The Mophato oa Mants'ase Society
The Interact Club from Our Lady of Fatima School in Durban, South Africa contacted us in March and asked if we were willing to let them work with us in support of Mantsase Childrens Home. Interact is Rotary Internationals service club for young people ages 12 to 18 and one of their portfolios is International Understanding, IU.
The girls of Fatima IU were planning a trip to Lesotho in order to do outreach in a neighboring country and when we accepted their offer of help we had no idea how much they could achieve. We were amazed at how much they achieved!
They had written to ask what supplies we needed and we received regular updates about their initiatives and the work they did in order to collect a very generous variety of donations for our children and, to name only some of their gifts, our children each received an age appropriate gift pack of a new school bag, new school shoes and stationery supplies; new clothing including sleepwear and underwear; gifts of toys, soccer balls, board games and puzzles; as well as books, toiletries and sweets.
On the 20th November, ahead of their visit, a truck arrived in Mohales Hoek packed full of donations. Among the donations were also second hand toys, clothes and bedding in good condition; toiletries; groceries; stationery; and 50 new blankets. And there were 4 new tyres for our vehicle!
Fatima IU kindly agreed to our sharing some of these donations with other NGOs that care for children in the Mohales Hoek district as the clothes, toiletries, sweets and toys were a lot more than sufficient for our childrens needs. Thank you for allowing us to share.
Monday the 25th November had been marked on our calendar for months and it was a lovely afternoon. The girls from Fatima IU had gone shopping for Mantsase Childrens Home in Mafeteng and brought with them a very generous donation of groceries and cleaning materials for the Home. We were also given every opportunity to relax as the Interact Club provided lunch, sausages cooked over an open fire and served with bread rolls and tomato sauce. Perfect! Sweets, chips and cool drinks were shared and there was music and time to dance before the girls of Fatima IU gave our children their individual gifts.
A tremendous amount of thought and care had gone into the selection and packing of these special gifts. They were beautifully presented and each item was perfect for the child to whom it was given.
Thank you so much Fatima IU and God bless you all! We are amazed at all that you achieved and are very grateful for your extraordinary kindness and generosity.
On the 21/22 November they helped raise funds for Mantsase at the RTL Spendenmarathon and some of this funding will be used to build new, simple, functional and larger buildings at Mantsase Childrens Home. Thank you so much!
With 53 television channels and 28 radio stations in ten countries, the Luxembourg-based RTL Group not only broadcasts news and entertainment, it heightens awareness of important issues around the world, supports good causes and raises huge sums of money each year for charity.
One of RTLs charitable Foundations, RTL Wir helfen kindern, supports children in need and over the past 17 years, from 1996 to 2012, more than 110 million euros has been donated to the Foundation by RTL Television viewers during the RTL Spendenmarathon, an annual twenty-four hour marathon fund raising event.
Twenty-four hours of celebrity auctions, stunts and record-breaking activities are given a full day of programming built around live, hourly visits to the telethon studio. In the past RTL Television has also donated a portion of the advertising proceeds on the night and, as RTL Television covers all administration costs, every cent raised has gone directly to selected childrens projects around the world.
We were so happy to receive an invitation to Msizi Africas Celebration Day 2013, held on Sunday the 10th. It was great to meet up again with the children of Testimony (the Testimony Charity Association) and despite a power outage for the whole day, there was music, entertainment and a delicious lunch was served.
The Mohales Hoek Urban Council made the venue available free of charge, PSI Lesotho was on hand to offer free HIV/AIDS testing and counselling at their tent, and the Ministry of Health also had a tent where free de-worming tablets were available for the children.
The children all took part in providing the days entertainment. Each group had been practicing their act all week and their singing and dancing was excellent! A group of three comedians then had us all in stitches laughing. The children were enthralled by their antics and magic tricks and, all too soon, the day had simply flown by.
Thank you so much Msizi, we had a lovely, lovely day!
The Umckaloabo Stiftung has regularly sent funds to help us pay core expenses at Mantsase Childrens Home and we are so happy and grateful to hear that they are going to continue this funding for the Home next year.
Core funding is very important for our sustainability and we thank the Umckaloabo Stiftung for everything they have done and continue to do for the children of Mantsase.
Thank you so much!
As activists we inspire others with our actions. It is in this context that we use the word activist to include donors, fundraisers, supporters, in fact everyone who is actively helping us raise funds for the children of Mantsase by:
- Sending donations
- Spreading the word about what we do: Language options we can offer through GivenGain include English, French, German and Afrikaans
- Creating and managing fundraising projects: Be it a coin collection, giving up gifts for your Birthday, taking part in an organized event like a marathon or walk, even something more ambitious. Activists can have innovative ideas!
If you like what we are doing at Mantsase, are older than 16 and accept the terms, you can take action today as you become an Activist for The Mophato oa Mantsase Society by creating your own Activist Page at:
GivenGain for Activists
Creating an Activist Page is free.
GivenGain.com is an Internet platform that works well in Lesotho and offers a whole range of tools and services including facilitating online giving. This makes it easy for activists in countries around the world to collect and submit donations while keeping everyone updated about their progress.
To all who assist Mantsase in so many ways and to those who create an Activist Page, thank you so much!
Every now and then something lifts our spirits and makes our day so much brighter!
Thank you so much to August Milberg and to his classmates in Germany who gave from their pocket money for the children of Mantsase. The money you sent is going to be used for a special Sunday treat.
