I’m a 23 year-old university grad student from suburban America, who has come to live in a rural village in Lesotho, southern Africa for the next two years. I’m often asked why I became a Peace Corps volunteer, giving up the comforts of home, flush toilets and electricity, and good salaried jobs, to come live in developing Africa. I still find it hard to explain, I’m here to help people who haven’t had the advantages that I’ve had. I’m here for the adventure, to experience the real world outside of my sheltered American college town. I’m also here because I want to work in international development and believe that living in a community in a developing country was the best way to really understand them. Most Peace Corps volunteers go to their sites with lofty goals, hoping to make a big difference, to build a community centre or help stop the spread of a disease. My aspirations are much simpler, to make small improvements in the lives of the people around me. I’ve been in Lesotho for three months, and they’ve already changed mine. Read more
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Earlier this year on a private visit to some of the government schools in Northern Lesotho, I learnt that Lesotho has plenty of Primary/Secondary schools along with dedicated teachers. This has resulted in it having one of the highest literacy rates in Africa (82% – World Vision), however these schools are ill equipped and under financed. This has resulted in minimal teacher resources and no maintenance program leaving schools in a terrible state of disrepair.
This photo was taken at St Felix Primary School which had 150 of its 400 window broken, allowing the freezing mountain air to blow through every classroom. This vivid image was the catalyst for myself and some mates to get together to form the “Maliba Community Trust” to help finance the community, through projects like repairing school infrastructure.
Photo by Nick King