Sentebale – Stories of Hope

In 2006 HRH Prince Harry founded Sentebale in memory of his late mother Princess Dianna of Wales.

Together with Crown Prince Seeiso the Sentebale Foundation aims to bring psychological support, education and healthcare to 488 526 orphans living with HIV/AIDS in Lesotho.

Landlocked by South Africa, Lesotho has the third highest per capita HIV/AIDS infection rate in the world, with an average life expectancy of just 41 years.

It is estimated that 200 000 of the 500 000 children of school-going age have lost one or both parents to the disease.

Using land donated by His Majesty King Letsie III, Sentebale plans to build the Mamohato Children’s Centre, extending its Mamohato Network program that works closely with grassroots organisations to provide valuable family structure and social support to disabled and disadvantaged children.

Through attending week-long camps and monthly clubs the children are educated about their disease and equipped with the social skills needed to lead normal lives.

Sentebale also provides night schools for herd boys who begin working in the fields as young as 10, isolated from society with no education. Blankets are supplied and classes conducted by candlelight on the grassy plains.

In partnership with award-winning Royal Photographer Chris Jackson and Getty Images the Sentebale – Stories of Hope exhibition showcases the extraordinary changes brought about through the foundation’s work in Lesotho.

The photographs follow the lives of HIV/AIDS orphans and local herd boys, highlighting the social misplacement created by the disease.

Lesotho lacks adults of parenting age, leaving behind a country of young children unequipped to take care of themselves.

The exhibition runs from 26 July to 10 August at the Getty Images Photographers Gallery, 46 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DX.

Entrance is free and a large number of prints can be purchased in aid of the Sentebale Foundation.

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