610 Bronson Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1S 4E6
Executive Director: Peg Herbert
Board Chair: John Graham

Charitable Reg. #:82246 8476 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 2/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 90 cents are available for programs.

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About Help Lesotho:

Founded in 2004, Help Lesotho works to fight gender inequity, promote education, and prevent HIV transmission across Lesotho. Located in Southern Africa, Lesotho has the world’s second-highest rate of HIV/AIDS. Out of 184 countries, Lesotho ranks 149th in GDP. Help Lesotho also reports that 30% of children in Lesotho are orphans and 24% of adults are unemployed. The charity’s head office is in Ottawa.

Help Lesotho runs five main programs: Leadership, HIV/AIDS and Gender Equity, Education and School Projects, Grandmother Support, and Orphans and Vulnerable Children. It does not provide a program spending breakdown for F2020.

Help Lesotho’s Leadership programs aim to instill self-esteem and leadership skills in youth. It offers a three-month Leaders-in-Training (LIT) Program to train future leaders, followed by a four-week community service placement. In F2020, the charity helped to train 52 young adults through the LIT Program. Help Lesotho also runs a variety of projects to combat gender inequity. Its Young Mother Support Program offers psychosocial support and child health education to new mothers and pregnant women living in poverty. In F2020, 100 young mothers enrolled in 12 monthly training sessions. Help Lesotho runs school programs to support girls pursuing an education. In F2020, it hosted its Pearl Girl Camp for 80 high school girls. The camp focused on training girls as peer educators and promoting careers in STEM. Help Lesotho’s Grandmother Support Program offers peer groups, grief counselling, and education on HIV/AIDS to elderly women. The program reached 150 grandmothers in F2020.

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Results and Impact

In F2020, 98% of women in the Young Mothers Support Program reported improving their knowledge about HIV/AIDS. In addition, 92% of young mothers grew their knowledge of gender equity and power sharing in households. Help Lesotho also reported that 100% of women in the Grandmother Support Program reported higher confidence and self-esteem.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Help Lesotho’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has given Help Lesotho a Low impact rating based on its demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Low

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Help Lesotho received $1.0m in Canadian donations in F2020. It also received $502k in international donations (32% of revenues) and $18k in government wage subsidies (1% of revenues) during the year. Administrative costs are 8% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 2% of Canadian donations. This results in total overhead spending of 10%. For every dollar donated to the charity, 90 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Help Lesotho has $1.4m in funding reserves. The charity can cover 118% or around 14 months of annual program costs with its existing reserves.

According to its annual filing with the Charities Directorate, Help Lesotho used external fundraisers in F2020. It paid external fundraisers $1k to raise $34k, at a cost of $0.04 per dollar raised.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to Help Lesotho for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 6, 2021 by Eric Zhao.  

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 7.5%6.8%9.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 2.3%3.5%3.7%
Total overhead spending 9.8%10.2%13.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 117.9%100.0%77.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,004,363837,677992,535
International donations 501,937547,496328,504
Government funding 17,54400
Business activities (net) 31,85142,05348,081
Investment income 41,27856,99241,795
Other income (12,561)7,906(9,172)
Total revenues 1,584,4121,492,1241,401,743
Program costs - International 1,180,2621,155,4491,133,647
Administrative costs 115,29996,882133,459
Fundraising costs 23,30629,29236,529
Total spending 1,318,8671,281,6231,303,635
Cash flow from operations 265,545210,50198,108
Capital spending 68,7205,71817,809
Funding reserves 1,391,5511,155,311877,338

Note: Ci reported international donations from the charity’s T3010 filings and removed the amounts from Canadian donations. Ci excluded gains on the disposal of capital assets, affecting revenues by ($10k) in F2020. Ci removed amortization included in program and administrative costs based on the charity’s financial notes.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 29

Avg. compensation: $28,228

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2020

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

The following comment was provided for a previous profile update. New comments may be forthcoming.

In 2014, Help Lesotho became one of the first 100 Canadian charities to achieve accreditation through the Imagine Canada Standards Program. Accreditation is a testimony to Help Lesotho’s transparency, accountability, and effective governance. With over 86,000 charities in Canada, fewer than 1% have been recognized with this gold standard for operational excellence. Accreditation through Imagine Canada is just one example of Help Lesotho’s commitment to being a Centre of Excellence in everything we do. One of our strategic priorities is to increase our capacity to measure the impact of our programs on the ground.

Charity Contact

Website: www.helplesotho.org
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