The Mophato oa Mants'ase Society

The Mophato oa Mants'ase Society

2020 Board of Trustees

by Elaine Herbert on 04/21/20

The Board of Trustees

 

23rd February 2020

 

Patron

Her Majesty

Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso

 

Founder

The Anglican Church

 

Chair

Mr Geoff McPherson

 

Vice Chair

Mr Herman Nieuwoudt

 

Treasurer

Ms Nthabiseng Sesinyi

 

Secretary

Ms Elaine Herbert

Ms Lineo Mphunyetsane

 

Members

Mrs Gladys McPherson

Mrs Catherine Nieuwoudt

Mr Thesele Leshota

Ms Naomi Schalm

 

Ex officio Members

Mr and Mrs Danny and Anne Bothma

The Principal Chief of Taung

The District Administrator

The Chairman of Local Government

The Commissioner of Police

The Social Welfare Officer

(District of Mohales Hoek)

AGM Notice 2020

by Elaine Herbert on 01/29/20

NOTICE

The Annual General Meeting of the Mophato oa Mants’ase Society will be held at Mants’ase Children’s Home, Mohale’s Hoek district, on Sunday 23rd February 2020 at 12 o’clock.

Light refreshments will be served.

The Society’s aims are to foster the wellbeing of vulnerable children through their own families wherever possible and where this is not possible to provide residential care for as long as it may be needed.

Society Membership is open to anyone who wishes to foster and further the Society’s aims and who pays an annual subscription of M5,00 (Five Maloti).

Society Members who have paid their annual subscription are eligible to vote at the meeting.

Society Members who wish to pay their annual subscription at the AGM may do so.

2018 Board of Trustees

by Elaine Herbert on 08/20/18

The Board of Trustees

 

3rd June 2018

 

Patron

Her Majesty 

Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso

 

Founder

The Anglican Church

 

Chair

Mr Geoff McPherson

 

Vice Chair

Mr Mochesane Mosoloane

 

Treasurer

Mr Bill Herbert

 

Secretary

Ms Elaine Herbert

 

Members

Mrs Gladys McPherson

Mrs Catherine Nieuwoudt

Mr Thesele Leshota

Mr Bokang Marmane

 

Ex officio Members

The Principal Chief of Taung

The District Administrator

The Chairman of Local Government

The Commissioner of Police

The Social Welfare Officer

(District of Mohales Hoek)

Thank you Minet Lesotho (Pty) Ltd and Specialised Insurance Company

by Elaine Herbert on 06/07/18

We are very grateful to Minet Lesotho (Pty) Ltd and Specialised Insurance Company who have together sponsored the comprehensive insurance cover for our bakkie (light delivery vehicle) for the next year.

The bakkie was donated to Mants’ase Children’s Home in 2006.

We value this sponsorship very much. Thank you!

2016: Tenth Anniversary

 

AGM Notice 2018

by Elaine Herbert on 04/20/18

NOTICE

The Annual General Meeting of the Mophato oa Mants’ase Society will be held at Mants’ase Children’s Home, Mohale’s Hoek district, on Sunday 3rd June 2018 at 12 o’clock.

Light refreshments will be served.

The Society’s aims are to foster the wellbeing of vulnerable children through their own families wherever possible and where this is not possible to provide residential care for the duration of child placement recommended by the Ministry of Social Development.

Society Membership is open to anyone who wishes to foster and further the Society’s aims and who pays an annual subscription of M5,00 (Five Maloti).

Society Members who have paid their annual subscription are eligible to vote at the meeting.

Society Members who wish to pay their annual subscription at the AGM may do so.

Care for the Carers

by Elaine Herbert on 02/18/18

Our Community Assistance Programme (CAP) was launched in March 2014 and from its inception to this day has been funded entirely by the Umckaloabo Stiftung to whom we are very grateful.

Through CAP we have been able to steadily increase our efforts to help strengthen the capacity of families in our neighbouring villages to support orphans and vulnerable children. Currently we are assisting 20 families who are supporting 46 children.

These families are identified with assistance from the Chief and Councillors working together with Mants’ase Children’s Home management.

Caring for children requires a lot of energy and if a guardian is not well, this will impact negatively on the quality of care they are able to give their children. Any health problems they may have, and these may include high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and/or TB, need to be properly diagnosed and treated. It is equally important that they have a healthy diet with all the nutrients they need to be able to take prescribed medications effectively and maintain their health.

We believe that concern for the welfare of those who take care of children is essential.

Through CAP we ensure that these families (the guardians and their children) have access to quality health care services. We provide food for each family, to supplement the food that they have. And we ensure that these children are enrolled at school (at preschool, primary school or at secondary level), that their school fees are paid and that they have school uniforms.

Mants'ase staff visit these families regularly to show them our support, to find out about any problems they may have, to check that the food we have given them is being used as intended and that the guardians are providing proper and loving care for their children.

