Who We Are

Mission

To mitigate the effects of HIV/malnutrition on the most vulnerable infant children under five years of age by supporting their health, nutrition, developmental and emotional needs while empowering their extended families and communities who care for them to provide a better future for these children.

Our Story

TTL was started in 2004 by former Peace Corps Volunteers Ken and Colleen Storen in an effort to create an effective long-term strategy to help children orphaned or infected by HIV/AIDS in the rural highlands of Lesotho. Lesotho is currently experiencing an HIV/AIDS rate estimated at 25% of the population.

In addition to this crippling HIV epidemic, Lesotho’s highland villages experience food insecurity due to climate change and short growing seasons, contributing to high rates of childhood malnutrition. Exacerbating these immense challenges, the mountain villages are extremely under-served in terms of health, nutritional, and economic services.

The National AIDS Commission recognizes TTL as the only organization exclusively dedicated to caring for orphaned and vulnerable children in all of Mokhotlong. TTL assists children in their early critical and formative years, which provides a solid base for a longer, happier, and healthier life.

TTL employs a unique model consisting of two in-depth and integrated programs: Outreach and the TTL Safe Home. Meet the incredible team that manages TTL here.

The TTL Board of Trustees

Mr Tšeiso Phakisi (Chairperson)

A chief advocate on HIV issues in the early days of the pandemic and one of the first TTL trustees. He currently holds the position of a Community Councilor.

Mr Mathealira Khatleli.

After serving as a government employee for over 20 years, he has a strong knowledge of government policies and laws. His background is in land and physical planning.

Mr Thabo Mokhethi

He has served as a Police office in Mokhotlong Police Station for over 10 years, and now holds a senior position in the Child and Gender Protection Unit department.

Mrs Makatleho Khali

An Accounting teacher at Seeiso High School in Mokhotlong 10 years. She is one of TTL bank signatories.

Mrs Malineo Tiiti

Former Standard Lesotho Bank manager. She has over 20 years experience in banking. She is passionate about financial literacy.

The Foundation

The Tiny Lives Foundation (TTLF) is a network of communities and individuals in North America dedicated to supporting the life-saving work of TTL, a non-profit organization based in Mokhotlong, Lesotho. By raising funds, spreading awareness, and providing technical support, TTLF empowers our Basotho partners to continue to provide smart and sustainable local responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Lesotho. We serve as the voice of TTL in North America, sharing the message about the high-impact care that is saving lives, one child at a time.