Meet the 2024 Grandmother Program

Jun 28, 2024

Help Lesotho’s Grandmother Support Program operates on a two-year cycle, touching the lives of 200 grandmothers in each cohort. These resilient women face a myriad of challenges, from poverty and gender-based violence to the profound grief of loss, often while caring for children whose parents are either deceased or away for work. Your donations provide essential support, empowering these grandmothers to nurture and raise these children with love and care. Thank you for your generosity!

Nkhono Maselepe, 50

Nkhono Maselepe is among the youngest members of the Lichecheng grandmother group. She is the primary caregiver for three of her grandchildren, including her 10- month-old grandson (pictured), while her daughter looks for work in South Africa. Her son-in-law is presumed deceased after a mining accident.

Despite the challenges, Maselepe feels she is managing well, particularly with the aid of food relief parcels that have “made a huge difference.” She looks forward to the continuous positive impact of the sessions she attends.

Nkhono Maselepe

“Grief and loss topic was difficult. I was remembering so many people – my husband, my son-in-law.”

Nkhono Mateka

Nkhono Malintja

Nkhono Malintja finds great inspiration and support in Help Lesotho’s Grandmother Program, relishing her visits to the Pitseng Centre where she connects with other women. She takes care of four grandchildren, including two-year-old Litsoanelo, whom she often brings to training sessions, comfortably strapped to her back. For Malintja, these gatherings are more than educational; they are a vital source of community and support as she navigates the responsibilities of caring for her grandchildren.

“I love this program!” she says. 

Nkhono Masaietsa, 84

Nkhono Masaietsa’s journey is a testament to resilience. Despite facing immense loss (7 of her 10 children have passed away), she remains a primary caregiver and supportive role model for 4 of her grandchildren. She loves coming to the Grandmother Program sessions and being around other women who are facing similar situations to hers.

“I feel so supported now. I am telling [others] everything I can about the things I learn here,” she says.

Nkhono Masaietsa