Austin's Sister City in Southern Africa
The primary focus of the Austin-Maseru Sister City Committee...
is providing humanitarian aid for Maseru and educational programs in Austin. The committee also provides hospitality for African students enrolled in Austin educational institutions. Austin and Maseru have been Sister Cities since 1978.
- Annual golf tournament fundraiser for HIV/AIDS organizations
- Training exchange between Austin and Maseru surgeons—received the Sister Cities International Special Achievement Award
- “We Agree” Workshop—received the Sister Cities International Best Single Youth Project Annual Award
Maseru is the capital of Lesotho, a country surrounded by South Africa. Lesotho, nicknamed the "Switzerland of Africa" due to its mountains, is home to Africa's largest hydroelectric project.