23% of Lesotho's population is HIV positive, and more than 180,000 children are orphaned by the disease. Youth face multiple disadvantages including high unemployment; many get involved in prostitution & crime and are vulnerable to malnutrition and HIV infection. A strong patriarchal culture also limits vital conversations between adults& youth about taboo subjects like sex& relationships.We give participants the knowledge, skills & opportunities needed to build better futures on their own terms
We support equal numbers of girls&boys attaching each to a trained mentor for emotional support and referrals to appropriate help networks. We provide a positive, environment that strongly promotes healthy behaviors. Kick4Life's 2009 project, Maseru Street League, was a stepping stone to building positive relationships with extremely vulnerable youth. The current project objective is to provide focused, high quality care for smaller numbers in specific areas, especially life-skills & health.
The project provides job training & life skills to all participants; several have been assisted into permanent employment whilst 24 street youth have been reunited with their families & re-enrolled into school. From 2009 Kick4Life's various programs have reached thousands of youth: 3500 have graduated through our HIV education curriculum alone. With our assistance many participants gain stable jobs, and all come away increasingly empowered to make healthy choices & take control of their future