With EU and UNICEF support, Lesotho puts in place a social protection programme for the most vulnerable
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Contributed Date: February 13 2012 at 18:30
 
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...The social protection programme was initiated in 2007 to build a national social safety net with services for vulnera-ble children affected by HIV/AIDS. The programme aimed to provide support for 60,000 children’s physical as well as emotional needs, delivering concrete assistance, like the child grants, as well as regular visits from social workers.
“There is a tremendous HIV and AIDS challenge, which affects almost a quarter of the population,” said Ambassador Hans Duynhouwer, head of the EU Delegation in Lesotho. “It is important for the EU to be relevant to this major chal-lenge through our social protection efforts. We have made good progress so far.”
“The cash grants are complemented by other equally critical components for the well-being of a child. That means that through this programme, children are reached with both material and psychosocial support. The combined effect of this support for a vulnerable child is immense,” said Lineo Lephoto, a government district welfare officer....
The programme – and its relationship to the community – is anchored in Lesotho’s existing services, policies and laws. For instance, community-based training on psychosocial support and child protection training draws on the recently enacted Children’s Protection and Welfare Act, while the provision of school uniforms for vulnerable children supports the Government’s existing policy of providing free and compulsory primary education.
“It is encouraging to note that, in the face of enormous odds, individuals, communities and the government continue showing resilience,” said UNICEF Representative in Lesotho Ahmed Magan, “and are rallying to support one another and ensure that children and their families are protected and provided for.”
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Author: Tsitsi SingiziYear: 2012
 
Terms & Tags: News story, Children Affected By HIV or AIDS (CABA), Lesotho , Southern Africa, Care and Support, Cash Transfers,
 
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