New house for  Moshoeshoe II orphans

New house for Moshoeshoe II orphans

MASERU-ECONET Telecom Lesotho in collaboration with the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology yesterday donated a two-roomed house to a child-headed family in Moshoeshoe II. 

The family of four – three boys and a girl – have been living in a dilapidated house for years after they lost their parents.
Speaking at the hand-over ceremony, the Econet CEO, Dennis Plaatjies, said they learned of the plight of the family when they were asking the area chief for land to erect their towers.

“Through HigherLife Foundation Econet assists vulnerable children in various ways depending on their need,” Plaatjies said.
“Even though we did not have a budget at the time we found out about this vulnerable family we continued to tap into other funds to make sure that these children get decent accommodation.”

Plaatjies said they learned that Limkowing University was already involved and opted to work together with them to finish the project.
Plaatjies added that neighbours also assisted with water as the family did not have water in the yard.

“We are grateful for all your various efforts that contributed towards making this project a success,” Plaatjies said.
The Registrar at Limkokwing University, Moroka Hoohlo, said that the project would not have been complete in time without the collaboration between the two entities.

“It is really disheartening that such young children had to live in such horrifying conditions in our presence as they are orphans. We need to do better as a society,” Hoohlo said.
He added that the university engaged in the programme through its social responsibility arm, Heal the World Foundation.
’Maseromo Borotho, a neighbour who assisted with water for the construction of the house, said that the living conditions were not healthy for the children.

“Their lives were in danger especially during harsh weather conditions, the house could fall, trapping them inside,” Borotho said.
“The other child even had to grow into the role of a parent,” she said.
“I am really grateful on their behalf that today they now have decent accommodation.”
The Deputy Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Social Development, Mahlapane Makakole, said that as a ministry they are grateful that there are Good Samaritans who are still taking care of orphans.

Lesotho, she said, has a high number of child-led families due to loss of parents because of HIV/AIDS and it is therefore everyone’s responsibility to contribute towards the raising of these children.
“As government, through this ministry, we assist the vulnerable because we believe that no child should grow under depressing circumstances,” Makakole said.

“These children who have taken the role of a parent are burdened with adult issues and most of the time they are unable to further their studies because of responsibilities,” she said.

She added that she wishes all corporate citizens would play a critical role in trying to uplift children from the claws of poverty.
She promised to assist in getting the children back to school and provide some living grant that the ministry provides to the vulnerable.

Staff Reporter

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