Frequently asked Questions
Why do you need an orphanage?
Mants'ase Children's Home provides both temporary and last resort care for children who have no other safety net. We wholeheartedly support family care but for a few children, and for a number of reasons, this is not possible.
Do you have policies that require you to turn a child away from Mants’ase Children’s Home, for example: because of their age?
We accept boys and girls who are younger than 17 years old, who are from any district in Lesotho and who need our assistance and care. We also do everything we can to ensure siblings are not separated.
Does the Lesotho Government help support orphans and vulnerable children by paying social grants for children?
Yes. Social grants are paid through the Ministry of Social Development. At the moment a child grant is M360.00 per quarter, (which works out to M120.00 per month).
What is a Double Orphan?
In Lesotho reference is often made to single and double orphans. In this context a single orphan is a child who has one living parent, while a double orphan does not have a surviving parent.
Do all the children at Mants'ase Children's Home have HIV/AIDS?
No. Some of the children have HIV/AIDS. We care for vulnerable children and do all we can to protect them from neglect, abuse and the deprivation of their basic needs. Each child is an individual and their circumstances are not all the same. (The children's personal records are confidential.)
Why have you built a sick-bay at the Home?
Children who have HIV/AIDS are susceptible to opportunistic infections. ARV treatment combined with good nutrition and good hygiene help protect them and our sick-bay allows children who have an infection to be treated at home, rather than being sent away for treatment in order to protect other children from the risk of infection.
What is symbolised in your logo?
Bubbles, something fun, forming a heart to represent loving care. Mophato is the word for a village where people come together for a special purpose, in our case to care for children, and in the late 1970’s the Principal Chief of Taung gave land for our charity which was named for her, Mants’ase.
Are you planning to build a bigger orphanage?
No. We recently built three new buildings, replacing derelict buildings that had been demolished. As the new buildings are bigger than those they replaced they have enabled us to house more children.
Our targets have never included a bigger orphanage; they have always focused on improving that which we are already doing. However the HIV/AIDS epidemic that has swept Lesotho has placed us in a complex situation as the need for a place of safety and caring for vulnerable children is greater than ever before and there are no easy answers. We meet regularly with other NGOs who support vulnerable children in our community, learning from them and giving practical assistance wherever we can, and they (in consultation with a Social Worker) refer children to us. Although it is possible that we may need to build more housing/facilities before the crisis is over, we don’t have any long-term plans in this regard.
Prince Harry has spent some time at Mants'ase Children's Home, why can't he buy the food?
Lesotho's Prince Seeiso and Britain's Prince Harry are active patrons of Sentebale, a charity established in response to the plight of all Lesotho's orphans and vulnerable children.
Sentebale assists a number of front line NGOs, including Mants'ase as Sentebale sponsors a few of the Children's Home expenses. The remaining expenses, including capital expenditure, repairs and maintenance, emergency expenses, as well as most of the day to day expenses, are funded from donations received from private citizens, businesses and other organizations, all of whom make donations directly to Mophato oa Mants'ase.
Frequently asked Questions about visiting Mants’ase
May I visit Mohpato oa Mants’ase (Mants'ase Children's Home)?
We have always welcomed visitors but please would you contact us before you arrive and tell us about yourself, the reason for your visit and for how long you plan to visit. Should too many people plan to visit at the same time we may have to ask you to re-schedule your visit, and please note that right of admission is reserved. Thank you.
Do I need a passport to cross the border into Lesotho from South Africa?
Yes. Passports are required when crossing the border between Lesotho and South Africa and please remember that not all border posts are open 24 hours a day.
Note: If you need a visa to enter South Africa, and plan to enter Lesotho from South Africa then return to South Africa, please ask your Travel Agent for advice regarding a multiple entry visa for South Africa.
What is the currency in Lesotho?
The loti, (plural: maloti).
The loti is at par with the South African rand and in Lesotho the loti and rand are interchangeable.
Do I need a vehicle with 4 wheel drive to get to Mants’ase?
No, but the last 2 km of road to Mants’ase Children’s Home is in very poor condition at the moment. While 4 wheel drive is not necessary for this stretch of road, it is important that vehicles have good (high) ground clearance.
Also please be aware that the roads in Lesotho are not fenced and that animals do sometimes stray onto the road.
Is there South African cell phone coverage in Lesotho?
No. International roaming works; or one can purchase a starter pack with sim card and pre-paid airtime in Lesotho. If you decide to purchase a starter pack in Lesotho, just be sure your phone is no longer blocked by the cell phone provider from which it was initially purchased, or any other service provider.
Why do you always advise visitors to pack some warm clothing, even in the middle of summer?
We have learnt not to underestimate the changeability of the weather in Lesotho. A common truth is that you can experience all four seasons in one day.
While in Lesotho, where else can I visit, what else can I do?
Whether you go fishing, hiking, camping, rock climbing, pony trekking, biking, 4x4 trekking or bird watching, almost all visitors to Lesotho have enjoyed sight-seeing, and have stated that the scenery and the friendliness of the Basotho made their visit worthwhile.