Success Story: “Education is the key to the future”: One family’s experience of the Mphatlalatsane Project in Lesotho
Manthabeleng Ramotsekhoane is 65 years old and looks after her family of eight: six grandchildren aged 17 to four years, and two of her adult children. The family lives in Thabang village in Mokhotlong—one of the most rural areas in Lesotho.
In May and June 2015, Manthabeleng and her four-year-old granddaughter Ntsoaki participated in the Mphatlalatsane Project’s pilot in Mokhotlong. The pilot was comprised of several components, including booksharing, which is intended to improve child cognitive development, language, vocabulary, and strengthen the child-caregiver relationship. The pilot also included nutrition assessments, and health and nutrition messaging.
The Mphatlalatsane Project, meaning “early morning star” in Sesotho, is part of a three-country, USAID-funded special initiative focused on orphans and vulnerable children. The project, implemented in preschools in Lesotho, delivers book-sharing and health messages to caregivers and children aged 1-5 years to provide holistic support for children’s minds and bodies at the most critical point of their development.