And we would like to take this opportunity to thank the guardians very much for the way in which they have chosen to express their appreciation, by visiting Mants’ase Children’s Home two days a week to help with the laundry - this is great help - and helping each other to grow more vegetables. Wonderful!

Below: Keyhole gardens

Keyhole vegetable gardens

Our Reunification Programme

by Elaine Herbert on 02/18/18

Not all the children at Mants'ase have close family members who are still living, but occasionally there are cases where distant relatives are very willing to care for a child.

Whenever possible, when we believe it is in the best interests of the child, we reunite our children with their families.

During 2017 we were able to reunite six children with their families.

However, this is not an easy task.  First we have to find the families, then visit them to find out about their circumstances. If their circumstances permit and they are willing to meet us at least half way, then the reunification process begins.

The child's first visit to his or her family is supervised by a qualified person, usually a social worker. If this visit goes well, another visit will be arranged. Then, if all is still going well the child will go to his/her family for a weekend visit, or sometimes a longer visit during school holidays.

Throughout the process the child receives regular counselling with a social worker.

When everything goes well the whole process takes approximately one year, but this is an expensive and very time consuming programme.

The reason this programme is so expensive and time consuming is because children are placed at Mants'ase (by the Ministry of Social Development) from all ten districts in Lesotho. This means a lot of travelling, from Qacha's Nek to Mokhotlong, Semonkong to Butha-Buthe, all over the country. And while it is possible to drive to many of the family homes, it is not always possible. An extreme example is one child's family home which is a three hour walk from the end of the road.

If the only obstacle to reunification is financial we will in certain cases continue to pay the child's education expenses such as school fees. But we are very careful and strict about what we continue to pay for. As mentioned before, we will only begin the reunification process if the family is willing and able to meet us at least half way.

It is important to note that when a family feels they cannot meet a child, or continue with the reunification process, we do not judge them nor do we try to twist their arms. We have to remember at all times that we have not walked in their shoes.

Climate Change as viewed by students at Mants’ase

by Elaine Herbert on 02/07/18

During the school holidays some of our teenagers worked on a project about climate change. Naturally much of what each child wrote in his/her essay also appears in other essays so the following is a summary of their efforts.

Climate Change:

Climate simply refers to the average weather over a long period of time.

Climate change is caused by greenhouse gases that allow the short waves from the sun to enter our atmosphere but trap the long waves that the earth radiates out - causing a build-up of energy. This energy is not evenly spread over the globe as winds are constantly blowing somewhere. So what is done in one part of the world could have effects far away.

Climate is affected by many practices all over the world which, over time, cause climate change.

There are many factors affecting climate change negatively and if these are ignored, it will cause more severe weather. There can be too much wind, drought, heatwaves or floods. By reducing the amount of greenhouse gases emitted we can help to lower the chances of such extreme weather.

But before we spend too much time looking at what other people are doing in other parts of the world, we should consider carefully what we are doing at Mants'ase to help stop the march of climate change.

Since we know what causes climate change, we can help to combat it and here at Mants'ase Children's Home we help care for the atmosphere by:

    Planting Trees. We plant as many trees as we can. Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and many trees use lots of carbon dioxide in the manufacture of their plant food. These trees also produce fruit which is very nice for us to eat and saves money.

    Replacing Trees. Deforestation is the cutting down of trees without replacing them. When those trees are cut down there is going to be a lot of carbon dioxide released into the air and this causes climate change. But at Mants'ase we use as few trees as possible for firewood, or for building materials. We have planted more trees to replace those we have cut down, trees which store carbon and so help to protect the climate.

    Having only one vehicle, our vehicle is regularly serviced and therefore releases a minimum amount of greenhouse gases. The vehicle is seldom used by one person or for only one reason.  Trips to town are planned so that as many things as possible can be done in one trip - this further cuts down on greenhouse emissions from the vehicle and reduces each person's carbon footprint.

    Recycling. Although we don't have a formal recycling plan as in the cities, we do recycle. Food waste is fed to animals. Clothing is passed on to younger children if in good condition. Our pre-primary teacher uses cardboard boxes, magazines etc. to make toys and teaching aids and when we have emptied jars, bottles and plastic containers (and if we have no other use for them) we give them to those in our community who make good use of them.

    Buying in bulk. Whenever it is practical to do so, we buy in bulk. This means there is less packaging, therefore less waste. Very little ends up in the rubbish pit.

    Using less manufactured goods. We use the products of industries, but by reducing the amount of manufactured goods we purchase we are helping to reduce the need for greenhouse gas producing industries.

    We use solar energy to pump water from underground and we supplement our water supply using a roundabout pump. Whenever we play on the roundabout, water is pumped up from underground into a storage tank. Therefore the roundabout pump uses no electricity.

