Finally, a place to call home!

Finally, a place to call home!

BEREA – An impoverished family from Ha-Mabekenyane, Berea, has become the proud owners of a new house, courtesy of Standard Lesotho Bank and Habitat for Humanity.
The bank donated M75 000 towards the initiative.
This has eased pressure on the previously homeless Motselekatse family of five siblings, the oldest being a 21-year-old Form D student.

So far, Standard Lesotho Bank in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity has shelled out M600 000 to build eight houses for some of the country’s most vulnerable families.
For years, the Motselekatse family had been struggling, moving from one family to the other for help with basic needs such as shelter and food.
Speaking at the handover ceremony last week, Chieftainess ’Matumo Thamahane said villagers often assisted the family with handouts but could not provide a lasting solution to the family’s housing woes.
“Today, because of Standard Lesotho Bank and Habitat for Humanity, these children have a home,” the Chieftainess said.

“However, this does not mean our job is done. We still need to ensure that these children have something to eat in this house and ensure that they go back to school,” she said.
Thamahane said the lack of stability was also affecting the children’s performance in school.
“This family is blessed with brilliant children but their performance was being negatively affected by their family situation,” she said.
’Malijane Lijane, on behalf of Habitat for Humanity Lesotho, stated that had it not been for partners like Standard Lesotho Bank their initiative to provide houses for the vulnerable would not have been possible.

“There are a lot of people who are still in need of such help, may you continue to assist us as we try and ensure that everyone has access to housing,” Lijane said.

CEO for Standard Lesotho Bank, Mpho Vumbukani, said as a corporate citizen and through partners like Habitat the institution has been able to extend a helping hand to those in need.
“We did not only provide M75 000 but also with labour through Good Samaritans working at the bank who came to start the construction of the house,” Vumbukani said.
He added that there are many more vulnerable individuals in need of assistance.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Rethabile Motselekatse said they are grateful that finally, they have a home.
“We have been struggling for a long time moving from one family to the next but today we also have a place we call home,” Motselekatsi said.

Staff Reporter


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