Met­ro­pol­i­tan do­nates to dis­abled cen­tre

Sunday Express - - NEWS - Li­jeng Ranooe

MAFETENG — MET­RO­POL­I­TAN Le­sotho on Fri­day do­nated 200 bags of ce­ment worth M15 000 to the Mo­rapeli Dis­abled Cen­tre (MDC) in Mafeteng to fa­cil­i­tate the con­struc­tion of a new din­ing hall for stu­dents.

The cen­tre, which is home to 29 dis­abled stu­dents, is sit­u­ated in Mot­sekuoa in the district of Mafeteng.

It was founded by Fa­ther Gil­bert in 1970.

Speak­ing at the han­dover cer­e­mony, Met­ro­pol­i­tan Le­sotho Mar­ket­ing Man­ager, Tšokolo Makeka, com­mended the MDC staff for their ded­i­ca­tion and work in the well­be­ing of the chil­dren.

“It is not of­ten that we find in­di­vid­u­als that ded­i­cate their lives to help­ing the less for­tu­nate and as­sist­ing them to reach their fullest po­ten­tial,” Mr Makeka said.

“Thank you for en­cour­ag­ing them and see­ing to it that they are ed­u­cated, fed, and have a roof over their heads. The work you are do­ing is in­valu­able.

“This why we, as Met­ro­pol­i­tan, felt the need to make this do­na­tion hap­pen; to as­sist you to con­tinue the great job you are do­ing for th­ese chil­dren. I would like to en­cour­age other or­gan­i­sa­tions to do the same; no mat­ter how big or small the con­tri­bu­tion.”

For her part, the Deputy Chair of the MDC board, Man­tai Tsekeli, ex­pressed grat­i­tude for the do­na­tion.

“We have no words to thank you for this gen­er­ous do­na­tion. The din­ing hall we had was old and di­lap­i­dated by weather con­di­tions and now our chil­dren will have some­where to eat in­stead of eat­ing out­side. We are ex­tremely grate­ful and hum­bled by your help.”

She said the learn­ers would re­main at the cen­tre un­til they com­pleted their high school ed­u­ca­tion.

Ma­fusi Semethe, a so­cial worker at MDC, told the Sun­day Ex­press that the ma­jor chal­lenge at the cen­tre was that of pro­vid­ing enough food for the chil­dren.

“We have var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions help­ing us here and there and care givers are do­ing their best to help the chil­dren with the day to day care and hy­giene.

“We also need spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ists to help them at their var­i­ous schools and at the cen­tre to help them with home­work and other aca­demic ac­tiv­i­ties,” Ms Semethe said, adding, more could be done to ed­u­cate se­condary schools about the needs of chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties.

She said that some of the chil­dren were brought to the cen­tre for spe­cial care by their par­ents through the Min­istry of So­cial Devel­op­ment.

“I want the chil­dren that are placed at this cen­tre to be as suc­cess­ful and happy as pos­si­ble. It is my big­gest prayer and dream to see them pros­per and see this cen­tre grow,” Ms Semethe said.

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