Highlights of our work
In the absence of monthly clubs and weeklong camps running in Lesotho and Botswana due to Covid-19, children and young people living with HIV were supported to access medication at their health facilities and received a wellbeing call from their club facilitators.
As part of our partnership with Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation, we facilitated caregiver days to help caregivers support children who were struggling to adhere to their medication.
Our Let Youth Lead programme supported by UNICEF, delivered community sessions to parents, caregivers and community leaders on youth-friendly health services available to young people and how to access them.
Our Let Youth Lead advocates are working with partners to ensure the needs of young people are heard. This has included participation at various conferences, regional meetings by UN agencies, contributions to the Global Fund and PEPFAR in-country processes and input into the review of Botswana’s National Youth Policy.
Media platforms such as our Radio Positive show on DUMA FM in Botswana and our local Facebook page have been beneficial in amplifying the voices of young people and discussing topics concerning them. As requested by young people, topics such as sexual reproductive health and rights were discussed. Sentebale advocate, Sekgabo Seselamarumo received the Citizen Journalism Award for her work on our Radio Positive show.
Education & Livelihoods
Sentebale continues to fund secondary school bursaries and education subsidies to 53 students in Lesotho and has linked many vulnerable children to the Ministry of Social Development’s Scholarship Programme where they will continue to receive funding for their education.
Through our DREAMS programme in Botswana, we have enrolled 516 adolescent girls and young women (AGYWs) in ‘safe spaces’, where AGYW can build their supportive social networks and learn about HIV and violence prevention. Additionally, they have participated in sessions on income generation, job readiness and financial management to support their independence and career prospects. All Covid-19 protocol is followed during sessions.