New energy-efficient stoves were introduced and built for six schools in the Butha Buthe district under the School Feeding Project of the Lesotho Red Cross Society.

The previous stoves left much to the imagination of the person looking at them regarding hygiene and safety of the people using them, says the Project Officer Mr Mokholoane Sefatsana.

Approximately, 100 school children were identified as going to school on empty stomachs hence 45 males and 55 females were given food baskets composed of Maize meal, beans, peas, milk, oil, salt, and sugar. With these food baskets, LRCS was responding to the food gap and food insecurity challenges facing some school children.

In the meantime, 310 adolescent girls and vulnerable boys eligible were also provided with dignity kits. The kits comprised of the following items; sanitary pads, toothpaste & toothbrush, and cosmetics. “ With regard to menstrual hygiene management (MHM) and dignity to maintain the idea of self-worth and cleanliness amongst the boys and girls. 35 vulnerable boys were provided with the package exclusive of sanitary pads and 275 girls received their packages; Mr. Sefatsana added.

Agriculture Inputs:

Fifty-Eight (58) community members of 22 males and 36 females were given Vegetable seeds (rape, kale, Florida broad leaves, carrots, spinach, and beetroot as well as butternut) and fruit trees (Peaches tree and apple trees)  packages as a means of addressing the food insecurity the community and schools are experiencing.

“We are having this project because we as an organization thrive on assisting those in need, Sefatsana stated.

“It would have been unbecoming to strengthen the schools and leave out families  of the children and the communities they come from, hence the communities were trained in Climate Smart Agriculture, improved nutritional status, and

As part of increasing the capacity of the communities’ resilience to food security, the communities were also trained on food preservation which was held for 82 participants. 23 males and 59 females from 12 villages (6 villages from Nqoe and 6 from Ngoajane). The purpose of the training was to equip the participants with skills on techniques that they can put in place to reduce the spoilage of their harvest and increase their shelf life so that they are able to access and utilize them during the lean season.

The school feeding project is addressing short, medium, and long-term livelihood recovery interventions of an integrated WASH, food security, nutrition, and children protection issues to help children to become better learners in school and to improve their overall wellbeing. it started in 2021 and ends in December 2022. It is funded by IFRC -Australian Red Cross Society.