Prince Harry's Thanksgiving Plan: Hanging with Kids in Africa
The royal, 31, is set for a tour of Lesotho and South Africa on November 26
Prince Harry is ready to return to Africa!
After his three-month-long “dream job” working with conservation efforts in Namibia in August, the royal, 31, is set for a tour of Lesotho and South Africa on November 26.
Harry s first stop will be to the tiny African kingdom of Lesotho for the opening of a new center for his charity, Sentebale, which was set up to meet the needs of children – many of whom are living with HIV/AIDS.
The organization was founded by Harry and Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in memory of their late mothers, Princess Diana and Queen ‘Mamohato Bereng Seeiso.
The ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre, which will be unveiled by King Letsie III, marks a major development for the charity as it will be used to host services to benefit vulnerable children in the mountainous kingdom. It is a significant step forward for the charity, enabling it to help more young people in the country, which has caught Harry’s heart as he’s been drawn to the plight of the children, many of whom are orphans.
When Harry first visited 11 years ago, Malineo Motsephe, known as Me ‘Ma, was among the group of locals who chaperoned him.
“Harry is a maternal orphan himself, therefore [he] understands what a loss of a parent means,” Me ‘Ma has told PEOPLE. “During his visit, he used to say, ‘I wonder what my mum would say today if she would see the enormous suffering inflicted on these children and youth by the scourge of HIV/AIDS.’ ”
Two days after the opening, the prince will play in a charity polo match in Cape Town, South Africa, to raise funds for the charity.
And on November 30, Harry will kick off a four-day tour of the country to carry out a program of engagements on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government. The tour “will focus on a number of key themes, including understanding South Africa’s recent history, the issues and opportunities for young people in South Africa today and the importance of wildlife conservation,” his office at Kensington Palace says.
In Cape Town, he will see Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu before heading out on various visits, which include a stop at a youth center to meet young people linked to gang-related crimes.
Harry will also visit Kruger National Park, where he will draw attention to anti-poaching efforts in South Africa. During the summer, Harry worked with rangers and a top veterinarian on the front line of conservation in Africa, and his office says he “is keen to highlight their skills and professional training.”
The prince s final tour stop will be in Johannesburg, where he will meet with Nelson Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel, 70, and hear how the country is “using Mr. Mandela’s legacy to inspire and empower the next generation of South Africans.”