and supported. During lockdown, over 600 young club members were contacted by phone to offer invaluable support and reassurance.
Please do take time to read the report, which highlights our achievements over this difficult year, and discover the stories of some of the young people supported by Sentebale.
As we begin recovering from Covid-19, now is also the time for Sentebale to look to the future and the role we will and must play. After a participatory process with all key stakeholders, we have set out our new 2020-2025 strategy, which mission is to enable vulnerable children and young people to thrive.
Reiterating their support long into the future, Co-Founding Patrons Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso said:
“Despite the challenges the world is still facing, we remain excited and positive about Sentebale’s sustained impact. As countries emerge from the pandemic, we will continue to play a leading role for children and young people.
We are fully committed to supporting Sentebale and working with others to help achieve its vision and mission. To a near future filled with bright smiles, positive transformation, and healthy communities.”
CEO Richard Miller said:
“We are very proud that, despite all the challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were still able to deliver and achieve so many positive outcomes.”