Glasswaters Foundation’s international project work in Africa focuses on health and poverty issues. It is important to us that the support we provide is informed by listening to what people and their communities really need, and how they envision our work being meaningful and supportive. Working with indigenous-led initiatives means that Glasswaters’ work is culturally appropriate and facilitates community sustainability.
Our current focus is Lesotho; a small mountainous kingdom surrounded by South Africa. The AIDs epidemic has infected roughly one third of the population resulting in debilitating poverty especially for rural residents. Well over half of the country’s population live below the national poverty line and more than a third of Lesotho’s children are not living with their parents.
Glasswaters’ service provider in Lesotho is the Phelisanong Centre (Together We Work for Life), a Lesotho registered society dedicated to assisting vulnerable and disabled children and adults in the Pitseng region. Phelisanong, under the leadership of Mamello Lehlotha, is staffed by a committed group of caregivers, educators and elders.
Filmed in 2013 by our agent Gary McNutt, “Bottom of the Hill” is a tour of Phelisanong and Glasswaters project work.