Lesotho/South Africa

Feeding Orphans in Lesotho/South Africa


2017 Christmas Missions Offering


Losotho is a small, poor, mountainous country completely surrounded by South Africa. An organization headed by a local pastor, Johan Meiring, provides food and medicine to hundreds of vulnerable, destitute, and orphaned children who otherwise receive no help or government aid.

Vulnerable children refer to those individuals who have no birth certificates and therefore no access to childcare grants from the government, because their parents have crossed the border illegally to find work, and then have died of HIV/AIDS or other diseases. The children are left orphaned, without papers or anyone to take care of them. They also include abused and neglected children. All these are children are left to fend for themselves in an extremely harsh and poor environment.           

In addition, most of the children served by this program come from child-headed households (where a child takes a parent role in caring for his/her siblings), which means that the circumstances are even more difficult. Johan Meiring’s organization is not funded and depends on the mercy of the society at large to keep their doors open. The world is full of resources and food is available everywhere and yet there is limited distribution and access to it. 

It costs a little over 2 kr. a day to feed a child through Pastor Johan’s program, or just 60 kr. a month to provide nourishment that these children desperately need. This year Pastor Johan writes that his donations have fallen off and he is only able to feed about 150 children at 3 locations. There are up to 500 children he has reached in the past, and he has 13 workers ready to help, but he needs more donations to buy the food and medicine. Pastor Johan’s organization also works to obtain the necessary government papers for these children so that they have hope for a future.

Our goal for this year's Christmas Offering was NOK 60,000, so that 100 more children can be fed and cared for during the next year. We exceeded the goal and raised NOK 75,000, which will go in its entirety to benefit these destitute children.                                                                                                              Link:http://www.touchmelord.co.za