The re-launch which was held on Friday in Maseru was coupled with the handing over of a vehicle – a Toyota Hilux 4x4 van to the ministry to ensure that the Child helpline Lesotho project can provide emergency assistance around the clock.
Besides donating the vehicle, PEPFAR through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Partner and Baylor Karabo ea Bophelo (KB), has also pledged to fund the placement of 10 permanent staff members across Lesotho’s 10 districts.
The resources will further KB’s outreach activities to inform and sensitise local communities on child rights issues and promote Child helpline Lesotho’s services.
Speaking at the launch, Mr Brown underlined the U.S. Government’s continued support to the Ministry of Social Development and its commitment to preventing incidents of violence against children in Lesotho.
“The U.S. Government’s contribution to operationalise the Child helpline Lesotho reaffirms our on-going support to protect, empower and invest in the young people of Lesotho,” he said.
He added: “We are proud to further the ministry’s efforts in responding to the challenges in their work to prevent violence against children locally.
“The U.S. Government is committed to continuing its vital partnership with the Basotho people and the Government of Lesotho by offering the necessary support to the ministry to ensure that children are safe, healthy and thriving.”
For her part, the social development minister ’Matebatso Doti said KB assists the ministry to fulfil its responsibility of caring for vulnerable people, including children who are victims of abuse.
She lauded the U.S. Government for the good working relations it has with the ministry, adding with that support, they will be able to fast-track and attend to cases of abundantly abused children within a short space of time.
Established in 2008, Child helpline is an outreach service that provides 24-hour services, emergency assistance and long-term resources to children who have experienced any form of violence and need care.
The U.S. Government through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has also pledged its support through management of the initiative.