The Mophato oa Mants'ase Society
Thank you very much to our New Zealand based friends Trilogy for their donation to the Mophato oa Mant’sase Society!
This organic skincare company recently visited Lesotho for business purposes and visited Mants’ase informally. After traveling back to New Zealand they surprised us with a very generous donation.
Even more importantly, they indicated that the donation is unrestricted!
Most of the funding we receive is restricted to those costs and expenses the sponsor is willing to cater for. Because these decisions are often made many months before this money is spent, we frequently find ourselves in a situation where the funds we have cannot be used to cover all costs, or certain necessities are then neglected.
While restricted funding will continue to be a very important and major source of funding for the Home, relying too heavily on restricted funding leaves us financially vulnerable, particularly when situations and/or expenses arise that could not have been planned for.
Unrestricted funds are essential for our sustainability and we are very grateful to Trilogy for demonstrating their trust in our ability to use their donation wisely by contributing generously to our unrestricted funds.
Our most sincere gratitude!
In loving memory of
‘Me ‘Makoena Grace Namakau Moshoeshoe
1954 - 2015
I first met Grace in Mohale’s Hoek in 1981 and I soon knew that Grace didn’t often hide her feelings. When Grace was cross with me, she told me so! She was also quick to share joy and to laugh with me. We laughed together a lot and that is how I will always remember her.
Grace served as Chairlady of our Board of Trustees from 2008 to January 2014. Being Chairlady involved a lot more than chairing meetings. Grace would visit the children over weekends and sometimes on a Sunday morning she would drive out to Qhalasi to go to church with them.
Grace knew each child and was always concerned about their health and wellbeing. If one of the children was ill, Grace knew about it and she made sure that that child received the necessary medical treatment.
Grace was born on the 28th July 1954 in Livingstone, Zambia. After completing her secondary education at Choma Secondary School she proceeded to the University Teaching Hospital School of Nursing where she qualified as a Registered Nurse and Midwife. It was while she was studying that Grace met the late Dr David Leboto Moshoeshoe and they later married on the 14th December 1978. After they were married they settled in Maseru where they completed their medical services at government hospitals, then relocated permanently to Mohale’s Hoek to begin their private practice.
Grace continued her education while in Lesotho and qualified as a Nurse Clinician. She was also a fervent Theology student and was in the process of completing her studies.
Affectionately known as Mimi to those close to her, Grace contributed to the Mohale’s Hoek community in many ways and in her later years served at St Stephen’s Anglican Church as a Lay Minister.
Grace died in her sleep on the 20th September 2015 and leaves behind her children Koena, Koenane David (DJ), the twins Mary-Anne and Elizabeth, and her granddaughter Lehakoe. To you all, our sincere condolences and thank you so much for asking our children to take part in Grace’s funeral service.
Our children chose Psalm 121:
"I look to the mountains; where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth."
‘Me ‘Makoena will be remembered with much love at Mants’ase Children’s Home.
Robala ka Khotso Grace.
On the 12th September the tombstones for Nthabeleng Kibe and Tebello Machona and the memorial in memory of all four children who so tragically drowned last year, were unveiled.
The service and ceremony also marked the end of our official year of mourning.
We celebrated the lives of Nthabeleng, Mpho, Tebello and Reitumetse in the certain knowledge that they are with God and that we will never forget them. Then we opened a new chapter in our lives, and in the the life of Mants’ase Children’s Home.
Thank you so much to Msizi Africa for your generous funding which covered all the day’s expenses, including the cost of the tombstones and memorial. We appreciate this very much!
To all those who came and who helped and supported us at the unveiling, thank you, and thank you so much to those who have supported us in so many ways since the day of the tragedy. God bless you!
We are humbled. We are truly grateful. And we look forward to the future.
AGM 2015 General Manager’s Report
By: Fifi Mphako 16th August 2015
The Mophato oa Mants’ase Society is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation.
The aims of the Society 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.
As at the 31st July 2015:
- The Society is assisting 15 families who are supporting 32 children.
- 42 children are accommodated at Mants’ase Children’s Home, 23 boys and 19 girls. 21 are double orphans, 8 are single orphans and 13 are vulnerable for other reasons. 7 of the children are HIV Positive and 2 have special needs.
- The Society employs 13 full-time staff and is assisted by a part-time social worker who provides counselling for all the children residing at Mants’ase Children’s Home.
Mants’ase Children’s Home
Although our hearts were broken by the September 13th tragedy, Mants’ase Children’s Home has been blessed in its accomplishments between January 2014 and July 2015.
We strive to meet all our children’s needs; food and nutrition, shelter and care, protection, health care, education and skills training, and to provide psychosocial support to all children residing at the Home, and we are very grateful for the continued support that we have received.
In consultation with a nutritionist the Home menu was revised. We now have a cost effective and rotating monthly menu and there has been a great improvement in the children’s BMI.
