"We can make a massive difference," he says as army buddies help with a special-needs center

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated July 08, 2008 11:25 AM

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.”