HELP Lesotho

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

Charitable Reg. #: 82246 8476 RR0001
Sector: International Aid
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: B+

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

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: Low

Full-time staff #23

Avg. Compensation $30,710

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 5
< $40k 4
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About HELP Lesotho:

Founded in 2004, Help Lesotho is an international development organization working in the Southern African nation of Lesotho. Its mission is to “empower vulnerable children, youth and grandmothers through its education, leadership development, and psychosocial support programs and partnerships.” It is also “committed to gender equity and social justice and the alleviation of HIV/AIDS and poverty in Lesotho.” Lesotho has the 2nd highest rate of HIV/AIDS prevalence in the world. With an infection rate of almost 24%, the average life expectancy in Lesotho has dropped to 49 years.  

Help Lesotho works with 11 rural communities, reaching 16,320 beneficiaries in F2016. Specific programs include an education support fund, a child sponsorship program, leadership camps, gender conferences, a young mothers support program, and the promotion of anti-AIDS clubs in schools. Help Lesotho's programs fall under two broad themes: to reduce the prevalence of HIV/AIDS, and to establish gender equity.

In F2016, Help Lesotho provided 2,000 solar lights to students. According to Help Lesotho, only 20% of households have access to electricity. The lights are provided to help students complete homework after the sun sets. Help Lesotho also trained 1,493 teenage girls on sexual and reproductive rights and trained 65 youth through its two-month, intensive “Leaders in Training” program, aimed to potential leaders in tertiary education. The program provides knowledge on HIV/AIDS prevention, gender equity, goal setting, entrepreneurship and making healthy decisions.

Financial Review:

Help Lesotho is a medium-sized charity, with cash and in-kind donations of $1.2m in F2016. Its administrative costs at 6% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 4% of donation. For every dollar donated to the charity, 90 cents goes towards its programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. Help Lesotho’s funding reserves of $878k allows it to cover 76% of its annual program costs.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Help Lesotho. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 3, 2017 by Josh Lam.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.3%6.0%10.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.7%5.2%5.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 75.5%59.4%63.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,131,5551,309,513993,641
Goods in kind 82,635107,222195,859
Business activities (net) 60,05865,82265,363
Investment income 7,0007,6695,983
Other income 3,25012,4671,529
Total revenues 1,284,4981,502,6931,262,375
Program costs - International 1,163,6451,254,539954,687
Program costs - Canada 000
Administrative costs 80,21789,770125,462
Fundraising costs 41,30067,50156,566
Cash flow from operations (664)90,883125,660
Funding reserves 878,421744,874609,401
Note: Ci has adjusted amortization of deferred capital contributions and gain on disposal of capital assets affecting revenues by ($47k) in F2016, by ($47k) in F2015, and by ($47k) in F2014. 

Comments added by the Charity:

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.

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