How it Works
TOUCHING TINY LIVES FOUNDATION (TTLF)
Donations are collected and processed by the Touching Tiny Lives Foundation to support the life-saving work of Touching Tiny Lives in Lesotho. We have loyal support from individuals, churches, schools, and community groups in Canada and the U.S. who share our mission of empowering local communities in Lesotho.
TOUCHING TINY LIVES LESOTHO
Touching Tiny Lives operates a Safe-home and Outreach program in Mokhotlong, Lesotho. TTL also trains Village Health Workers to act as its eyes and ears in remote villages, identifying vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS, TB, and severe malnutrition.
HEALTHIER BABIES & EDUCATED COMMUNITIES
Since its inception, TTL has directly supported more than 1200 children with lifesaving and life-stabilizing services. TTL has assisted an even greater number of families to provide the nutritional, psychological, and social support every child deserves. TTL’s impact has been great, but there is still more work to be done, one child at a time.
1. Touching Tiny Lives Foundation
Who We Are
Touching Tiny Lives Foundation is a network of communities and individuals in North America dedicated to enabling the life-saving work of Touching Tiny Lives-Lesotho. By raising funds, spreading awareness, and providing technical support, TTLF empowers a smart, sustainable, and local response to the HIV epidemic by our Basotho partners at Touching Tiny Lives-Lesotho. Touching Tiny Lives Foundation is the voice of TTL in North America and strives to share the message that high-impact care provided one child at a time saves lives in Lesotho.
2. Touching Tiny Lives Lesotho
Who We Are Helping
Touching Tiny Lives was started in 2004 by former Peace Corps Volunteers Ken and Colleen Storen in an effort to create an effective long-term strategy to help children orphaned or infected by HIV/AIDS in the rural highlands of Lesotho. Lesotho is currently experiencing an HIV/AIDS rate estimated at 25% of the population. In addition to this crippling HIV epidemic, Lesotho’s highland villages experience food insecurity due to climate change and short growing seasons, contributing to high rates of child malnutrition. Exacerbating these immense challenges, the mountain villages are extremely underserved in terms of health, nutritional, and economic services. The National AIDS Commission recognizes TTL as the only organization exclusively dedicated to caring for orphaned and vulnerable children (OVCs) in all of Mokhotlong and Thaba-Tseka districts. TTL emphasizes assisting children in their early critical and formative years, which provides a solid base for a longer, happier, and healthier life.
Focus: Mothers & Children
How We Are Helping
Since its inception in 2004, TTL has directly supported more than 2100 children. Through this work, TTL also provides families with support; ensuring communities are educated and empowered to care for their children.
TTL conducts several programs that provide services to families and their communities.
Caregivers on Campus: CoC brings caregivers of children who have spent time in the Safe Home to campus for a week-long reunification and training. During this week caregivers are provided education on how to identify signs of malnutrition, healthy childhood nutrition, ART adherence, and bonding activities.
Happy Beaks: Happy Beaks provides families who are receiving services through our Outreach Programs 5 chickens, usually 3 hens and 2 roosters. These families receive training on raising chickens for optimal egg production as well as the importance of eating protein, especially in growing children. Families are encouraged to sell extra eggs to help provide a supplemental income as well as breading chicks.
Village Health Workers Trainings: Touching Tiny Lives engages local women and men who are trained as Village Health Workers (VHW) to assist their communities to seek medical support as early as possible by referring them to local clinics. Most of the VHW have been trained by TTL staff on nutrition assessments through the use of Mid-Upper Arm Circumference (MUAC), length boards, and weighing scales.