Lesotho is a small mountainous country enclosed within the territory of South Africa.
Altitude, lack of water, and poverty of soils often loaded with stones, do not help agriculture, and it is mainly livestock that predominates.

St Paul school, funded by the NGO Sentebale, is located in Leribe, at the northern border of Lesotho.

It brings together 5 to 14-year-old deaf and mute children from rural and very disadvantaged areas.

The Ivory Foundation has set up an agricultural project on the grounds of this school. It is about creating a demonstration garden, with plots cultivated by children.

The group of Ladysmith supported by Designing Hope moved to Lesotho for training in raised beds and compost creation techniques.

In 2016, the two projects also partnered to design a cooking booklet inspired by traditional recipes and using vegetables that can be grown locally.

In 2017, The Ivory Foundation and the APAF developed on the outskirts of Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, a pilot garden in agroforestry.

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Milpa culture

Now that the corn has grown and the squash is growing, it’s time to plant beans to their feet ! The principle of milpa is the optimization of space, by the association of three plants, which provide mutual benefits to … Read More

Small livestock activity at St Monica, Lesotho

On Saint Monica’s farm, in order to diversify resources for young people, a small livestock farming activity has also been set up. Herewith, around twenty hens raised in open air and ten sheep were acquired thanks to the support of … Read More

New Students at St Paul School for the Deaf

New students took over the former 5 young people, who at the end of their training, settled on Saint Monica’s farm with the support of The Ivory Foundation. The new St Paul’s team will learn all the steps of running a … Read More

The mandala, ready for new seedlings

The Mandala of St Monica, realized in November 2019, is empty!The fertile soil of its petals allowed the vegetables to grow quickly, and be harvested early February. Again, raised bed cultivation has shown its effectiveness, especially at the end of … Read More

New raised beds in St Monica

The farm of St Monica has a limited cultivable surface. They have to optimize space in the farm to obtain a sufficient crop yield and a mid-term objectif of financial autonomy. To achieved this, a long slope covered in grass … Read More

Cooking class in St Monica

The young people of St Monica’s farm find themselves for the first time independent, in charge of preparing their meals. The Ivory Foundation first covers their needs in basic products (oil, cornmeal, lentils and vegetables not available in the garden … Read More

Tomato boards

The garden of St Monica has been structured with the installation of several tomato boards. Linear structures made with branches support the tomato plant to prevent them from touching the ground and catching diseases.

Creation of St Monica’s Mandala

In order to start vegetable production on St Monica farm, in the middle of the dry season, we chose to start cultivation on a Mandala. It is a garden in the shape of a flower, the petals of which are … Read More

The great team

This is a great day for the 5 deaf and hearing-impaired young people trained at St Paul’s school, who after several weeks of work, can finally take over St Monica’s farm, with the support of The Ivory Foundation. Leepa Mosehle, … Read More

Rabbits have arrived

The rabbits arrived at St Paul’s school. The goal of these little furballs is to provide a dietary supplement for young people, the rapid multiplication to ensure a food resource over time, especially for the future autonomous farm of St … Read More

The ewes arrived

The ewes arrived in Leribe, Lesotho. They are part of the micro-farm project imagined by The Ivory Foundation to help the deaf children of St Paul’s School, trained for two years in agriculture and livestock farming, to settle their own … Read More

Development of a cheese activity at St Paul’s school

A student from Agrosup Dijon completed a 5-month internship in Lesotho. Among other things, he organized training for making cheese, to use the milk produced by cows and sheep from the school’s educational farm.He tested both ripened cheeses and feta-type … Read More

Use of termite mounds

Abandoned termite mounds are used as bio-fertilizers for growing the vegetables. The soil will be recovererd and mixed to be used in the greenhouse.

Plant nursery Preparation – Mamohato Children Center

A space has been delimited to accommodate the nursery, which will produce the necessary fertilizer trees for the field.

Plants to protect the plots

In Lesotho, agaves are used as barriers to protect cultures from animals.

Mamohato Children Center

Located on the outskirts of Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, this holiday center, funded by NGO Sentebale hosts groups of HIV positive children during the school holidays for one week. They come from all over the country, and enjoy a … Read More

Mamohato Children Center – preparation of the agroforestry plot

Training in agroforestry techniques was provided in May 2017 in Lesotho at the Mamohato Children Center. With one member of APAF  in charge of this training, plots have been identified in order to prepare the establishment of a vegetable garden … Read More

St Paul school, Leribe, Lesotho

Following the training given in 2016, the garden of Leribe is flourishing. With the help of the youth, the gardener Leepa, has multiplied the plots of cultivation, and the harvests are here.

Lesotho – Preparation of planting fertilizer trees

The seeds of fertilizer trees are covered with a natural coat which protects them but which also slows down the germination process. Some seeds require a scarification, which breaks this protective envelope. The seeds of moringa or gliricidia require only … Read More

A comic explaining basics of Permacuture.

Designing Hope has produced, with the support of The Ivory Foundation, an illustrated brochure presenting the techniques of permaculture. This document addresses several topics, the creation of raised beds, crops rotation, crops associations, with a focus on milpa, compost… This … Read More

living seeds

Agrosemens supports Designing Hope by allowing the distribution of reproducible seeds on its various projects in Africa (Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana). This support associated to training of techniques of agroecology and permaculture improves nutrition of hundreds of families, … Read More

Preparation of a raised bed

This films describes the preparation of a raised permaculture bed in a demonstration garden in a school in Lesotho  

Keyhole in stones

The Keyhole is a traditional gardening technique used in Africa for small surfaces. Culture is done on a raised surface in the shape of a horseshoe, and supplied with nutrients through a central composting area. Earthworms are developing in the center, … Read More