Mountaineers for Christ (MFC) works in Mokhotlong district in Lesotho where 23% of people are living with HIV. The majority of people live on less than $2 a day. MFC involves local churches and the wider community in its activities so that everyone can play a part in making life better for people affected by HIV.
Lack of knowledge and understanding of HIV is a major problem amongst most pastors. After E3 Emerging Leaders training, Mountaineers for Christ, which is chaired by Pastor Obed Ntsimane, started projects to respond to people’s needs. E3’s partnership:
- Provides over 13,000 nutritious meals each year to people on HIV treatment at one hospital and three clinics. Most walk long distances to access treatment each month.
- Helped fund the building of the boarding home at Harvesters Christian School so 40 orphaned children have a safe and comfortable home as well as academic and emotional support while they are at school during the week. The home is now self-sustaining because it is part funded by the Church’s mortuary business and part funded by fees from paying students.
- Supports 13 orphaned children through payment of school fees and uniform at Harvesters Christian School.
- Helped MFC complete the roofing on the community’s first burial home so people can be buried with dignity and the home will generate a small income to support Pastor Obed and MFC’s ministry.
- Enabled MFC to start hosting short term mission trips bi-monthly, which is generating a sustainable income to help fund the Ministry.
- Grant: £7,200
- Sustainability loan of £3,600: MFC is starting a bottled water business, which will generate an income to help fund its work, once the loan is repaid to E3.