Eight children were reunited with their families and three more will be reunited with their families in December when schools close.
Old buildings that were derelict were demolished, new buildings constructed, some of the existing rooms were renovated, and general maintenance work was done.
The school going children achieved a 100% pass rate at the end of the 2014 school year.
And we enjoyed several events, including hosting visits from Prince Seeiso, Prince Harry and the Sentebale team, a wonderful Christmas party sponsored and hosted by our corporate sponsors, and a holiday weekend at Malealea.
The Mants’ase Community Assistance Programme (CAP) was launched in March 2014 and is providing assistance to 15 families who are supporting 32 children. These children achieved a 100% pass rate at the end of the 2014 school year and also did well in recent mid-term examinations.
Little Babes Montessori School provides preschool education for 20 children from the village, most of whom live with their grandparents as their parents have left home to look for jobs.
Community activities were also hosted at Mants’ase, including a nutrition and hygiene workshop that was attended by ladies from the community.
The Mophato oa Mants’ase Society is committed to building and strengthening partnerships with the Government, NGO’s, donors and the public sector to ensure responses that are in the best interests of the child and meet the children’s basic needs.
The Mophao oa Mants’ase Society wishes to thank all those who continue to provide support for our vulnerable and very beautiful children, and for our work in the community. For the financial support we have received, and for the many services and gifts donated in kind, we are very grateful. To all those who have assisted us in caring for our children, thank you so much!
Below are some of the benefactors who have provided support:
The Umckaloabo Stiftung
RTL – vir helfen kindern
The Rosehip Company
The Jandrell Group
The Anglican Church
The Anglican Mother’s Union
Econet and the Higher Life Foundation
Lesotho Flour Mills
AGM 2015 Chairman’s Report
by: Mr Herman Nieuwoudt 16th August 2015
Since our last AGM, the Children’s Home has experienced some of the biggest highlights in the history of the Home but unfortunately also some of the worst.
On September 13th 2014 our lives were irrevocably changed with the accidental drowning of four of our children.
As Chairman I felt the weight of this incident heavy on my shoulders. How does anyone deal with something like this? However over the following days the very best of human nature surfaced.
I will never forget the community members who stayed through the Saturday night at the dam, the huge presence of people on the Sunday and all the subsequent support. It is easy to highlight a visit from our Patron Her Majesty the Queen but I value our neighbours who came to wash the clothing as much.
All the children have received trauma counselling and Fifi will highlight our efforts to prevent a similar incident.
I believe the Home has come out of this tragedy stronger, with a bond that cannot be broken. On September 12th we will be unveiling the tombstones and I am formally inviting everyone to this function.
However the Home has also been very blessed this year. Everyone will notice our new buildings. We were able to meet our immediate needs and when those where met we were able to extend a helping hand to our immediate community outside of the Home.
Our community assistance program is funded by the Umckaloabo Foundation. Not only are we able to connect in this way with our neighbours but we are also teaching the children at the Home not to be victims but also how to be a donor yourself.
I want to make a special comment about EFS Construction for their excellent work done on the repairs of the existing buildings. They did this work within time and at cost. They even repaired some work done incorrectly by other contractors.
Due to the attention given to education our children achieved a 100% pass rate at the end of last year.
We were able to reunite children with their families and take in some that were destitute.
Some of our children were able to graduate and leave Mants’ase.
To date our biggest remaining challenge is the successful exit of the young adults from the Home.
Financially Mants’ase is doing well, however we are working hard at securing appropriate funding going into the New Year.
The Board has taken the view that we should be careful of getting involved in projects to generate funds, which could lead us away from our core function of caring for vulnerable and orphaned children. Instead we have focused on securing funding for this very core task and it is my opinion that we have been successful in this strategy.
Restricted funding has always been a problem but we have been able to make great strides in this regard. Unrestricted funding is only possible if there is great trust from the side of the donor that the funds will be appropriately managed and accounted for. Building this trust takes a huge effort. To this end I want to thank all involved with the reporting and their honest actions.
I am happy to report that our local donors have really increased their support. We are always very grateful for our overseas donors but we also believe in taking care of our own and various local companies have come on board.
I am happy to commend our staff and the managers for the good work done. Fifi, well done. We have also welcomed Ntate Bokang Lipholo who has acted as Assistant Manager since March. Ntate Bokang is providing not only increased educational support but also a loving father figure to the children.
I especially want to commend our Housemothers. You are often not thanked enough but you are the very core of Mants’ase and the reason our children are well cared for.
I want to thank the Board members of Mants’ase for their selfless labour. I want to single out Ms Elaine Herbert who is doing a huge job.
A bit later there will be an opportunity for us to vote a new Board and I want to warn the nominees that this decision should not be taken lightly and caries a heavy duty to the children. It will cost you your time and even your money.
