Queen hosts tea party for a worthy cause
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.