Sepheo works with children living and begging on the streets in Maseru, Lesotho’s capital. Our vision is Excellence out of Poverty; that Lesotho’s Poorest will Become Lesotho’s Best. We know it’s audacious, but we believe it’s possible. Sepheo is the local word for purpose. We want to see every child off the streets and living out their purpose. We do not treat the surface issues of poverty alone, but identify what has driven the child to the street and focus our effort there. With support, children - and families, where they exist - choose and implement their own solutions.
Josh and Belinda Groves founded Sepheo in response to the needs of children on the streets they had come to know over a period of 18 months. Having developed relationships with about 120 kids and a number of their relatives, Josh and Belinda decided to commit themselves full time, launching Sepheo.
Sepheo is a registered Charitable Trust in Lesotho and has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Lesotho Ministry of Social Development.
Sepheo is also a proud partner project of ACCI Relief, the Aid and Development arm of the Australian Christian Churches movement. ACCI Relief is an ACFID member, and complies with the ACFID Code of Conduct, which defines minimum standards of governance, management and accountability for non-governmental development organisations. Through the ACCIR World Relief Fund and the Kinnected program, Sepheo is an approved Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) under the Overseas Aid Gift Deduction Scheme (OAGDS) classification in Australia.
Josh and Belinda Groves
Josh and Belinda Groves
Before moving to Lesotho, Josh was a project manager and management consultant with a Big Four accounting firm and was a captain in the army, serving for ten years. He now works to develop young men who will lead with selflessness and integrity.
Belinda's passion is that people find and live their purpose, no matter the cost. Belinda moved to Lesotho in 2012 to manage electoral observation teams during Lesotho’s national elections. Prior to this she served as Deputy Chief of Staff to a senior minister in the New South Wales Government.
Children live and work on the streets in Lesotho for complex reasons. For some, the street is their home full-time; others come to the streets during the day to make a living for themselves and their family. Every child has a different story. The solution for every child is different. Several convictions guide our approach to helping Lesotho's most vulnerable children:
The healthiest place for any child is in a family that loves them and takes care of their basic material needs. We favor trying to reintegrate children into families, rather than an institutional solution.
Equipping a person with skills, mindsets and capabilities produces success over a lifetime. All our strategies are aimed at building people, not just responding to circumstance.
Too often, poverty causes people to feel incapable of influencing their circumstances. Handing people solutions only reinforces a sense of external dependence and personal helplessness. In everything we do, we support individuals and families to choose and achieve solutions for themselves.
'Poverty is not an identity. Every child has a purpose.'
Sepheo equips a child to succeed by building the internal qualities of success. Character development is central to the Sepheo model. As children develop strong personal qualities, they are better able to take and maximize opportunities provided by other programs. Right foundations sustain a child throughout their lifetime.