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Stephen Lewis Foundation supports projects in
Lesotho, Mozambique & Zimbabwe

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Diamonds are produced at 4 mines, last year worth US$300 million.  The official currency is the loti , used interchangeably with the South African rand.  


Lesotho has one of the highest literacy rates in Africa.  Although education is not compulsory, the Government of Lesotho is gradually introducing a program for free primary education.  But Lesotho's residents still struggle for access to vital services, such as healthcare, transport and educational resources.

The traditional style of housing in Lesotho is called a mokhoro.  Many older houses outside Maseru are of this type, with walls usually constructed from large stones cemented together.  We see a few with baked mud bricks and  thatched roofs and quite a lot with corrugated roofing sheets.

Traditional dress is the Basotho blanket, a thick covering made primarily of wool.  We notice that men and women wear their blankets  differently.

As we head back to Maseru with the truck radio playing,  Frida tells us about traditional musical instruments including the lekolulo, a kind of flute used by herding boys, the setolo-tolo, played by men using their mouth, and the woman's stringed thomo

The national anthem of Lesotho is "Lesotho Fatše La Bo-ntata Rona", which literally translates into "Lesotho, Land of Our Fore-Fathers".

A nurse & HIV Testing Services Mentor Mother crossing a river to get to a hard to reach community.

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