August is the son of Axel and Judith Milberg and he and his fellow students sent their donations in a beautifully signed envelope for which we also thank them very much.God bless you all and we hope that you too have a wonderful day!
At the 2011 Annual General Meeting of the Mophato oa Mantsase Society there was no fanfare when Dr Charles Makhube made a quiet remark.
Ten years, he said. Some smiled but there was no time to
reminisce as the meeting was called back to order.
During the 1990s Mantsase Childrens Home was largely financed and managed by international aid agencies. In 1999 this assistance was abruptly withdrawn due to circumstances beyond Lesothos borders and the staff were given 30 days notice. Essentially this would have left the children to care for themselves, but the staff did not abandon the children and when professional and business people in near-by Mohales Hoek were approached and asked to help they responded.
First they prioritized. As a group of concerned citizens they first provided food, clothing and loving care for the children, then got to the business of establishing a new Board of Trustees, which they did in 2001.
Board members donate their time and only have some control over when their time will be needed. Meetings can be scheduled, when a child will be ill cannot. Board members can be contacted at any time of the day or night, and on any day of the year. They have families and demanding day jobs, yet there are those who keep on working for the Children, for the Home and the Society, year in and year out.
Have you ever imagined pushing a loaded wheelbarrow over rough terrain, while at the same time helping to push another wheelbarrow? And can you imagine doing this every day of the year?
By standing for election Board members lay themselves open to criticism and an endless stream of advice. Much of the criticism is constructive and the advice well meant, but at times it must be difficult to cope with. When they are irritable I think about wheelbarrows and I have wondered, apart from being Board members, what else do they have in common?
They share the same core values and aims. They have a fixed anchor of guiding principles and they are able to abide. I do not want to underestimate the importance of change, but I reckon the Boards endurance lies in knowing what not to change. And I salute them.
Mbeu, (a TshiVenda word meaning seed), is the name of the AfriSam programme through which employees can become active participants in giving back to the community.
As part of the Mbeu initiative, five
employees of AfriSam took part in the Moshoeshoe Walk held in March this year.
Each employee who completed the walk earned a M2,500 donation for Mantsase
Childrens Home, the donations being made from the AfriSam Corporate Social
In this way employees contributed their personal time and efforts towards raising funds for Mantsase Childrens Home, Mr Thato Tsuene, Country Manager, AfriSam Lesotho, explained.
The Moshoeshoe Walk (Menkhoaneng to Thaba-Bosiu), is an organized historical walk first held in 2007 and now an annual event. The 116km 3 day walk retraces the journey of King Moshoeshoe I and it has been described as the toughest saunter.
I would say it is tough! Those participating in the walk not only have to negotiate treacherously steep climbs into and out of gorges, and tackle steep mountain passes, they also need to be able to cope with the high altitudes of Lesotho. And all five AfriSam employees completed the walk!
On Thursday the 16th May, at a celebratory gathering at Mantsase Childrens Home, we were honoured to receive a cheque for M12,500 from AfriSam, as well as a beautifully framed photograph taken on the Walk. It was extra special that some of those who had completed the Walk on behalf of Mantsase Childrens Home were able to be at the celebrations, and take part in handing over the cheque and photograph. Thank you so much! And thank you to our children who provided the entertainment, you sang and danced beautifully, and your skit was thoroughly entertaining.
Thank you so much to AfriSam and to those who participated in the Moshoeshoe Walk on behalf of Mantsase Childrens Home. This generous donation will help further our mission of providing sanctuary for orphaned and vulnerable children.
Walking in the Clouds by: Darol Howes
The small childrens dormitory was repainted and decorated, one of the exterior walls of the main block has been repainted, and the playground wall has also received a new coat of paint. Thank you Msizi Africa for your sponsorship and thank you so much to Lucy, Helen and Carol for all you hard work helping to get these projects completed.
And our kitchen and dining room have been tiled and repainted, a project we have been saving for for a long time. Thank you Sentebale, Msizi Africa and St. James s Place Foundation for your generous contributions which made it possible to go ahead with this project - and a big, big Thank You to everyone who contributed!
We appreciate each ones help enormously.
We hear that in London the sun has finally come out after a very long winter, and that Jinny Blom and her team are working hard to build a most beautiful garden for the centenary RHS Chelsea Flower Show. As we watch for news of Ginnys progress with keen interest we are also reminded of the important role Sentebale has played at Mantsase, helping us to care for the children entrusted to us.
It can be incredibly difficult to source funding for day-to-day expenses, staff salaries for example; in-service training for staff and volunteers; as well as for essential repairs and other overhead/administration costs. We would find it very difficult indeed to cope without the quarterly grant we receive from Sentebale and we are very grateful for these regular, faithful, contributions.
We also appreciate very much the extra funds we received from Sentebale this year, funds that enabled us to do some essential repairs; buy new bed sheets for all the dormitories as well as more blankets, duvet inners, duvet covers and pillow cases for the teenage boys and girls dormitories; kitchen utensils, including new pots; and new table cloths for the dining room.
Sentebales generous contribution also tipped the scales, so to speak, making it possible for us to go ahead with the renovation of the kitchen and dining room, a project we had been saving for for a long time.
The B&Q Sentebale Forget-Me-Not Garden is inspired by traditional features of Lesotho, in particular, the repetitive circular motif found in the landscape, buildings, hats and blankets here, and Jinny and her team are hoping to express not only the beauty and rich culture of Lesotho, but also the inaccessibility and fragility of our country.
Thank you Jinny and to all who are involved in helping you and thank you so much Sentebale!