In the Mokhotlong district of Lesotho, HIV and AIDS are ravaging the community. With HIV rates near 30%, Lesotho is at the epicenter of the global HIV epidemic. Life expectancy has dropped dramatically, and rates of associated infections, such as TB, are soaring. Largely as a result of this epidemic, some estimates suggest that there are as many as 100,000 orphans in Lesotho. Many other children have contracted HIV from their mothers. In too many tragic cases, children in Mokhotlong district are both orphaned and HIV positive.
Touching Tiny Lives (TTL) is a local charitable trust dedicated to helping children under five years of age affected by HIV/AIDS. Managed and staffed by local women and men, the organization has served over six hundred clients since beginning work in 2004, and currently provides life-saving support to over 125 children and pregnant mothers.
TTL employs a unique and highly successful model consisting of three integrated programs. At the core of the Touching Tiny Lives model is an outreach program that supports children in their homes by providing nutritional, medical, and educational support. A complementary PMTCT (prevention of mother to child transmission) program works with pregnant mothers to prevent transmissions to newborns. Finally, TTL operates a safehouse in Mokhotlong where the most severely malnourished and sick children are rehabilitated – a final safety-net for the most vulnerable.
For more information, please visit www.touchingtinylives.org