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Since its establishment in 1967, nearly 2000 American volunteers have served with Peace Corps Lesotho, today about 90 volunteers work in all ten of Lesotho’s districts on long-term development needs in three key program areas: 1) Education 2) Community health 3) Economic development.

Water is a big deal in Lesotho. A very big deal.

Water is a big deal in Lesotho. A very big deal.

On the big-picture side The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) is a massive Government program resulting from a treaty signed in 1986 which was an agreement to sell water from the Lesotho mountain areas to South Africa.  Visit their website at  http://www.lhwa.org  for project details.   In addition to financial and hydroelectric power benefits the LHWP has been instrumental in the formation of the beautiful Ts’ehlanyane National Park.   From the LHWP website:

Juliana’s going home

Juliana’s going home

After more than two years, in two weeks I’m going back home, but in many ways I am starting over, leaving my home.  My life back in the U.S. is such an extreme contrast to my life here, it’s difficult to imagine them blending at all, being able to retain any aspect of my life here.  I’m leaving my thatched hut that has been my home for the past two years, leaving my host family, friends and neighbours, my community,…

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Living by the seasons – 8 months for oranges

Living by the seasons – 8 months for oranges

It’s orange season again.  I’ve waited for it for 8 months, and man was that first orange good.  It comes right after peach season.  After stuffing myself everyday with peaches that grow in every yard here, and I was ready for an orange.  We’re also getting into cabbage season.  I never would have thought I’d ever get excited about cabbage, but cooked with a little oil and spice—yum. One of the things I love (and can also sometimes get frustrated…

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Public Transport in Lesotho – What’s the rush?

Public Transport in Lesotho – What’s the rush?

One of the most difficult and frustrating aspects of living in rural Lesotho is taking the public transportation.  It shows how much a person can adapt, something that used to drive me crazy now seems perfectly normal and OK.  But I’m lucky, being on a nice paved road, I don’t have the bumpy, often nauseating mountainous dirt roads that many other volunteers do. What took the most getting use to was the speed.  The driver usually drives leaning out of…

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One Love?

One Love?

When teaching about preventing HIV, probably the main issue we volunteers come up against is multiple concurrent partners. Many people I’ve talked to here say it’s just part of the culture, which sounds like an excuse to me. But the longer I’m here the more I believe it. The Basotho were traditionally a polygamist society, and some men in my village still have multiple wives, though it’s not very common any more. The society is built around the community, most…

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Juliana’s Best Moments of the Past Year in Lesotho

Juliana’s Best Moments of the Past Year in Lesotho

I have not written in a while because I’ve been on a wonderful vacation with my parents around Southern Africa.  So this is a post I’ve been meaning to do for a while, my favourite  moments from the past year, some of the reasons why I have fallen in love with my village and the people. One of the orphans that lives alone with her 2 younger brothers and very small sister, once came up to my house with some…

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50 Chickens! Likhoho li teng!

50 Chickens! Likhoho li teng!

After months of delay we finally got our layer chickens. The gardens of the community centre have also really started to grow. The chickens are going to provide eggs for the orphans and needy of the village, along with vegetables from the gardens. We wanted to have free-range chickens and demonstrate how you can raise chickens without building an expensive concrete building. We built chicken tractors instead, enclosed chicken runs that are portable. After the chickens have eaten all the…

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Ha Mali Community Center Opening

Ha Mali Community Center Opening

Last week we had the new community center opening, and it was a big success!  After a very busy couple weeks of preparation and postponements, we finally were able to open the center and introduce its current and potential activities to the community.  We had about 200 people of all different ages come to the opening.  We didn’t run out of popcorn or fruit, and the drink mix was a surprisingly big hit and seemed to make up for the…

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