MASERU-Not even the pouring rain could spoil the jovial mood at St. Angela Center for the Disabled as the kids received their belated Christmas food from former a duo of good Samaritans.
Former Maseru City Town Clerk Mr Moeko Maboee and the Land Administration Authority Director General ’Masekhantšo Makhele-Sekhantšo in their personal capacities, took some time off their busy schedules to be with the disabled kids at St. Angela Center in Ha Abia, Maseru.
Mr Maboee whose tenure came to end earlier this month, said he had always wanted to help the center, mainly with fixing the Abia road as it hampers their movement because of their disability, but due to some red tapes and other procedures he has failed to actualize his dream, hence the decision to reach out and donate the food.
“It takes a village to raise a child and this is our responsibility to help take care of these kids from time to time. We really do need to help them realize their dreams because who knows, tomorrow one of them might just be a prime minister,” said Mr Maboee.
On the other hand Makhele- Sekhantšo said they are already working on self-sustainable projects for the disabled kids.
“We believe in teaching them how to catch the fish by helping them grow their projects so that they can be dependent and self reliable. Once they are dependent, this means even their self-esteem will be boosted.
“Now that we have assessed the kids’ needs, we promise to go out and mobilize aid from our friends in Lesotho and in the international community. With this little gesture, we feel quite fulfilled as it comes from the bottom of our hearts and we believe it’s not how much we have spent but it’s the thought that counts,” said Makhele- Sekhantšo.
For her part Sr. ’Mamokotjo Mokoteli who is the care taker of the center said they were grateful for the gift of love they had received from both Ms Makhele Sekhantšo and Mr Maboee. She said they had seen the need to have the kids empowered in different aspects of life as this also helps them enhance their self-esteem.
“We would really want them to be empowered and know how to do things for themselves, and we have also seen the need to have computers as this will help them with their studies during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are therefore calling upon all those who might help to assist us with more computers.”
Ms Itumeleng Mphatsi, who is the special education teacher outlined some educational challenges where she said some of the kids are slow learners, but their teachers don’t realize that problem. “I then have to chip in and make them some flash cards to help them understand things better.
“It is therefore very important for the Education ministry to work together with us and find what needs to be covered when dealing with disabled kids in order to make things easier for them.”