Our history and archives
Trans Vanguard has strived for hope and humanity for years. Discover how we emerged from inception and evolved to become the local’s best humanitarian and commercial network.
How we were founded
Trans Vanguard is a non-profit making organization that was founded by the professionals from health, development, humanitarian and business fraternities, with the support from Beauty Pageant Association of Lesotho (BPAL) members’ pool in 2017. It was legally registered in 2018. The organization is empowering and engaging children, adolescents, youth, young women and at-risk people on humanitarian and commercial services. The organization believed that the process of childhood and adolescent is a period of preparation during which time several key development experiences occur. Besides physical and sexual maturation, these experiences include movement toward social and economic independence, development of identity, the acquisition of skills needed to carry out adult relationships and roles, and the capacity for abstract reasoning.
While adolescence is a time of tremendous growth and potential, it is also a time of considerable risk during which social contexts exert powerful influences. This is a time they need guidance and support as they transit adulthood. The main challenge that are faced by these groups are food insecurity and malnutrition, high HIV/AIDS and TB prevalence, cancer, unemployment and gender based violence (GBV) and the absence of means to access safe places and protection services worsening the situation. The challenges are further accelerate by current climate change, political instability, lack of skills and resources in Lesotho. The organization works to reduce factors that increase their vulnerability and prevent them from enjoying their full given and constitutional rights.
Our development and humanitarian experience: As a small growing innovative organisation, Trans Vanguard has been leading and participating in various development, livelihood resilient and relief initiatives:
- Trans Vanguard is working with Aflatoun international are supporting three pilot schools I n the district of Maseru on savings and lending schemes.
- Trans Vanguard is working in collaboration with EUREKA-GIE on online training scholarships courses related to renewable energy, climate smart technologies, digital transformation, sustainable development, engineering geology, project management, etc.
- Established and trained climate smart clubs in 27 schools. 270 club members were trained on climate smart agriculture (trench, keyhole, mandala and small vegetable production under shade nets in the cities, mushroom farming, food processing and preservation, networking and marketing) waste management (plastic recycling), renewable energy (cooking stove, clay ovens, biogas) and reproductive health. The initiative was supported by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Ministry Tourism, Environment and Culture UNDP, REPSSI Lesotho, local businesses and NGOs amongst others.
- During strict COVID-19 lock down, the organization trained 3600 participants (300 Principals, 300 teachers and 3,000 pupils) on environment and WASH issues amongst others, and formed 300 school clubs in the districts of Qacha`s Nek, Thaba-Tseka, Mokhotlong and Botha-Bothe.
- The organization conducted food insecurity and gender based violence assessment during COVID-19 lock down restrictions (December 2020 – June 2021). The assessments were conducted with the support of the ambassadors in the communities utilizing ITC platforms (WhatsApp, telegram, etc.).
- Trans Vanguard established 12 Peace Clubs in schools. The clubs were trained on processing/preservation and food loss management techniques in the cities.
- In 2018 the organization prepared the implementation of International Disaster Day which was celebrated in the Berea District in line with Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030.
- Advocated for use of clean water in 2017, mainstreaming gender based violence and food security during drought situation throughout the country with the support of Optimum Holding (Pty) Ltd and Lesotho Red Cross Society.
- Youth mentorship programme is conducted every Friday in collaboration with Footprint of Hope where youths learn basic home economics related concepts (proper nutrition, grafts, WASH) and human trafficking, including gender based violence (GBV).