Coali­tion sup­port­ers to protest

Lesotho Times - - Front Page - Lim­pho Sello

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THE Le­sotho Elec­tric­ity Com­pany (LEC) yes­ter­day handed over a M80 000 worth of elec­tric­ity units to five or­phan­ages un­der the aus­pices of the Hlokomela Bana Trust.

The units were split to M16 000 each for the five or­phan­ages con­sist­ing of God’s Love Cen­tre from Seka­ma­neng, St Leo Makhoathi Or­phan­age from Makhoathi, St Paul’s School for the Deaf from Leribe, Kananelo Home for the Deaf and Dumb from Bua­sono and Phe­lisanang Cen­tre for the Dis­abled from Pit­seng.

Ad­dress­ing the gath­er­ing dur­ing the han­dover cer­e­mony at St Leo Pri­mary School, LEC Gen­eral Man­ager on Co­op­er­a­tive Ser­vices Ben Ma­soabi said as a util­ity ser­vice provider, they took to heart the needs of the na­tion and vul­ner­a­ble groups in so­ci­ety.

“While our core re­spon­si­bil­ity is to pro­vide elec­tric­ity to the pub­lic, we also have a so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity pro- gramme to ad­dress the com­mu­nity’s needs such as as­sist­ing or­phan­ages or other vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties,” Mr Ma­soabi said, ad­ding the M16 000 worth of elec­tric­ity were meant to en­sure a year’s sup­ply of the com­mod­ity.

“A hand that gives is more blessed than the one that re­ceives, hence we will con­tinue to en­sure the needy and des­ti­tute mem­bers of so­ci­ety re­ceive the much-needed as­sis­tance through the Queen’s Trust.”

In her re­marks, Hlokomela Bana Trust Fund rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Ma­bataung Mokhathali, said Queen ‘Mase­n­ate Mo­hato Seeiso had two trust funds - the Queen’s Trust Fund and Hlokomela Bana — with the for­mer fo­cus­ing on chil­dren’s school fees, uni­forms and books while the lat­ter was a gen­eral fund cater­ing for var­i­ous chil­dren’s needs.

Ms Mokhathali lauded LEC for the ges­ture, say­ing the elec­tric­ity would as­sist spe­cial needs chil­dren who were ei­ther deaf, dumb or blind.

For her part, St Leo Pri­mary School teacher and care­giver There­sia Tha­beli said the elec­tric­ity would go a long way in en­sur­ing the chil­dren’s ad­vance­ment.

“This elec­tric­ity is go­ing to help us a lot, be­cause it ben­e­fits the chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion and gen­eral well­be­ing,” she said.

“We are go­ing to use the elec­tric­ity as in­tended by our bene­fac­tors, and I need to tell you that look­ing after th­ese chil­dren is not easy. But through God we man­age.”

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