Prince Harry was donning his work overalls on Tuesday as he joined in a
project to revamp a centre for the disabled in the tiny African
mountain kingdom of Lesotho, organisers said.
the third in line to the throne, was helping with the installation of
wheelchair ramps throughout the 165,000 dollar Thuso Community Centre,
currently home to a total of 43 children with profound physical and
mental disabilities, but will eventually house up to 80 youngsters.
23-year-old, who recently undertook a two-month tour of duty with the
British army in Afghanistan, was later due to take part in a football
match organised by Kick4Life, a local charity which lured England’s
Italian coach Fabio Capello to Lesotho back in April.
the funding for the building work has been provided by the local
charity Sentebale which is also heavily involved in the fight against
AIDS in the kingdom which is totally landlocked by South Africa.
director Harper Brown said that the aim was to turn Thuso into the
country’s teaching and rehabilitation centre for disabled children,
many of whom have found themselves orphaned by the pandemic.
a briefing on Monday attended by the prince and reporters, Brown said
that 80 people were dying every day from AIDS-related illnesses in a
country with a population of around two million.
"Forty percent of Lesotho children are orphaned and the statistics are alarming. This is largely due to HIV AIDS," said Brown.
is also due to visit the Lesotho Child Counselling Unit, just outside
the capital Maseru, on Wednesday and also plans trips to a number of
The prince has been a frequent visitor to Lesotho,
spending two months working here during his gap year between school and
university, and made a television documentary about the plight of the
country’s children in 2004.