An Ottawa school was graced by royalty yesterday.

King Letsie III of Lesotho visited Turnbull School to celebrate the Canadian children who support Help Lesotho.

The Ottawa-based charity founded by University of Ottawa professor Dr. Peg Herbert celebrated its fifth anniversary yesterday with a royal visit from King Letsie III.


Since it began, Help Lesotho has raised more than $3.6 million and had a positive impact on the lives of more than 9,000 orphans, at-risk youth and grandmothers in the tiny landlocked African nation.

“Some of the parents that I have met were brave enough to admit to me that the first time they heard of Lesotho was through their children,” King Letsie III told an assembly of around 600 students, teachers and parents.

“What you have done is not only to help Lesotho, but you have also given your parents a valuable lesson in geography. For that, again, I wish to thank you.”

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