Brand new home for needy fam­ily

Lesotho Times - - Property - Lim­pho Sello

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.

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