Vodacom Lesotho has been operating in Lesotho since 1996. In its 20 years of operation, the company has invested over M1 Billion in technology and communications infrastructure in the country. In 2009, the company established the Vodacom Lesotho Foundation, with the aim to develop a more focused strategy to invest into the communities that Vodacom Lesotho services. The Foundation was mandated to invest in critical areas of development, in line with the Government of Lesotho’s national strategic development plan. Since 2009, the Vodacom Lesotho Foundation has invested a total of close to M8 Million, in the areas of health, education, social welfare, gender equity & women empowerment, youth empowerment, sports, and cultural development. The Foundation, in partnership with Vodafone Foundation, our mother company, has committed to invest a further M100 million, into Lesotho over the next 5 years, in the areas of entrepreneurship and economic development, education, and health.
The Vodacom Innovation Park | Entrepreneurship
The Vodacom Innovation Park is a technology-based business Incubator for young entrepreneurs in Lesotho, in any area of business, that are looking to leverage the power of technology and mobile communications to differentiate, and make their businesses more competitive and productive.
The project is aimed at encouraging entrepreneurship in technology and at instilling an overall culture of entrepreneurship in the youth of Lesotho to curb the effects of the devastatingly high unemployment rate of young people. Job creation is a key driver in the development of the country and this initiative is aimed at helping the Government of Lesotho address this challenge. On top of the job creation that will result from the establishment of more businesses in Lesotho; the initiative’s heavy investment in technology will have far-reaching ripple effects across all sectors of the economy. The Vodacom Foundation is investing close to M1,5 Million into this game-changing initiative as a start, and further investments long-term to ensure sustainability and continuity of the program. For more information and learn how to apply please go to:
Vodacom iSchool Lesotho | Education
As part of Vodacom’s dedication to improving educational outcomes in Lesotho, the company, through its Vodacom Lesotho Foundation, is investing in a multi-year project that will bring educational tablets to numerous primary school classrooms around the country. The project is aimed at transforming the way children interact with educational material in the classroom, using the tablets to promote more interactive instruction between teachers and students, and also emphasizing the building of analytical and critical thinking skills in the students. The tablets contain all the material the teachers and the students need, from lesson plans, to classroom exercises, to homework sections and homework help sections. They contain approved curriculum, and because of their mobile nature, easily overcome the challenges of lack of school supplies and support standardizing the quality of material, content and teaching delivery used across the country. Currently the project is piloting in five primary schools districts across the nation.
Moyo Lesotho | Health
Moyo Lesotho is an initiative by the Vodacom Lesotho Foundation driven by the Vodafone Foundation, that is investing over M100 million into Lesotho’s health system over three years, with the aim to put HIV positive children and pregnant women in Lesotho on life-saving treatment, and to improve maternal health outcomes for Basotho.
Mirroring a Vodafone Foundation programme in Tanzania, the Foundation is working with select in-country partners, to increase the number of infants, children, and adolescents accessing HIV services, treatment, and support in Lesotho.
Working with the Ministry of Health, the health system will be strengthened to help it identify, refer, treat and support children and pregnant women with HIV. Mobile technology is at the center of providing core services, especially utilising M-Pesa-based transport and referral similar to those pioneered in Tanzania. Together with USAID, ViiV Healthcare, The ELMA Foundation, the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Lesotho Ministry of Health, Moyo Lesotho is empowering lives in Lesotho.
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