    We have solar geysers to heat water for washing ourselves and our clothes, and for general cleaning purposes. The solar geysers use a very little bit of electricity.

    We do not have wind turbines at Mants'ase but we do use wind energy almost every day when we hang our laundry outside to dry. The laundry is dried by the sun and the wind. On windy days the laundry dries much quicker.

    We walk to and from school and church. By walking whenever we can instead of using a vehicle we are being kind to the atmosphere.

    We switch off electrical appliances, for example: lights, when they are not needed.

    We have our own vegetable garden. By growing as much of our own food as we can, we are cutting down on the transport of food to us. This helps reduce carbon emissions into the environment. There is also less waste (decaying food puts carbon back into the environment) and no packaging is used for the vegetables we grow ourselves.

Privacy versus Promotion

by Elaine Herbert on 02/07/18

In this day of instant images intended to pluck at the heart strings and encourage a generous and desperately needed influx of donations, it is often suggested that we tell the first hand story of one of our children accompanied by photos of the child. We have very real reasons for not doing so and we just have to hope and pray that the general story of loss for the children and our dependence on the kindness of strangers will enable our work to continue.

Children are placed at Mants'ase because they have been traumatised and while they are at Mants'ase we want our children to feel secure in their surroundings. If they don't feel secure, they don't thrive.

Not all the children have been traumatised in the same way. Some people find it difficult to understand that to be orphaned is traumatic for a child. Other children have been abused – sexually, physically and/or psychologically. Some children are at Mants'ase because their parent/guardian is serving a prison sentence. Some have been abandoned or, for any number of reasons, their families can't give them a home.

A child may find it very difficult to cope with the fact that their parent/guardian is in prison because of testimony that they gave at a trial. They may blame themselves for what has happened and not the person who abused them.

Facebook, for example, is very popular in Lesotho and most people in the bigger centres have facebook on their phones. We truly appreciate the support that many of our Basotho followers give us but unfortunately, there are also a lot of trolls. The children will never feel secure if they are worried about what they can or can't talk about.

So to sum up, we can't always cater to what we imagine will grab the attention and sympathy of potential donors by sharing our children's personal stories, and so increase donations. We have to put the children's welfare above all else and so we depend on people to view the overall work that we do and to understand that each and every child in our care has their own very personal and private story.

Thank you Nedbank

by Elaine Herbert on 12/23/17

Thank you so much to Nedbank Lesotho for their visit on the 19th December, for providing a new outfit of clothing for each of our children for Christmas, for their gifts of toys and for providing a delicious lunch for the children. We appreciate!

Below is the speech given by Mr. Pheta Setlojoane, Head of Legal and Governance on behalf of the MD Nedbank Lesotho at the Christmas Clothing Handover to Mants’ase Children’s Home.

Presentation by Mr Pheta Setlojoane

"His Majesty King Letsie III, The Right Honourable The Prime Minister, The Honourable President of the Senate, The Honourable Speaker of the National Assembly, The Honourable Deputy Prime Minister, His Majesty’s Cabinet, The Board, Management Committee, and staff and children of Mants’ase Children’s’ Home, Management and staff from Nedbank Lesotho, Distinguished members of the Media, and invited guests; please allow me to say, All Protocol Observed.

I stand here on behalf of the Board, MD, management and staff of Nedbank Lesotho to present clothing and gifts to the children of Mants’ase Children’s Home to help celebrate this wonderful season of Christmas. This is in part to also commemorate the 20 years of Nedbank being a part of the Lesotho history. We trust these gifts will bring cheer and joy to the children. I know that even as adults each one of us is looking forward to receiving something at this time just as a token of love and appreciation; how much more to the children.

As Nedbank, we have a long and fruitful relationship with Mants’ase going back over many years. So it is only befitting that on our 20th anniversary we celebrate with you given the long and cordial relationship we have enjoyed over the past years. Mants’ase is well known for its consistent quality work as an NGO working with destitute and vulnerable children through providing residential care here at the home as well as assisting to reunite children where possible with, their own families. This is a noble work which we are pleased to support as Nedbank Lesotho. The donation we are giving today is but part of our ongoing corporate social investment programmes and our commitment as a local corporate citizen to doing good for the people we serve and the communities in which we operate.  It is also a way of giving back and saying thank you to the Mohale’s Hoek communities and Basotho from all walks of life who have supported us over the past 20 years. 

In closing, I would like to extend my thanks to the Patron of Mants’ase Children’s Home, Her Majesty the Queen, the Mants’ase Board of Trustees, management team, donors, and volunteers who continue to give of their time, skills, and resources to promote the well-being of destitute children by providing a loving, stable home environment, meeting education and nutrition needs of the children, and also strengthening the local community and family structures. May I also use this opportunity to wish everyone here and the nation at large a wonderful and safe Christmas and holiday season.

Kea leboha bo Mme le bo Ntate."



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