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  • Prince Harry in Lesotho
  • Prince Harry in Lesotho
  • Prince Harry in Lesotho

In 2006, Prince Harry jointly founded Sentebale, a charity to help orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho, South Africa.

Following Prince Harry’s first visit to Lesotho during his gap year in 2004, he felt compelled to help the orphaned children whose lives had been shattered by the AIDS pandemic.

Together with his great friend Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, the younger brother of King Letsie III, Prince Harry set up Sentebale working in partnership with the Basotho people at all levels – from government to grass roots organisations, to provide health, care and education to the most needy children; in particular those suffering with the HIV infection, children with disabilities, orphans and herd boys whose livelihood limits their access to education.

Sentebale runs four programmes:

  • Community partners grant programme - which provides management advice and funding to grass roots organisations caring for children who are orphaned or are disabled.

  • Mamohato network and camps – six five-day camps each year and monthly network clubs for those children aware of their HIV status. The programme addresses psychosocial issues connected to the disease. It also invites caregivers and family to be involved.

  • Herd boy education programme - offers primary education and basic life skills to herd boys whose livelihood limits their access to education.

  • Letsema network - a collaborative online network and national and regional monthly forums which encourages grass roots organisations to congregate and discuss topical matters concerning children in their care.

The word Sentebale was chosen as the name of the charity which means ‘forget-me-not’ in Sesotho (the language spoken in Lesotho). The word represents the continuation of both of The Princes' mothers’ work in helping those affected by AIDS and poverty - but most importantly, that Lesotho and the plight of its children are not forgotten.

 

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  • Prince Harry visits St. Bernadette School for the visually impaired

    Prince Harry visits St. Bernadette School for the visually impaired

  • Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso at the Kananelo Centre for the Deaf

    Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso at the Kananelo Centre for the Deaf

  • Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso at the Kananelo Centre for the Deaf

    Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso at the Kananelo Centre for the Deaf

  • Prince Harry visits St. Bernadette School for the visually impaired

    Prince Harry visits St. Bernadette School for the visually impaired

  • Children prepare to meet Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso at the Kananelo Centre for the Deaf

    Children prepare to meet Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso at the Kananelo Centre for the Deaf

Since Sentebale began, Prince Harry has worked hard to raise the awareness of this landlocked, poverty stricken country and the children caught up in its strife. This began with the documentary titled “The Forgotten Kingdom - Prince Harry in Lesotho” and continues today with the extensive publicity it receives from the annual Sentebale Polo Cup fundraising event, which moves to a different location around the globe each year. Prince Harry remains very close to the running and future plans for Sentebale, which are challenging yet achievable. His ambition for the charity is to reach out to even more disadvantaged and vulnerable children giving them hope for the future.

Prince Harry visits Lesotho regularly.  In February 2013, Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso visited Kananelo Centre for the Deaf and St. Bernadette School for the visually impaired in Maseru.

He also attended a gala dinner in Johannesburg South Africa at which he gave a speech about the work of the charity.  He said:  "The future of this very small and beautiful country, and its magnificent people, could and should be very bright.  We need your support this evening to help make it so."

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    Children waiting to meet Prince Harry in Lesotho

    Sentebale was founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in memory of their mothers.

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