Letseka Masolanka lives in a community named Mapoteng in Lesotho, Africa. He used to live in a dilapidated one-room, mud-floored hut made of stones and without toilet facilities. When his relatives died, he and his wife, Masaese, took in the relatives’ 6 children, causing their own family to grow to 11.
“I didn’t know how I would manage to take care of all these children. I prayed to be given the strength so I would be able to,” said Masaese.
A local community leader later connected the family with Habitat for Humanity Lesotho. With the help of Habitat, the 11-member family now has a new Habitat home and a pit latrine, both built with cement blocks.
Since 2007, Habitat for Humanity Lesotho has been helping orphans and vulnerable children by building fully subsidized homes. Habitat works with community leaders to make sure land is made available with security of tenure, and educate families on inheritance rights to ensure they won’t be pushed off their land in the years ahead.