December 1st is World AIDS Day, where people around the globe come together to raise awareness for the achievements that have been made, the work that is currently being done, and highlight the importance of continuing the fight against AIDS.
At TTL, we deal with the effects of HIV/AIDS on a daily basis as we work to mitigate the impact on Lesotho’s vulnerable children under-5.
In a country of 2.1 million people –
- Almost 1 in 4 are living with HIV – that’s nearly 25%, making it the 2nd highest HIV prevalence in the world
- AIDS is the #1 cause of death
- 1 in 3 children are orphans
- 37,172 children under-14 are HIV-positive
- Life expectancy at birth is 48.7 years
The 2014 theme for World AIDS Day is “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation“. No one can do it alone, and we at TTL rely on our community partners to make a difference in the lives of the children of Lesotho. This World AIDS Day, please show your support for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and wear a red ribbon, make a donation, volunteer, or spread the word!
|TTL staff show their support for World AIDS Day by wearing red!|
A message from the voices of Lesotho –
"It looks like a losing battle but we have hope, and it’s stronger than fear”.
The TTLF Fellow is a representative of the North American organisation Touching Tiny Lives Foundation. Based for one year in Mokhotlong, Lesotho, the TTLF Fellow serves in an administrative support capacity for the Basotho charity Touching Tiny Lives (TTL).