‘Mother-daugh­ter bond most pow­er­ful’

Lesotho Times - - News - Pas­cali­nah Kabi

POMP and cir­cum­stance was on dis­play at an event or­gan­ised by Lit­tle Feet Foun­da­tion to cel­e­brate the re­la­tion­ships be­tween moth­ers and daugh­ters.

Dubbed “Mother and Daugh­ter Ben­e­fit Din­ner”, the event was held at AVANI Maseru Ho­tel last Satur­day, with over a 100 fab­u­lously dressed moth­ers and daugh­ters cel­e­brat­ing their bonds on Mother’s Day eve.

Usu­ally marked world­wide on 14 May an­nu­ally, Mother’s Day hon­ours moth­er­hood, ma­ter­nal bonds, and the in­flu­ence of moth­ers in so­ci­ety.

Lit­tle Feet Foun­da­tion founder Thabiso Let­soela told the Le­sotho Times the event, which was spon­sored by dig­i­tal satel­lite TV provider Dstv, was meant to fos­ter the de­vel­op­ment of good re­la­tion­ships be­tween par­ents and chil­dren.

He said the ap­proach was in­formed by the re­al­i­sa­tion that a good par­ent-child re­la­tion­ship was crit­i­cal for the lat­ter’s psy­cho­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ment.

Founded in 2014, Lit­tle Feet Foun­da­tion is a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion with the pri­mary aim of pro­vid­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal ser­vices to chil­dren re­sid­ing in var­i­ous chil­dren care fa­cil­i­ties, or­phan­ages and un­der­priv­i­leged com­mu­ni­ties in Le­sotho.

Its mis­sion is to pro­mote nor­mal de­vel­op­ment of chil­dren through pro­vi­sion of free psy­cho­log­i­cal ser­vices, train­ing of care­givers in the or­phan­ages and com­mu­ni­ties, as well as ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic about the chil­dren’s psy­cho­log­i­cal re­lated prob­lems.

Lit­tle Feet Foun­da­tion uses the ser­vices of clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gists, psy­chother­a­pists and psy­chi­a­trists to of­fer com­pre­hen­sive psy­cho­log­i­cal sup­port to chil­dren.

“Any mother or daugh­ter who un­der­stands the im­por­tance of grow­ing the bond be­tween the two was ex­pected to at­tend as the event was a mother and daugh­ter ben­e­fit din­ner, where ei­ther a mother or daugh- ter would take the other on a date,” Mr Let­soela said.

“The main mes­sage was the im­por­tance of the bond be­tween moth­ers and daugh­ters and how women in gen­eral should be­have.”

He said the event was not damp­ened by the ab­sence of head­line speaker, South African ac­tress and tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Boity Thulo, who could not at­tend due to a fam­ily emer­gency.

She was re­placed by mo­ti­va­tional speak- er, ‘Mase­sheke Ntl­hakana, who de­liv­ered an up­lift­ing mes­sage for both moth­ers and daugh­ters.

Asked what made the event unique, Mr Let­soela said: “We think the event was dif­fer­ent in that it pro­vided a plat­form for moth­ers and daugh­ters to spend qual­ity time while be­ing re­minded of the im­por­tance of their bond and how it af­fects women’s be­hav­iour in gen­eral.”

He pointed out that the re­la­tion­ship be- tween a mother and fe­male child was in­te­gral to the lat­ter’s health, self-es­teem and all her other re­la­tion­ships.

“We be­lieve that the mother-daugh­ter re­la­tion­ship is the most pow­er­ful bond in the world; for bet­ter for worse,” Mr Let­soela said.

“In our opin­ion, how a woman sees her­self, how she is in her adult re­la­tion­ship with part­ners and how she moth­ers her own chil­dren is pro­foundly in­flu­enced by her re­la­tion­ship with her own mother.”

SOME of the glam­orously dressed moth­ers and daugh­ters.

LIT­TLE Feet Foun­da­tion founder Thabiso Let­soela with his mother.

MOTHER and daugh­ter pose for a pic­ture.

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