By Seepheephe Mahao

“We intend to partner with Lesotho Red Cross Society to train communities where Lesotho Electricity Company (LEC) will install electricity with First Aid so that should accidents happen they are able to assist each other and safe lives”, this was said by the Acting General Manager Mr Mr Tankiso Motsoikha of LEC.

Mr Motsoikha said when handing over a cheque to the tune of M70, 000 to Lesotho Red Cross Society in January this year as part of responding to a call made by the Society for support from local business community.

He said the Society and LEC have been having great relationship and is growing since 2002. He said the Society has trained 110 staff members in First Aid and 22 more will be trained in the near future.

“You all know disasters affect our electrical networks and this comes with injuries and to overcome such we plan to work hand-in-hand with the LRCS in providing first aid skills to villages where the network passes,” Motsoikha said.

When receiving the Cheque on behalf of the Secretary General, the Programs Director Mrs Matsepo Moletsane said the Society is faced with a challenge of assisting OVCs through their education due to the high cost of education and that makes it impossible to support them throughout their schooling years.

“ Each child requires M5000.00 to cover all the educational support needs and the donation from LEC can assist approximately 20 Orphans and Vulnerable Communities, but even that it will fall short in some areas” Mrs Moletsane stated.

She however, expressed concern that the challenge facing the Society is supporting a child for a limited number of years and not throughout their learning period, “this can frustrate a child very much when they are able to attend school for one or two years and the next year the funds have run out and they are not able to continue with their education”.

She added that as far as First Aid is concerned the Society thanks LEC for trusting them with the work and said” indeed the Society has been doing First Aid training and providing First Aid for the past 50 years.

She said the donation will go a long way in supporting those affected by different hardships, especially the already vulnerable families.

She said the Society does not only need financial support but also in kind and called upon all business community and individuals to support the Society.

Moletsane stated recently the LRCS donated food and hygiene kits to 300 community members of Sehlabathebe in the Qacha’s Nek district through a support from German Red Cross Society.

Also present at the occasion were the LEC Acting General Manager Corporate Services Mr Bernard Masoabi, the Finance Director of LRCS Mr Teboho Nkoane, LEC PR Manager Mrs Phumla Moleko, Information Officer Mrs Mareitumetse Monyau, the Media and staff of LRCS.