“I first came to learn about the Lesotho Red Cross OVC Programme Educational Support in January 2004, when I was about to do my Junior Certificate at ST. Catherine’s High School. I had lost my father, who was the only bread winner in the year 2002, and lived with my mother, brother and my younger sister. Since my mother was not working things became really challenging, especially paying for my fees. Then I learnt of the Red Cross Support and immediately visited their offices where I met, Mr. Lithapelo (National OVC Officer) who told me that to apply I have to go through the assessment and the chief has to prove that I am legible for support and provide other supporting documents such as death certificate. Hearing this I was in tears thinking that I will miss out in the enrollment to attend school. But he assured me that he will call the Divisional Office so that the Project Officer can make follow ups’. The process
took only one week and I was enrolled.
Since then I have never looked back, as that year I passed my Junior Certificate with first class, went on to do Form D and COSC Which I passed with third class; 2007 – 2008. I then applied for a bursary from the government of Lesotho to do Diploma in Water and Environment Engineering (2009 – 2012) at Lerotholi Polytechnic College in Maseru which I obtained a pass. I got attachment work at Water and Sewerage Authority (2010 – 2011) six months industrial experience training in the following areas: plant operations (portable water), water analyzing and costing and estimating materials.
In January 2012 to September 2014, I worked for Millennium Challenge Account Projects as a project officer working under Project Management and Services; key responsibilities were as follows: preparation of tender documents, water testing and surveillance of wells for Ha Rampai, Rakotoane and Khutlo-Seaja villages. Supervision of MCA Projects Phase A lot 26, Phase B and Phase C lot 14 respectively And setting water structures bench marks for Kolonyane and Kaonyane Villages
Then in September 2014 I applied and secured a job for a position of Water and Sanitation Project Officer to be based in Thaba Tseka district through Lesotho Red Cross.
I am glad that I got support from the Red Cross and also secured a job from the Society, this will enable me to give back to vulnerable people in my country. I will also work hard to make sure that I support my family and input to Red Cross programmes as a way of showing my appreciation”.