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12/18/2014 05:40 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Prince Harry's Moving Photos Prove African Orphans Aren't Just The Face Of AIDS

During a recent trip to Africa, Prince Harry zoomed in on some inspiring progress in a country devastated by AIDS.

The British Royal visited kids in need in Lesotho who are benefiting from the organization he co-founded, Sentebale. The primary focus of his trip was to track the charity's developments on a new children's center, but Harry also took time to photograph a few of the kids to document how they're doing.

“These are children who have never had the chance to talk about their illness, and who had no idea that they were one of so many in their age group," Prince Harry wrote in a caption of one of his photographs. "It was really emotional watching them interact with each other."

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Prince Harry takes a photograph on a Fuji X100s Camera during a visit to a herd boy night school constructed by Sentebale on December 8, 2014 in Mokhotlong, Lesotho. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

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A man in traditional Lesothan Dress poses for a photograph by Prince Harry at a herd boy school supported by Sentebale on December 8, 2014 in Maseru, Lesotho. (Photo by HRH Prince Henry of Wales via Getty Images)

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Lesothan children pose for the camera for Prince Harry on December 9, 2014 in Leribe, Lesotho. (Photo by HRH Prince Henry of Wales via Getty Images)

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Lesothan children pose for a photograph taken by Prince Harry at a herd boy school supported by Sentebale on December 10, 2014 in Maseru, Lesotho. (Photo by HRH Prince Henry of Wales via Getty Images)


The prince, who visited Lesotho for four days earlier this month, toured construction of the new facility, which will dramatically increase the number of vulnerable children the charity can serve.

The center offers educational and healthcare resources to orphans living with HIV. According to USAID, there are more than 350,000 orphans in Lesotho, and about 180,000 of them lost parents to AIDS.

"Some [are] really outgoing chatty kids, others slightly overwhelmed, but all with huge smiles," Harry wrote. "This confirmed to me again that what we’re doing is going to change thousands of children’s lives, and hopefully save a generation.”

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Prince Harry plays with two young children (who are going through a program for malnourishment) during a visit to the organization supported by Sentebale on December 8, 2014 in Maseru, Lesotho. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

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Prince Harry plays with a 3-year-old blind girl named Karabo during a visit to Phelisanong Children's Home on December 6, 2014 in Pitseng, Lesotho. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Sentebale)

To support Sentebale's work, visit the organization's website.

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