Sentebale was founded by Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex and Prince Seeiso in 2006 as a response to the needs of children and young people in Lesotho. The name means ‘forget-me-not’ in the Sesotho language, representing a pledge to remember the most vulnerable children in the region.
We started by helping meet the basic needs of children and young people but, over time, began to address the root causes of poverty and inequality. There has been a strong focus on HIV/AIDS – especially through psychosocial support, outreach work into communities and our purpose-built centre where children living with HIV can attend week long camps and receive in-depth support. As progress has been made in tackling the HIV/AIDS epidemic we are increasingly addressing some of the wider challenges that children and young people have articulated. Although our working methods have evolved over the years our primary focus on children and young people has remained our consistent priority.
Sentebale continues to reach children and young people in Lesotho and Botswana living with or affected by HIV, especially the most vulnerable who are often challenged by issues of deprivation, exploitation, abuse or neglect. They may also be disadvantaged or marginalised due to mental health issues, sexual and gender-based violence, alcohol or substance abuse, sexual orientation, stigma or other challenges that affect their health and wellbeing.
Children and young people are at the centre of Sentebale’s work, we listen to their needs and expectations and always protect their rights. Sentebale empowers young people, ensuring they are safe and confident, able to lead and advocate for themselves and their peers. The work is rooted in values of compassion, respect, sustainability, and accountability.
All children and young people in Southern Africa are empowered, healthy and resilient.
To enable vulnerable children and young people to thrive.