Joy for des­ti­tute fam­ily

Lesotho Times - - News - Lim­pho Sello

A FAM­ILY’S dream of de­cent ac­com­mo­da­tion fi­nally came true in Man­yare­leng vil­lage, Mafeteng af­ter Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Le­sotho (HFHL) and Limkok­wing Univer­sity of Cre­ative Tech­nol­ogy (LUCT) col­lab­o­rated in build­ing them a tworoomed dwelling.

Sixty-eight-year old Nuku Nthoba and her three grand­chil­dren Lite­boho Khofu (15), Itume­leng Khofu (12) and Mot­latsi Khofu (8) were liv­ing in a di­lap­i­dated stone and mud house lent to them by a well-wisher be­fore the two or­gan­i­sa­tions came to their aid on Satur­day.

Scores of LUCT stu­dents and staff from the Fac­ulty of Ar­chi­tec­ture & the Built En­vi­ron­ment as well as HFHL of­fi­cials con­structed the dwelling and a ven­ti­lated pit la­trine.

Ac­cord­ing to HFHL Re­source De­vel­op­ment and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Of­fi­cer, Se­toko Hla­bathe, the ini­tia­tive was part of the non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion’s “Youth Build” pro­gramme which gives young­sters an op­por­tu­nity to en­gage in vol­un­teerism and raises aware­ness on the need for de­cent and af­ford­able hous­ing for vul­ner­a­ble groups in so­ci­ety.

“The lives of both the Khofu fam­ily and Limkok­wing stu­dents were changed for the bet­ter dur­ing the build­ing process,” he said.

“Limkok­wing stu­dents got a chance to put their the­o­ries into prac­tice and gain vol­un­teer­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. They were able to serve the com­mu­nity and meet pro­fes­sion­als in their field of study and make a so­cial im­pact through their skills.”

Mr Hla­bathe said HFHL held var­i­ous events to fight poverty and its var­i­ous man­i­fes­ta­tions.

“Sta­tis­tics in­di­cate that 57.1 per­cent of Le­sotho’s pop­u­la­tion lives below the poverty da­tum line,” he said.

“Our role as re­spon­si­ble Le­sotho cit­i­zens is to play our part in what­ever ca­pac­ity and sup­port the fight against all forms of poverty in the coun­try.”

LUCT As­sis­tant Fac­ulty Man­ager of Fac­ulty of Ar­chi­tec­ture & The Built En­vi­ron­ment, David Mo­jewa, said they joined forces with HFHL to make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity.

“We de­cided to take time out from the lecture rooms and as­sist in a wor­thy cause. We be­lieve that our con­tri­bu­tion will change the lives of the Khofu fam­ily for the bet­ter,” he said.

“The ini­tia­tive is also part of our cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity drive of en­gag­ing the com­mu­nity at their point of need.”

Mr Mo­jewa said the ex­pe­ri­ence had also ben­e­fited LUCT stu­dents as they were able to ap­ply the train- ing they had re­ceived.

“The event came with some ben­e­fits for our staff and stu­dents since they got a chance to serve the com­mu­nity, make a last­ing so­cial im­pact and put into prac­tise what they have learnt,” he said.

LUCT stu­dents and other well-wish­ers build the two-roomed house.

Nuku Nthoba and her three grand­chil­dren were liv­ing in a di­lap­i­dated stone and mud house.

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