Lesotho Mission Trip

Kathryn Eifert Start Date: Apr 19, 2018 - End Date: Apr 18, 2019

My Travel Story

by: Kathryn Eifert Start Date: Apr 19, 2018 - End Date: Apr 18, 2019

Lesotho, a landlocked country entirely surrounded by South Africa, suffered almost equally from the harsh realities of Apartheid for over forty years. As a result of this legacy, Lesotho is one of the thirty poorest countries in the world, with an HIV prevalence rate of 23.9%, and the highest per capita death rate from HIV of any country in the world. According to the UN, in a country of roughly 2.1 million people, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has helped create a situation in which there are 360,000 orphans living in the mountain kingdom. Additionally, due to poor soil and other climatic conditions, Lesotho only produces about 10% of its own food. These two crises combined led to the government’s 2013 proclamation that 550,000 children were facing severe malnutrition.

My advisor is an ambassador to the nation of Lesotho. I have expressed an interest in a nonprofit that Wittenberg University takes part in called Lesotho Nurition Initiative. We hold packing events to pack meals for children with malnutrition in Lesotho.Since the start of our organization we have packed over 370,000 meals.We are currently on track to feed 1,500 children for 3 years! The director of this program takes about 20-30 Wittenberg students to Lesotho for a service project every other summer. On this trip Wittenberg students build a house for a family in need, provide service in a local school, and throw a carnival for the childrens hospital that deals with children with HIV/AIDS.  

As I have worked through LNI and under my advisor, Dr. Scott Rosenberg, I have learned that there is so much in the world we can do to make it a better place and just help people. Kao Rea Tsoana Kaofela. We are all the same.

I would be blessed to be able to go on this trip and learn first hand about Lesotho and the problems they face there and any contribution given is much appreciated.