But .. This is your opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child.
I want to keep my report short as Mme Fifi has a much more detailed report.
Khotso, Pula, Nala
We are so pleased to share with you the news that a photograph taken at Mants'ase Children's Home will be included in an exhibition in Washington, DC
Leigh Vogel has been selected as one of the featured photojournalists in the Women Photojournalists of Washington's 2015 Annual Juried Photography Exhibition to be shown at FotoWeekDC from the 7th to the 15th November.
Sisters at Mants'ase Children's Home in Mohale's Hoek, Lesotho, are assisted by a house mother as they prepare to walk to school.
Congratulations Leigh, this is awesome!
The exhibition is being sponsored by the National Geographic Society and will later tour universities across the United States.
We first had contact with Leigh in 2011 through Connect4Climate, a World Bank initiative raising awareness about climate change issues around the world, and we were very happy to welcome Leigh when she visited Mants’ase earlier this year.
We are looking forward to Leigh’s next visit and are very grateful to her for helping us raise funds for Mants'ase Children's Home.
“If compassion were found in a camera, Leigh Vogel would be holding it. Speaking to this driven photographer, I could easily tell that her heart was as big as her talent. From the lands of Africa to the steps of the White House, she has captured some of the most poignant and compelling images - anywhere.” Uriah Young: Questions for the Driven
The Board of Trustees
16th August 2015
Her Majesty Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso
The Anglican Church
Mr Herman Nieuwoudt
Mrs Gladys McPherson
Mr Bill Herbert
Ms Elaine Herbert
Mrs Catherine Nieuwoudt
Mr Thesele Leshota
Mr Geoff McPherson
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 Mohale’s Hoek)
N O T I C E
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, 16 August 2015 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.
Thank you so much to Matt and Taryn Dresch who, as part of their marriage celebration, sponsored New Year celebrations at Mants’ase Children’s Home. Thank you for sponsoring the New Year’s Eve party as well as New Year’s Day lunch. Both were thoroughly enjoyed!
Matt is Msizi Africa’s Treasurer and we have so much to thank Msizi Africa for. But at New Year we were thinking especially of Matt and Taryn.
Congratulations! We wish you every happiness together in the years ahead, and we made sure that 2015 received a very good welcome!
To our friends in Lesotho and from around the world, thank you for your Christmas cards, messages, donations, gifts and for your loving, kind wishes. We thank you all so much!
Thank you to our corporate sponsors for the Christmas Party they hosted at Mants'ase on the 11th of December, getting our Christmas holidays off to a good start.
Thank you to the Mothers’ Union from St John’s Anglican Parish in Mafeteng who visited Mants’ase Children’s Home on the 12th December. Thank you for the time you spent with us, sharing and celebrating the message of Christmas. Thank you for worshiping with us, for your support, for your generous donation, and for the sweets and treats you brought for the children and staff to enjoy at Christmas. We really appreciate all you do for the children of Mants’ase and sincerely value the moral support you give to our Housemothers.
And thank you to Mr Thato Tsuene, Country Manager, AfriSam Lesotho, who also visited Mants’ase Children’s Home on December the 12th and delivered AfriSam’s very generous gift of food, toiletries and cleaning materials. This was a lovely surprise and a wonderful Christmas present! Thanks to your generosity we did very little grocery shopping for the rest of December and as many of the supplies you gave us lasted well into 2015, in the new year we were able to spend considerably less on groceries each week, for a number weeks.
Thank you to Lucy Herron who sent several DVDs so that the children and staff could enjoy regular movie nights during the school holidays, and thank you to Wendy Rudd who sent Christmas parcels too. A protracted postal strike in South Africa delayed the arrival of Wendy’s parcels but when they did arrive it was like Christmas all over again!
Thank you to the Umckaloabo Stiftung who sponsored our Christmas shopping. A gift of a new outfit of clothing was purchased for each of our children and, in collaboration with the Mants’ase Community Assistance Programme (also funded by the Umckaloabo Stiftung) our Christmas shopping included the purchase of extra groceries for Christmas day so that the children and staff could invite friends to Christmas Dinner. Most of the children invited school friends and after church, together with their friends, and neighbours and friends from the village, a very happy gathering and a delicious Christmas Dinner were thoroughly enjoyed!
Thank you to Heart for Children International for their generous Christmas donation, given for a special treat for our children. It took a while to get the treat organised (the logistics were challenging) but we set out on the 10th of April for a wonderful weekend trip to Malealea. Thank you to Heart for Children International for consenting to our using their donation in this way, and thank you so much to Malealea Lodge for their wonderful hospitality and for the very generous discounts they gave, without which the trip would have been impossible.
And a very special thank you to the staff at Mants’ase Children’s Home. We appreciate, so much, the loving care you give to our children and thank those who worked extra, long hours over the holidays.
Thank you all so very much!
God bless you all.