Ray of hope for Mafeteng fam­i­lies

Lesotho Times - - News - Lim­pho Sello

THE min­istries of So­cial Devel­op­ment and Forestry and in­ter­na­tional devel­op­ment agency, So­cial Work­ers Be­yond Bor­ders, are jointly hold­ing a five-day en­trepreneur­ship work­shop for 15 Mafeteng fam­i­lies who are ben­e­fi­cia­ries of gov­ern­ment’s quar­terly child-grants.

The sem­i­nar, which started on Mon­day and ends to­mor­row in Mafeteng, seeks to em­power the ben­e­fi­cia­ries with skills on how to start bee­keep­ing and fruit-cul­ti­va­tion projects, as well as book­keep­ing.

So­cial Devel­op­ment Op­er­a­tions Di­rec- tor Re­fuoe Pakela told the Le­sotho Times: “The fam­i­lies are be­ing trained on projects of their choice; we didn’t im­pose any­thing on them be­cause at the end of the day, the fam­i­lies have to do some­thing they are pas­sion­ate about.

“So­cial Work­ers Be­yond Bor­ders is cur­rently teach­ing the fam­i­lies how to save their grants so they can use the money on projects they would be start­ing af­ter this train­ing.

“The Min­istry of So­cial Devel­op­ment will meet the trainees half­way with cash that will help them launch their projects.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Pakela, it is ex­tremely im­por­tant for the fam­i­lies to be self-re­liant as the grants are with­drawn once a child reaches the age of 18 years.

“We would want to dis­cour­age this de­pen­dency syn­drome es­pe­cially among peo-

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