Since our founding, we have partnered with a number of organizations who share a similar passion for combatting malnutrition in Lesotho. With proper feeding and nutrition our partners help us provide, the future generations of Lesotho will reach their full developmental and cognitive abilities.
The Lesotho Nutrition Initiative is run by Wittenberg University students and faculty. LNI was formed by a group of Wittenberg students who felt the need to do more after participating in a service trip to Lesotho. LNI provides Wittenberg students with an opportunity to utilize their liberal arts education to engage the global community and student communities in the central Ohio region. Wittenberg University also hosted LNI's first packing event and continues to host packing events throughout the school year.
Pack Away Hunger is a non-profit organization dedicated to greatly improving the lives of children and others who suffer from hunger and malnutrition.
Their Nutri-Plenty® Meal contains Mathile M+ Micronutrients™, a scientifically-proven blend of 21 vitamins and minerals shown to help alleviate and also reverse the effects of micronutrient malnutrition in young children. The Nutri-Plenty® meal also contains a healthy mixture of rice, soy, vegetables and flavorings. The meal is easy to prepare, requiring only a pot, boiling water and a spoon.
LNI creates the Nutri-Plenty® Meals at packing events that engage hundreds of volunteers. LNI organizes and raises funds for the events, and Pack Away Hunger provides all of the necessary raw ingredients for the meals.
Working in the Mokhotlong and Thaba-Tseka districts of Lesotho, Touching Tiny Lives (TTL) has been dedicated to helping orphaned and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS and malnutrition since 2004. Staffed and managed locally by Basotho, TTL supports clients in some of the most remote areas of the country. They are committed to saving as many lives as possible, one child at time.
This before and after photo shows the full impact of TTL's work. They make such a difference in the lives of these children. Together with the use of our meals TTL can help more people in their community than ever before.
United Nations World Food Programme
In 2015 the global community adopted the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development to improve people’s lives by 2030. Goal 2 – Zero Hunger – pledges to end hunger, achieve food security, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture, and is the priority of the World Food Programme.
Every day, WFP and its partners work to bring us closer to a zero hunger world. With our humanitarian food assistance, we provide nutritious food to those in urgent need. Meanwhile our complementary programmes address the root causes of hunger, building the resilience of communities, so we don’t need to keep saving the same lives each year.
LNI has helped the WFP towards their goal of Zero Hunger by providing them with more meals to address the issues of hunger in Lesotho. In return, they have helped us identify where our Nutri-Plenty® Meals are needed and have assisted us is helping them get there.
The Kick4Life Centre is based in Maseru, Lesotho’s capital city. This is the home ground of Kick4Life's teams and a hub of social and economic development. They deliver a range of social interventions around health education & life skills, with their flagship programme, the Kick4Life Academy providing vulnerable children & young people with intensive academic support, football coaching and character development, with the aim of supporting participants to genuinely life-changing opportunities at international universities. Through this long-term, holistic approach, they aim to empower young people with the skills and confidence to become change makers and leaders in the long-term sustainable development of Lesotho. They also deliver a wide range of social development initiatives for vulnerable youth including HIV testing & counselling, health education and employability initiatives.
LNI has recently partnered with Kick4Life in order to begin providing a few hundred children (who are either malnourished or HIV positive) with the Nutri-Plenty® Meals. We look forward to seeing the positive impact our partnership could have in Maseru.
Baylor International Pediatric AIDs Initiative
Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation—Lesotho (BCMCF-L) operates the Baylor College of Medicine/Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Clinical Center of Excellence (COE) in the capital, Maseru, and five Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital/Bristol-Myers Squibb Satellite Centers of Excellence (SCOEs) in Botha-Bothe, Leribe, Mohale’s Hoek, Mokhotlong, and Qacha’s Nek districts. BCMCF-L also provides medical expertise and professional training to Ministry of Health hospitals and health centers throughout the country. The SCOEs particularly help decentralize health care outside the capital, since each satellite acts as a catalyst to build its outreach programs, Teen Clubs, and educational efforts. BCMCF-L staff provide practical hands-on training in HIV, TB, and general child health at the COE, SCOEs, and on-site at public health facilities.
Leratong Community Learning Center
Leratong Community Learning Center is located in the Liphakoeng village in Roma, Lesotho. In partnership with the members of the community, they are working on developing a self-sustaining Center that provides resources to the community. In addition to offering sustainable resources for the Center and community, the CLC will also provide educational programs. All of the educational programs will focus around HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness, as well as life skills training. The CLC will provide lifesaving resources as well as the hope and empowerment needed to thrive.
The Alliance for Better Nutrition works to provide nutritious meals to those experiencing malnutrition. Organizations of the Alliance pack the Nutri-Plenty® Meal, that includes 21 essential vitamins and minerals. LNI is part of the Alliance and uses the Nutri-Plenty® Meal for our packing events.
We met Masampo Letsoele at the Maseru border post. She creates the handcrafted fair trade copper earrings that we sell. Masampo twists the wire by hand without any tools and produces about 30 pairs of earrings a week. She supports 4 orphaned children from her younger sister and has two of her own, 4 girls and 2 boys. Masampo sells her handcrafted jewelry at the border every day.
The Springfield Rotary Club is one of LNI's first partners. The club historically has provided funding for trips. The club has supplied meals for over 3,000 children in Lesotho! Additionally, the club supports independent projects in Lesotho such as the Leratong Community Center in Roma, support for orphan headed households, sponsorship for girls education and more.
morinville rotary club
The Morinville Rotary Club also provides support to the Lesotho Nutrition Initiative. The club actively pursues international opportunities. We are grateful for their support!
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