November 1, 2014 -- Updated 4:10 pm GMT

Prince Harry Visits Lesotho Children

Posted in: United Kingdom

Prince Harry continues his charity work in the southern Africa kingdom of Lesotho by visiting a newly opened center for abused children.

“I wish I could be out here more often,” he said. “I do the most I can to come out here and see the kids.”

Prince Harry’s charity work is based on the one he founded, Sentebale. Sentebale — which means “forget me not” in Sesotho — was founded to help orphans and vulnerable children in a nation of 1.8 million people where about 300,000 children have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. Many children are forced to leave school to look after younger siblings, and are open to abuse or exploitation.

The brightly colored Lesotho Child Counseling Unit is just one of a number of projects in which Sentebale is involved. Others include efforts to treat and educate about HIV/AIDS and help children with mental or physical disabilities.

The unit — set on a hilltop outside the capital, Maseru — provides a temporary haven for up to 40 children who have been sexually or physically abused. It was started in 2002 by a local child counselor who housed children in a shipping container at her home, but had to turn many away for lack of space and money

The red-haired Harry, dressed in khaki fatigues and a warm sweater, entertained a group of children living at the center. He pushed one delighted toddler around on a tricycle and joked with another on the steps of the courtyard.

“The vulnerable children of Lesotho will always be welcome here,” Harry said

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Learn more about Sentebale here:

www.sentebale.org