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

Charitable Reg. #:82246 8476 RR0001


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



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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) 87 cents are available for programs.

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About Help Lesotho:

Founded in 2004, Help Lesotho works on the issues of gender inequity and HIV/AIDs to help children and youth in Lesotho, in Southern Africa. Lesotho is one of the poorest countries in the world. It has the 2nd highest rate of HIV/AIDs in the world. Help Lesotho has five main programs: Leadership, HIV/AIDs & Gender Equity, Education & School Projects, Grandmother Support, and Orphans & Vulnerable Children.

Help Lesotho’s Leadership program made up 32% of total program spending in F2018. In F2018, over 300 students attended an annual five-day educational Leadership Camp. Help Lesotho also pays small stipends to graduates of the Help Lesotho Leaders in Training Program to work with orphans and vulnerable children.

Help Lesotho’s HIV/AIDs & Gender Equity program made up 30% of total program spending in F2018. Through its Young Mother Program, Help Lesotho trained 150 young mothers and provided support in F2018. Led by 25 youth in Lesotho, GIRL4ce reached 15,773 people in F2018 through 84 performances about child marriage and gender-based violence.

Help Lesotho’s Education & School Projects program made up 17% of total program spending in F2018. Help Lesotho has 17 partner schools in Lesotho (11 primary schools and 6 high schools). Through Help Lesotho’s Pearl Program, 60 girls from 5 different primary schools attended eight training weekends in F2018.

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has given Help Lesotho a Low impact rating for demonstrated impact per dollar.

Impact Rating: Low

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Help Lesotho is a medium-sized charity, with total donations of $1.2m in F2018. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues and fundraising costs are 4% of donations. For every dollar donated, 87 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. Funding reserves of $877k can cover nine months of annual program costs.

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

Updated on May 23, 2019 by Lauren Chin.  

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.9%7.3%6.3%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.5%3.1%3.7%
Total overhead spending 13.4%10.4%9.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 77.4%70.2%79.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,165,1751,232,0591,131,555
Goods in kind 103,66190,22282,635
Business activities (net) 48,08170,86660,058
Investment income 41,79525,8995,334
Other income (9,172)18,5403,250
Total revenues 1,349,5401,437,5861,282,832
Program costs 1,133,6471,212,8291,108,865
Administrative costs 129,342102,59880,217
Fundraising costs 40,64638,27241,300
Total spending 1,303,6351,353,6991,230,382
Cash flow from operations 45,90583,88752,450
Capital spending 17,80983,3634,362
Funding reserves 876,936850,973878,421

Note: To report on a cash basis, Ci did not report amortization of deferred contributions related to capital assets, and instead reported amounts received during the year. This affected revenues by ($52k) in F2018, ($25k) in F2017, and ($47k) in F2016.  Ci backed out amortization allocated in program expenses, decreasing program costs by $66k in F2018, $56k in F2017, and $55k in F2016.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 31

Avg. Compensation: $27,243

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 F2018

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

The comments below were provided for a previous profile. Updated comments from the charity 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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