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World Vision, European Union join hands over humanitarian aid

WORLD VISION TO IMPLEMENT ECHO PROJECT

Maseru, Aug. 31 – World Vision Lesotho (WVL) in collaboration with the European Union will implement phase 3 of the European Commission Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) project starting in November this year.

This was disclosed by WVL National Director, Mrs. ‘Maseisa Ntlama at the five-day start-up workshop held in Maseru from Monday and brought together stakeholders from government ministries and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) with the aim to enlighten them about the above mentioned project as well as to identify areas of support and collaboration.

She said the project, which will be implemented in the districts of Mokhotlong, Thaba-Tseka and Leribe will focus on reinforcing national and community based capacities for effective preparedness and crisis response, including COVID-19 and its imp[act on the vulnerable children , their families and communities such as gender based violence , child marriage , sexual exploitation and abuse and other violations that negatively affect the lives of community members.

She added that it will focus on humanitarian advocacy for effective implementation and harmonisation of laws and policies aimed at improving service delivery in different sectors such as child protection, agriculture, disaster risk reduction and management including social responsive, social protection programmes in line with the National Strategies, SADC, AU and intentional treaties that the government has ratified such as 2030 Sustainable Development Goals amongst others.

She therefore expressed gratitude over the existing working relations with different partners such as community based structure, children, faith actors and government and NGOs amongst others, urging them to join hands in ensuring effective implementation of ECHO3 project as it will contribute specifically to ending poverty and all its forms, zero hunger, good health, quality education and gender equality amongst others.

World Vision Lesotho commenced partnership with ECHO in 2018 in which phase 1 of the project was implemented in Qacha’s Nek and Mokhotlong. In 2019-2021, phase 2 of the project was implemented in Thaba-Tseka and Mokhotlong.

It focused on amongst others, enhanced capacity and empowerment of various disaster-orientated information and community based students in the targeted project areas.

LENA

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