Brand new home for needy family
NINETY one-year-old Montšeng Domela was beside herself with joy after being given the keys to a newly-built two-roomed flat on Monday courtesy of Habitat for Humanity Lesotho (HHL) and Afrisam Lesotho.
An emotional Ms Domela recounted during the handover ceremony at Ha Lesaoana village in Mafeteng that she and her three great grandsons, Bongani, Khauhelo and Sipho had been at the mercy of the elements in their previous dwelling.
The dilapidated mud house, she said, could no longer keep out the cold and rain adding that the gesture was timely with the winter season fast approaching.
Ms Domela said her previous dwelling had become such a health hazard she feared for her safety while inside the building.
“My fear was that the house would collapse one day and take my life,” she said.
“I always wondered what would happen if that old house would collapse and kill me and the fate of the children who are under my care.
“I am so happy today that we have a new home. I am now relaxed and happy.”
In her remarks, HHL National Director ‘Mathabo Makuta lauded Afrisam for coming to the family’s aid.
“The house we are handing over was built by Afrisam and HHL staff with the assistance of the surrounding community,” she said.
“With the handing over of the house, Nk- hono Montšeng can finally live safely with her grandchildren.”
Ms Makuta said HHL’S mandate was to build homes for vulnerable members of communities. She also urged the Ministry of Social Development to map out policies to ensure operational clarity.
“For us to do our work well, we need the Ministry of Social Development to come up with policies that clearly state what constitutes vulnerability and other issues so that we are able to assist communities in the right way,” said Ms Makuta.
Afrisam Lesotho Manager Thato Tšuene said the gesture was part of the firm’s social responsibility drive to give back to the community.
“As the business community, we need to help the government to better the lives of Basotho especially those who are vulnerable,” Mr Tšuene said.
For his part, Social Development Minister Molahlehi Letlotlo said the government appreciated such initiatives to better the lives of vulnerable communities.
“The government has limited resources, and in situations where we are unable to assist, organisations such as HHL come in. We are grateful for the wonderful work they are doing,” Mr Letlotlo said.
“I want to encourage HHL to have more partnerships with the business community so that you can continue to help our people.”
THE new house built by Habitat for Humanity Lesotho and Afrisam Lesotho.
THE old mud dwelling.