LRCS commences DREF in Thaba-Tseka

The Disaster Response Emergency Fund (DREF) was kick started yesterday in Thaba Tseka by introducing the project to the District Administrator.

The Disaster Response Emergency Fund (DREF) team headed by the Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) Disaster Management Officer Mr. Maine Makula had an hour meeting with the District Administrator (DA) Mr. Masheane Rapholo, on Tuesday the 18th February 2020, at DA building Thaba-Tseka.

The objective of the meeting was to introduce the project to the District Administrator.

“Nine hundred and forty households (940) will be assisted with food through DREF for a period of 3 months through Cash Transfer to the tune of M890 (890 Zar) from January to March 2020,” says the Lesotho Red Cross Society Disaster Management Officer Mr. Maine Makula.

The communities targeted are from two Councils of Litsoetsoe and Khutlo Se Metsi.

He said DREF will be doing Cash Transfer in three of Thaba Tseka, Botha Bothe and Mokhotlong. Qacha’sNek was taken out of DREF because WFP will be operating in that district.

He added that although the money is expected to ensure the households have food during the drought period, however, he said “they are at liberty to buy anything that the family may need”.

In his address, Maine indicated that his team has also come to seek assistance from the District Disaster Management Teams in leading the LRCS team when verifying beneficiaries’ list in targeted villages.

Maine said they have targeted twenty percent of the overall population in Thaba-Tseka. “we are targeting households of the vulnerable groups, already receiving grants from the Ministry of Social Development”, he added.

Maine informed that DREF only takes three months and has been funded to the tune M3 Million by the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
When welcoming the LRCS Team, the DA Mr. Rapholo said he was impressed on how LRCS assist and help those need.  He advised that LRCS to review beneficiary list every now and then, to avoid helping those who have developed in their style of living.

“I promise to assist you whenever need dictates”, says  the DA.

Maine added that cash transfer is going to be done through Vodacom Lesotho, with Mpesa specifically, as well as Econet telecom Lesotho, through its Eco Cash services.

The LRCS team also had a meeting with District Disaster Management Team (DDMT).