QMC’s mission is to benefit the people of Qholaqhoe, Lesotho by providing the financial assistance to promote the ability of students to receive an education.

Qholaqhoe Mountain Connections – Helping the People of Lesotho

Qholaqhoe Mountain Connections (QMC) was established in 2009 in response the dire needs of the population of the rural Qholaqhoe Mountain region of the country of Lesotho, a developing country geographically surrounded by South Africa. Lesotho is a mountainous country, mostly barren and plagued with erosion and the resulting poor soil quality. 75% of the population of 2 million people live in remote, rural areas and are subsistence farmers. Less than 10 percent of the country’s acreage is tillable meaning that rural families struggle to survive on small plots of land with low yields. Farming families eke out a living in the challenging terrain. 

Lesotho has been dramatically affected by the El Nino induced drought that has impacted much of sub Saharan Africa. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) more than 60% of the population has been affected by serious food shortages.  While the peak of the of the drought has passed, emergency response to the problem continues. The shortage of food remains acute and has certainly been witnessed at Qholaqhoe High School where many students are hungry on a daily basis. QMC has addressed this issue locally by providing supplemental food to several students and through financial assistance for the school’s daily lunch program.


Second Highest HIV prevalence...

According to the website AVERT, "Lesotho is one of the countries hardest hit by HIV, with the second highest HIV prevalence after Swaziland. HIV prevalence was 22.7% in 2015, and has been around this level since 2005. An estimated 310,000 people were living with HIV in Lesotho and 18,000 died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2015. However, HIV incidence is declining, from 30,000 new infections in 2005 to 18,000 new infections in 2015… Crippling poverty and HIV and AIDS has led to the country’s low life expectancy of just 52 for men and 55 for women. This has resulted in a slow response to the HIV epidemic. Although progress has been made in some areas, challenges remain.”For more detailed information on the impact of HIV/AIDS on the country click the button below:

Our Scholarships

High School Scholarships

Enhance educational opportunities for students who attend Qholaqhoe High School and who couldn't afford to attend school without financial assistance.

College Scholarships

Offer a few outstanding students the opportunity to go on to college or university through our Community College Scholarships Program.

Please find details of these two programs on our Scholarships Page

Please enjoy this sampling of videos from our YouTube Channel


Ntsebo Balimo speaks about the importance of her scholarship, allowing her to attend National University of Lesotho

The Qholaqhoe High School Girls Club performs for visiting QMC board members.

A mother talks about her son’s scholarship to Qholaqhoe High School with Andrea Khahane, Assistant Principal at Qholaqhoe High School



Qholaqhoe Mountain Connections

P.O. Box 405
,
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

518.732.4279



Qholaqhoe Mountain Connections is a 501(c)3 organization.


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