Phelisanong is a community-based organization in Lesotho, Southern Africa founded by a group of disabled and HIV/AIDS positive villagers in 2001. The Centre provides a home, family, and community for people living with various mental and physical disabilities, HIV/AIDS, and other chronic illnesses, and orphans.  Lesotho is a small country in southern Africa. Mountainous and ruggedly beautiful, the country is home to the Basotho people. HIV and AIDS is taking a devastating toll on the country, with people in their productive years — parents, farmers, teachers and health workers — dying in alarmingly high numbers. Left behind are children and the elderly, who struggle to cope. Life saving ARV treatment is now available to those infected with HIV and AIDS in Lesotho, and the race for the whole nation to be tested, and treated, is on.

In the foothills of the Maluti mountains, a remarkable community has come together to provide a home and family for children and youth living with mental and physical disabilities, chronic illnesses, as well as orphans. It also employs those living with various disabilities. The center provides education, counseling and support to empower individuals and address stigma and discrimination. Phelisanong has quickly grown to become one of the leading community development organizations in Lesotho.

Program Countries:

South Africa

FGC # F434

Team Lead:

Alison Nystrom and Colin Nystrom


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