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Prince Harry works on community projects in Lesotho

Published 3 March 2004

Since arriving in Maseru, Lesotho in southern Africa, on February 13th, Prince Harry has been travelling the country getting to know Lesotho and its people and working on projects to help local communities.

Prince Harry is a guest of Prince Seeiso, younger brother of King Letsie III, who has put together the schedule for Harry’s eight-week stay in Lesotho.

During the first two weeks of the trip, Prince Harry has been involved in a variety of projects throughout the country.

His work has included helping assemble the foundations for a new health clinic near Mokhotlong, assisting in the completion of a road bridge over the Sanqebethu river, planting trees with local school children to aid land conservation, and digging trenches to divert water away from crop fields at Ha Moeketsane, where Prince Harry also spent time sowing vegetable seeds for an orphanage’s garden.

The young Prince has also been learning about the social and health problems faced by families in Lesotho, where he has visited a home for traumatised children in the outskirts of Maseru and accompanied a local doctor in the village of Matsieng on his rounds of AIDS and TB patients.

So far during the trip Prince Harry has also been able to see some of the country’s best-known sights, including the Katse Dam, the Sani Pass and the Ts’ehlanyane Nature Reserve.

Most recently, he joined thousands of local football fans in Maseru at the Lesotho v Botswana international, where he saw the “Crocodiles” lose on penalties after a 0-0 draw.

For the next week (from March 2nd) Prince Harry will be working at the Mants’ase Children’s Home near Mohale’s Hoek.