At least half a million Basotho were assisted by Lesotho Red Cross Society in the past 10 years, the Society’s Secretary General Mr. Kopano Masilo has said.
Mr. Masilo made the remarks during an LRCS fundraising gala dinner that was held on August 16th, 2019 at the ‘Manthabiseng Convention Centre.
He said the Society invested over M200 million during the same period to assist vulnerable communities in Lesotho.
The assistance was through projects such as Health Centre services, First Aid training and services, food security and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) activities.
The SG said the Society made a commitment in 2017 in response to a call was made to the local business community to support the LRCS humanitarian activities.
The commitment was made during a breakfast meeting held for local business community and was launched by His Majesty Kind Letsie III.
Some of the donations that the Society received included boxes that contained second hand clothes from other sister Societies and clothing from local individuals.
Listing some of the projects implemented, Mr. Masilo said from 2018 to date, the Society received a total of M7.5 million from the Government of Lesotho to support Primary Health Care activities in the health centres of Kena, Kolojane, Mapholaneng and Thaba Bosiu.
He said: “A total of 250 OVC living with HIV and AIDS from the Kena Catchment area have been given Psycho Social Support (PSS), education support and nutritional support to ensure they adhere to their ARVs medication.”
The Society also received a donation of M1 million from a foundation belonging to a private family in Switzerland called LARS Admundsen to support an OVC project in Kena.
“The Society’s Cancer Screening project has screened 16,000 Basotho men and women since it started three years ago. The Project is supported by BMS to the tune of M8 Million and ends in September,” Mr. Masilo noted.
He informed the audience that this year the Society signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education to train approximately 600 pupils aged between 12 and 18 per year for three years from Berea, Leribe, Mafeteng and Maseru.
The project is supported by Belgium Red Cross to the tune of M660 000.
For his part, the President of LRCS Mr. Silas Mosuhli said part of the funds collected from the gala dinner will be used to construct a three-roomed house for vulnerable children without shelter in Mohale’s Hoek.
Mr. Mosuhli thanked companies and non-government organisations that supported the event, assuring them that the remaining funds would be used to help other vulnerable people in Lesotho.
The gala dinner was financed by Alliance Lesotho, Mamoth, Metolong Authority, Dr. Chen Lee, Home Base Properties, Nedbank, Lesotho Electricity Company, Standard Bank Lesotho, Disaster Management Authority, Cabinet office, Chinese business community, Greenland Farm Suppliers, Thimo Guest House, H2O, Comnet, Decorate Art Furniture, Comstat Consultants, Kobeli Business Services LENASO, Minet, LRCS staff and some members of the public.
Dr. Chen pledged M70,000, the Nedbank M5,000 and LEC M5,000.
Mookho and Kommanda Obbs entertained the guests while DJ Jam Session kept the attendants dancing all night with his riveting music.