QMC’s mission is to provide financial assistance for sustainable food, water
and education programs for the people of Qholaqhoe, Lesotho.

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. Known for its stunningly dramatic mountain topography, Lesotho also has a mostly barren landscape and is plagued with erosion and the resulting poor soil quality. 75% of the population of 2.2 million people live in remote, rural areas and eke out a living as subsistence farmers. With less than 10 percent of the country’s acreage tillable, rural families struggle to survive on small plots of land with low yields.
 
Health issues are also a constant challenge with TB and HIV being major health challenges in the country.  The HIV rate hovers at about 25%, giving Lesotho the dubious distinction of having the second highest rate of infection in the world.
 
Primary school education throughout Lesotho is free, and the country sees an attendance rate of over 90% for both boys and girls. However, secondary school education is tuition based with parents responsible for providing about $250 a year to send a child to high school. Not surprisingly, attendance rates drop off dramatically as families do not have the means to send their children to school. Latest figures indicate that, nationally, just over 50% of girls and only 35% of boys attend secondary school. Sadly, only 10% of students hold a high school diploma.

In order to positively impact the lives of students in this remote region, QMC provides tuition assistance to nearly 70 students at Qholaqhoe High School and currently supports 8 students at The National University of Lesotho.  These opportunities for an education can be life changing.You can learn more about both programs by clicking the Scholarships Tabs above. 

QMC In Country Community Representative Announced

It is essential that QMC board members travel to Lesotho to understand the culture, the community and our work there.  However, two years absence due to COVID revealed a need for constant representation on the ground in Qholaqhoe. In March, 2021, the board voted to seek a local representative to carry out the work in our absence as well as take some of the burden off the QHS Assistant Principal and staff at the high school.

We are very fortunate to have found Tse’pang Motli, a 2021 graduate of the National University of Lesotho, who has accepted a one year position of QMC Community Representative. Tse’pang has been a scholarship student of QMC throughout her high school career at Qholaqhoe High School and her four years at NUL.

Board President, Lynn Minderman, worked with Tse’pang during her recent work trip to Lesotho and found her to be extremely capable, trustworthy and enthusiastic. Lynn comments:

It was evident from the outset that she far exceeded what I expected.  She offered her suggestions, ideas and produced results with a fun-loving spirit.  Tse’pang knows everyone and her training as a social worker and counselor is evident in how she talks and connects with students, villagers, community leaders.  She is a natural fit for QMC.

In her role as Community Representative Tse’pang will work with high school students and the Qholaqhoe community as well as with each of our university students, providing support in any way possible.
 


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


Qholaqhoe Mountain Connections

P.O. Box 405
Honeoye Falls, NY 14472

518.732.4279

info@qmconnect.org

 

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


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