Friends of Lesotho
Peggi Tabor completed Peace Corps service in 2006, but went back to serve again. The second time she went at her own expense to improve her village's water supply.
Please see her 2008 letters.
Or, read the original letters she wrote as a PCV - it's a long page, but very interesting!
2007-08 Letters from PCV Madeline Uraneck
Madelin'e impressions of Lesotho published in the Madison, WI Isthmus
In late 1999, Friends of Lesotho received a request for information about Lesotho from Eric Thomson. Eric was about to
start his third Peace Corps tour of service there, having previously served in the Phillipines and Bukina Faso.
Upon arrival in Lesotho, Eric was kind enough to remain in touch and sent many letters to FOL.
Eric's letters and photos in the drop down box below describe his experiences as a Lesotho PCV.
These letters are now somewhat dated, but still give a very good picture of life as a PCV.
Of particular interest to prospective volunteers is the letter of December 14, 2000 (#12), detailing what to bring and not to bring.
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From the Tuition Assistance Program Committee:
Tuition Assistance Program|
C/O Peace Corps Office
P.O. Box 554
Maseru, 100, Lesotho
November 11, 2002
On behalf of the Tuition Assistance Program in Lesotho, I would like to express my gratitude for the financial assistance Friends of Lesotho has generously given to numerous Basotho students for several years. The money donated to TAP from FOL and the Taipei American School enabled TAP to award 234 scholarships to deserving students for the 2002 school year. This includes 119 secondary school scholarships, 100 primary school scholarships, 9 vocational scholarships, and 6 special education scholarships.
In addition, we have received the check for $4,500. As we go through our selection and approval process we will update you on the scholarships awarded for the 2003 school year. I have included a few of the thank you letters and photographs of students who received scholarships.
I thank you for educating the youth of Lesotho. I honestly can not express our gratitude in mere words.
TAP Recipient Thato Rakoto, Methodist Primary, Maseru
Taipei American School
For the past several years former Lesotho PCV Sandy Puckett has conducted fund raising activities to support the Tuition Assistance Program. Bake sales, walk-a-thons, you name it, he has raised and donated thousands of dollars. Sandy teaches 7th grade, "Gold House" at the Taipei American School in Taiwan.
Top left: 1st & 2nd place walk-a-thon winners, Bryan and Daniel. Top right: Teaching team - Kathy Keenan, Sandy Puckett, Angela Kocher, and Peter Stanley. Bottom: Gold House, 7th grade.
back in Lesotho ... other TAP recipients in Paray, Matsonyane, Butha Buthe, Qacha's Nek:
My goal is to change the way of living in my family and to become a social worker. Through your help I will acheive my goals and am now focusing on my success. - Moleboheng 'Muso, Qacha's Nek
Thank you very much for the money to go to school. I shall work very hard this year and I shall attend school very well. When I finish school I want to be a doctor. - Lira Mokebe
Thank you very much for your assistance to my family. I am very happy about this assistance because it's the first time we have this. My family sent their love. - Letsika Mosala, Moteng
From the Volunteer Advisory Committee:
One of the goals of FOL is to support development and education projects in Lesotho.
Most often, due to limited available funds, this support occurs in the form of small grants to current volunteers in Lesotho.
As it turns out this works quite well because many of the projects require only a small amount of money, too little to be considered by major donor organizations.
The grants are made through the Volunteer Advisory Committee in Maseru. The committee is comprised of current volunteers.
FOL has been making annual donations for years. The letters and photos below are feedback received from some of those receiving grants. Click on name.
And . . . TJ sends us wildlife photos: