Botho University spreads the love

Botho University spreads the love

MASERU – BOTHO University donated shoes, clothes, snacks and maize-meal to the Ministry of Hope Orphanage in Maseru on Monday.
Senior Manager of Business Development at the university, ’Mankhole Thakhisi, said their institution is not just a university but they also have social responsibility to assist the community.
“We believe that charity begins at home,” she said.

Thakhisi said they believe they should not only make a difference in education but also in the immediate community.
Thakhisi said they are sowing seeds and preparing the children in the orphanage for Botho University.
She said this was not only an act of giving and thanks-giving but it is their norm to give back to the community.
“We have come and share the little that we have,” she said.

Thakhisi said the staff saw it fit to come to this centre and share their love and partnership.
And they will continue sharing with them even on education.
The Ministry of Hope Orphanage founder, ’Mamonyane Mohale, said Botho University has been helping them to pursue several activities including farming, assisting the children with school assignments and cleaning the environment and the house.

She said after realising the rate at which HIV/AIDS was spreading in the country, and how people were so afraid to even breastfeed their babies, she thought she could help educate women on that aspect.
Mohale said she then opened up the centre with the aim to teach women how to breastfeed their babies despite the HIV infection and to open up the care centre for women who are working in the factories.
But that did not happen as planned, she said.

Mohale said when she opened the centre in 2011, they only had three children. That number has now shot up to 23. Some are in college while others are in high school and primary schools.
She said they recruit children from zero years to 10 years.
“But if the child already has siblings in the centre we recruit (them) no matter the age,’’ she said.
Mohale said they do not keep the children until they have grown up but they keep them for some time while still looking for their parents or any Good Samaritan for adoption.

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