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Prince Harry helps African school


Prince Harry gets his hands dirty helping out in Africa

Prince Harry is helping to refurbish a special needs school in Lesotho.

The prince's charity, Sentebale, is supporting the project at the only school of its kind in the African country, which caters for 43 children.

He has been joined by more than 20 colleagues from the Household Cavalry's Blues and Royals regiment, in which he is a lieutenant, for the project.

Reporters watched the 23-year-old moving materials by wheelbarrow as he helped build a disabled access ramp.

The group are working to rebuild the Thuso Centre in the northern town of Butha Buthe, which caters for children with profound physical and mental disabilities.

The prince said that as long as Sentebale could continue funding projects it could, "make a massive, massive difference."

Vulnerable children

He said: "Everything here is just so positive and fantastic. This is the only mentally handicapped school within Lesotho and once the project is finished we hope to make another in the centre and one in the south.

"The children of Lesotho, the vulnerable children of Lesotho, that's what we're working towards."

He said the work would take three weeks, which will save the contractor undertaking the project 360 man-days.

Referring to the ramp which was under construction, Harry said: "All the kids are mentally and physically disabled. To expect them to walk up steps like these is madness."

The prince first spent time in Lesotho during his 2004 gap year where he worked in an orphanage.

He founded Sentebale after vowing to continue his late mother's work against Aids. His co-founder was the country's Prince Seeiso, whose own mother Queen Mamohato died in 2003.

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