At Habitat for Humanity of Washington & Dodge Counties, not only do we support our own communities, but we also send support to Habitat for Humanity of Lesotho, located in Africa.
Lesotho is one of the least developed countries in the world with 57.1% of the population living below the poverty line. The rate of HIV and AIDS in adults is estimated at 25.6%, which triggers rapidly increasing numbers of orphans and other vulnerable children. More than 27% of children under 18 are orphans.
Most housing structures in Lesotho do not meet any local
standards for decent living. Most houses are built out of
mud, stones or sticks and often lack proper ventilation due
to absence of windows. Safety in such houses is minimal as
the doors are of poor quality and often lack proper door
locks. Land ownership disputes related to inheritance rights
often lead to vulnerable groups becoming victims of
disinheritance and property and land grabbing.