Queen hosts tea party for a wor­thy cause

Lesotho Times - - Entertainment - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE Queen’s Na­tional Trust Fund is set to host its fifth an­nual Queen’s Gar­den Tea Party at the Royal Vil­lage of Mat­sieng on Satur­day as part of ef­forts to ed­u­cate and em­power Le­sotho’s dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren.

Es­tab­lished by the late Queen ‘Mamo­hato Bereng Seeiso in 1985, the trust fund was a re­sponse to the grind­ing poverty and lack of op­por­tu­ni­ties for Ba­sotho.

Upon Queen ‘Mamo­hato’s pass­ing in 2003, Queen ‘Mase­n­ate Mo­hato Seeiso took over the man­tle from her mother-in-law with an in­de­fati­ga­ble drive to bet­ter the plight of un­der­priv­i­leged and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren. As the Queen’s Na­tional Trust Fund cel­e­brated 29 years of ex­is­tence last year, 70 youths had com­pleted their high school ed­u­ca­tion and en­rolled at var­i­ous in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing while 208 were still in schools.

Ac­cord­ing to the Deputy Sec­re­tary to His Majesty’s Of­fice, Lehlo­honolo Ndumo, they had not yet as­sessed this year’s statis­tics “since the num­ber of or­phans that need love, care and ed­u­ca­tion keeps in­creas­ing ev­ery day”.

“The Queen’s Na­tional Trust Fund takes care of des­ti­tute chil­dren’s school needs through­out the coun­try, ei­ther or­phaned or dis­abled,” Ndumo said.

“It stands out as the em­bod­i­ment of us as a na­tion that gives a help­ing hand to the less for­tu­nate. Since its dawn, it has made great strides to­wards reach­ing this goal keeps and in­creas­ing in this re­gard each day.

“Although the trust fund fo­cuses mostly on high school chil­dren as there is free pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion, it some­times helps those at pri­mary school, but then for one to qual­ify for such grants, there has to be tes­ti­mo­ni­als from the care­taker of the child, the chief of the vil­lage the child is from, so as the prin­ci­pal of the school he or she at­tends.”

He added that the theme for this year’s Queen’s Gar­den Tea Party is “Car­ing for the King­dom”, which will be elab­o­rated on dur­ing the event.

“The event is ba­si­cally tai­lored for women, so on that day they will equip each other with life skills and how they can join hands in help­ing the needy,” said Ndumo.

“Among the top­ics they will dis­cuss will be women em­pow­er­ment and pre­vent­ing dis­eases such as breast can­cer.”

He said there would also be a num­ber of prizes given to the best dressed at­ten­dees and the most dec­o­rated ta­ble for cor­po­rates and a raf­fle.

Queen ‘Mase­n­ate Mo­hato Seeiso.

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