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TODAY   |  February 28, 2013

Prince Harry visits his charity in Lesotho

The African kingdom of Lesotho is one of the poorest places on the planet, and the location of Prince Harry’s charity, Sentebale. The prince paid a visit to the nation this week, helping to plan a large center for children with HIV. NBC’s Michelle Kosinski reports.

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>>> coming out, prince harry is headed back to britain following his first appearance following his tour of duty to afghanistan. the prince traveling to south africa to raise money for his charity. michelle kosinski is in johannesburg this morning. good morning to you.

>> reporter: hi, matt. the kingdom lasoto prince harry visited is one of the poorest places on the planet. life expectancy of around 41. if you haven't heard about this, don't feel bad. that's one of the reasons why prince harry has chosen it, to try to help where he can. in showing up and shaking a few hands would never be prince harry 's style. shaking a stick or his shoulders, that's more like it. he made the most of every minute . at a school for the blind, the kids taught him braille. the school for the deaf, next, where he may have learned a sign or two. the prince even donned a royal purple teddy bear apron, a traditional print. it's always laughs when he's around. the prince here founded a charity which means forget me not in 2006 . he spent a summer working here as a teenager and couldn't forget the need he saw. he also wanted to remember his mother, the brave work diana did in africa and the prince's mother. they plan to build a large center here for children with hiv.

>> my mother would be proud, too. maybe with blueprints and sketches already mapped out. and don't want to put the swing in the wrong place.

>> reporter: together, these two have already impacted children suffering through poverty, disease, loss of their parents. harry stayed involved even during his tour of duty in afghanistan. he has often said he loves children. it shows. and now gets to reach out again with hands and smiles. people are sometimes surprised to hear prince harry 's charity only has five employees in the uk another 15 in losoto. they want to expand to other african countries and quadruple the amount they raise each year currently $3 million. not bad for the 28-year-old prince. matt.

>> all right. miche michelle kosinski in johannesburg this morning. coming