LESOTHO
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    The Facts

    Getting there
    The majority of visitors to Lesotho arrive by road from South Africa. There are daily services
    from and to Johannesburg International Airport operated by SA Airlink. South African
    Airways, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic operate daily services to Johannesburg from
    London Heathrow.


    Accommodation
    Guest house
    Visa requirements:
    Visas are not required for entry into Lesotho by British passport holders, visitor visas for
    USA and others can be obtained at the airport (if you are not from the USA or UK check with
    Lesotho consulate in your countries capitol) however, all passports must be valid for 6-12
    months before & beyond the intended length of the stay.

    Money
    The unit of currency is the Loti, which is divided into 100 Lisente, or the South African Rand.
    The notes are issued in Loti denominations of 10, 20, 50, 100 or 200. International Credit
    Cards are widely accepted in main centers, as are US Dollars or South African Rand

    Health
    Health Requirements:
    A Yellow Fever certificate is required but only if arriving from infected areas. Immunization
    is however recommended against hepatitis A, polio, tetanus and typhoid.

    Getting around
    Participants must arrange their own International flights, but will be met and transported
    throughout the duration of the build.

    Climate
    The hot, humid and wet season is between November and April. It is cooler and drier the
    rest of the year.

    Best time to visit:
    May to October.  Although it is has been known to get very cold and even snow in June-
    July…



    Country Facts
    Population: 10,307,333
    Climate: tropical; modified by altitude; rainy season (Oct to April)
    Main industries: copper mining and processing, construction, foodstuffs, beverages,
    chemicals, agriculture, tourism
    Languages: English (official), Bemba, Kaonde, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja, Tonga, and about
    70 other indigenous languages
    Literacy: 81%
    Life expectancy: 35 years old
    No. of adults and children living with HIV/ AIDS rate (as of 2001): 1,200,000
    No. of AIDS orphans (0-14) (as of 2001): 570,000
    % below poverty line: 86%
    Zambia, a landlocked country in south-central Africa, is about one-tenth larger than Texas.
    It is surrounded by Angola, Zaire, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and
    Namibia. The country is mostly a plateau that rises to 8,000 ft (2,434

    “The Kingdom in the Sky” and for good reason – it is home to the majestic Drakensberg and
    Maloti Mountain ranges with several peaks surpassing 10,000 feet. In fact, the lowest
    elevation in the country is still above 3,000 feet making it the world’s highest “minimum
    elevation” of any nation on earth! We like to say that every road in Lesotho is a scenic route,
    and its true – no matter which direction you head from the capital city of Maseru, splendor
    continues to unfold with each passing curve. Nestled in the palm of South Africa, Lesotho
    shares strong economic ties with its neighbor but is proud of its unique political, cultural
    and social identity.

    High altitude and autonomy, however, bring distinctive challenges to Habitat’s work in
    Lesotho. During the winter months (May through August), snow often covers much of the
    mountain ranges and makes working outdoors difficult. Since only one half of 1% of Lesotho
    is forested (only Libya has less), obtaining coal, kerosene or straw for heating becomes the
    top priority for both urban and rural families living in stone or brick houses with no
    insulation. And having strong economic ties with South Africa does not mean to infer that
    the Lesotho economy is expanding. Challenges in the textile and agriculture sectors, and
    the high prevalence rate of HIV/Aids makes it difficult for families afford safe and decent
    shelter. These dilemmas encourage many families to migrate to larger cities in search of
    stable employment.
    In many instances, arriving in the capital with little money and even less formal training, it
    becomes problematic in trying to find work and housing. Families end up living in
    overcrowded, unsafe and unhealthy conditions. As many as fifteen families may share one
    latrine and children play near open sewage. Women are particularly vulnerable since they
    have no inheritance rights, and little hope of ever having a place to call their own. The
    Ministry of Local Government reports that more than 45,000 units of decent, affordable
    housing are needed to resolve the current crisis in the capital district alone!

    Habitat for Humanity Lesotho
    Habitat for Humanity Lesotho (HFHL) launched its program in 2001 and is primarily building
    houses in Khubelo, on the outskirts of the urban capital, Maseru. The block and brick
    homes utilize a corrugated iron roof and consist of two to three rooms, or 28 and 43 sq.
    meters respectively. All houses have a detached latrine.

    Since snow accumulates for several weeks at a time in rural areas, Habitat has partnered
    with World Vision in reaching out to one of these remote locations – Mohales Hoek – where
    HFHL is providing technical support for the construction of 150 homes for low income
    families in need of safe and decent housing at affordable prices.

    Program Highlights
    HIV/Aids is rampant in Lesotho where over 40% of females aged between 25 – 39 are
    infected. UNICEF estimates there are over 100,000 Aids orphans living in Lesotho and this
    number is expected to increase significantly in the years to come. Since 2005, HFHL has
    been providing shelter for children and youths in this category while a partner agency, SOS
    Children’s Village, attends to the health, education and food security needs. There are
    currently plans underway to expand this project.

    HFHL works in close partnership with other groups committed to reducing poverty housing,
    including the Ministry of Local Government. The MoLG has assisted HFHL in locating land for
    housing at reduced costs and has expressed interest in becoming more active in advocacy
    on behalf of women and children for secure tenure and inheritance rights. In cooperation
    with UN Habitat and the Maseru City Council, HFHL is an integral part of the National Urban
    Support Team dedicated to eradicating informal settlements by the year 2020. HFHL also
    participates in the World Habitat Day sponsored by UN Habitat and the MoLG.

    Proposed Schedule for Anir Experience & HfH Build:
    Day 1 Pre-build (optional) Depart home for Cape Town South Africa
    Day 2 Arrive Cape Town
    Day 2-8 Cape Town Experience click here
    Day 8 (day 1 for folks not participating in pre-build they depart for
    Lesotho)
    Day 9 Cape Town Pre-build depart for Lesotho - everyone arrives in
    Lesotho
    Day 10 Orientation in Lesotho
    Day 11-16 Build Lesotho
    Day 17 R&R Lesotho cultural experience
    Day 18-22 build
    Day 23 - Closing Celebration
    Day 24-27 Post-build safari in Kruger National Park
    LESOTHO (Text from Sandawana-Africa / www.sandawana-africa.com/lesotho)







    Stunning scenery, invigorating mountain air and endless blue skies"
    With all its land lying at altitudes of more than 1,000 metres, Lesotho is aptly
    described as "The Kingdom in the Sky". Indeed the country boasts the highest
    mountain in Southern Africa, Thaba-Ntlenyana, which towers to 3,482m. The size
    of Belgium, Lesotho also has the unusual distinction of being entirely surrounded by
    another country, the Republic of South Africa.
    [folks] come here not for the bush and big game, but for stunning scenery,
    invigorating mountain air and endless blue skies.

    Travel Highlights:
    In spite of new mountain roads, some areas of the country are
    still off the beaten track so pony trekking
    is a popular way to explore the country.
    The traditional lifestyle of the Basotho people
    can still be observed in the Lesotho Highlands.
    Building of the Katse Dam and the flooding of
    the Malibamatso Valley has created watersports
    and angling opportunities.

    Lesotho's capital, Maseru, has a number of colonial buildings, dating back to the
    start of the century. The Basotho Hat building, which houses a handicraft shop and
    a restaurant, is an important landmark. Here it is not unusual to see blanketed
    Basotho horsemen, with their distinctive conical hats, weaving through the heavy
    traffic or craftsmen manufacturing their goods in the front of modern office
    buildings.