"My mother told me good, my mother told me strong
She said be true to yourself and you can't go wrong"
Dear, sweet, adorable and HOT Prince Harry has just gotten a wee bit hotter. Not simply because he's shoveling the earth in sun-beaten Africa, but... because he's shoveling the earth in sun-beaten Africa.
Prince Harry is once again raising a hand to help the AIDS-stricken African nation of Lesotho, this time building a special-needs school with his army buddies from the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals regiment.
Harry, 23, says he hopes the facility in the northern town of Butha Buthe will be the first of many that can be provided by his Sentebale charitable foundation, reports Britain's Telegraph.
"At Sentebale, as long as we can keep funding the projects, we can make a massive, massive difference," the newspaper quotes Harry as saying – as he was building a ramp to help disabled students get to school.
In 2004, then then-19-year-old produced a TV documentary, The Forgotten Kingdom: Prince Harry in Lesotho, about the plight of the nation.
Once completed, the Thuso Centre will welcome more than 40 children with severe physical and mental disabilities – the first such school of its kind in the small kingdom.
"Everything here is just so positive and fantastic," says the royal. "Once the project is finished, we hope to make another in the center [of the nation] and one in the south. The children of Lesotho, the vulnerable children of Lesotho, that's what we're working towards."
I do realize it is incumbent upon royalty to perform philanthropic and humanitarian duties, but it still leaves me with a good taste in my mouth to see him doing this work. Which is likely nothing compared to the taste in my mouth if I can ever get my hands on Harry himself!
It just appears there are SO many issues to be sorted out in African nations. I would really like to go there one day myself to bear witness to the progress being made by so many. Plus, the opportunity to bear witness to African elephants in the wild would knock off my cotton socks! (yes, it's true, I do have a bit of a life long affinity for the elephant).
more on what he's doing there and on his organization, Sentebale, from the Associated Press:
Britain's royal soldier-humanitarian is in the impoverished African kingdom of Lesotho this week to work with Sentebale — the charity he and Lesotho's Prince Seeiso founded in the memory of Harry's late mother, Princess Diana.
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.
It would only take a moment to click and learn more about Sentebale :-) Go on, do it for yourself. Oh alright... go on and do it for Prince Harry! Maybe these pics will encourage you...