The Basotho Educational Trust is a Christian, UK-based charity that provides grants for young men and women in Lesotho to study.
Lesotho is one of the poorest countries in the world. Free education is not available so many talented young people are unable to reach their potential and start to contribute to the country’s economy. That’s why – with your help – we are enabling them to get an education and break the cycle of poverty for themselves and for their country. practical skills, such as carpentry, building, electrical work, dressmaking/tailoring, IT and catering. Read more about what we do.
“This course has helped me a lot because I am going to be able to put bread on the table.”
We recently interviewed a number of students who told us how the Trust had helped them:
A First Glimpse of Lesotho
Sister Catherine of the Community of the Holy Name in the UK visited Lesotho recently and shared this account of her first glimpse of Lesotho.
“I arrived in Lesotho at the airport in Maseru after a gruelling 24 hours of travel! Driving through the capital Maseru, my first impression was of a lively chaos with tin shacks lining the road selling everything from trainers to bananas, and lots of people bustling about. Once out of the city the countryside stretched out in every direction with majestic hills and outcrops of rock rising majestically towards the skies.
I soon had an opportunity to see the work of the pupils of St Mary’s School of Home Economics. The week I arrived the school was having an open day when the work of the pupils was to be displayed to admiring parents and visitors alike. Sister Julia and I went across to see the preparations, where I met the Principal, some of the staff and had a chance to chat with pupils as they prepared the rooms where the work was to be exhibited. The Principal told me that after a slump pupil numbers were increasing and they needed more equipment such as sewing machines and laptops to enable the pupils to continue in their education.
The Open day arrived and the school was transformed with a multitude of different pieces on display. The work presented was beautiful with some very professional pieces on show, which would grace any home. The pupils were justifiably proud of their efforts and so were the teachers! After the presentations and speeches a very tasty meal was provided by the pupils in a room decorated by the pupils. The school is a splendid place and seemed a very happy environment for learning with lovely teachers.”
Sister Catherine, July 2019
“I am thrilled to write this short letter to you, to inform you I will complete my second year this June. I hope you would be interested to know about my studies as I am one of those who is still being helped by you, so I send my thanks and love.”
Now you can donate on-line!
If you would like to make a donation on-line, please follow this link and scroll down. Your support will be hugely appreciated by the young people of Lesotho who will get access to training that can help them support themselves.