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The United States (U.S) Ambassador to Lesotho, Mr. Matthew Matt Harrington presented grants amounting to $140 000 (approximately M2 million) to ten local organisations at an event held at his residence in Maseru on Tuesday.

The funding is intended to help the ten organization to enhance their initiatives in the  fight against HIV and AIDS.

Speaking at this event, the Ambassador expressed his joy to award grants to ten groups working to fight the effects of HIV and AIDS pandemic in Lesotho, saying AIDS remains a national emergency with a devastating impact on families, communities and society as a whole.

Mr. Harrington noted that Lesotho was bad news for many years when it came to the fight against HIV/AIDS, thereby applauding her for making progress as she became the first country in the sub-Saharan Africa to adopt the “test and treat” approach to HIV/AIDS.

He further mentioned that the U.S Government has long stood by Lesotho's side in the fight against this disease, noting that this is the tenth year and that they will forever be partners to fight this health threat.

“Please know that as Basotho confront this epidemic, Lesotho will continue to have a determined and collaborative partner in the United States.” He said.

In his words of guidance to the beneficiaries, he said their proposals were selected because U.S has faith in their ability and intention to use the funds wisely, adding that as they work to implement their projects, they must bear in mind that the grant is not a blank cheque.

Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Ms. Mats'eliso Lemaoana from Rutanang Support Group expressed their appreciation and gratitude to the U.S, saying they promise to work hard to bring hope in their communities by helping to transform lives of vulnerable children and orphans.

Andrew Blais Orphanage Home, Beautiful Gate Child Care Centre, Boikhollo Bofumeng Mosala, Marakabei Community Care Coalition and Youth with new mission to mention a few, are amongst ten organistaions that received the grants.


Source: LENA 15/08/2017


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