Shot in the arm for rehabilitation centre

Shot in the arm for rehabilitation centre

Senate Sekotlo

MASERU – CHINESE Ambassador Sun Xianghua yesterday handed over a M120 000 donation to Ithuseng Vocational Rehabilitation Centre to renovate its premises.

The centre was established in 1992 with the assistance of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

The purpose of the institution is to empower disabled people by providing them with vocational skills.

Speaking at the hand-over ceremony yesterday, Sun said he became aware of the centre’s renovation needs during his several visits there and he decided to help.

He said he was touched by how hard the government of Lesotho had worked to provide training opportunities to disabled people in the country.

“I was touched by the abilities gained and works done by the trainees in this centre,” he said.

The embassy also donated crutches to the institution.

Speaking at the occasion, the Minister of Social Development, Molahlehi Letlotlo, said since the establishment of this centre there has not been any replacement of the equipment and machinery used to provide training in the workshops.

This donation will enable the ministry to buy some equipment and machinery as the one in the workshops requires regular service and repair.

The new equipment will enable the instructors to impart skills to the trainees by introducing new concepts.

“The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China has extended a hand to a very under-privileged group of people and this shows commitment to improve the standard of living for the poor in Lesotho,” Letlotlo said.

“The ministry is really grateful for being considered. We hope this gesture will encourage others to take the same initiative to support the vulnerable groups in Lesotho,” he said.

The beneficiaries are the disabled people who at the end of two years’ training will have acquired high level skills to be able to start their own small businesses, he said.

“We promise the donor that this gift will be utilised efficiently and effectively to change and improve lives of trainees in this centre, and their families,” Letlotllo said.

“We commend the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and hope this is the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration with it,” he said.

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