Hand of Hope remembers the vulnerable

KELEBOHILE PHOLOSI

MASERU – Hand of Hope Home Lesotho, a charity organisation, last Friday donated food to homeless and vulnerable adults together children at Ha Mafafa. People become homeless for different reasons.

In a country like Lesotho with an unemployment rate of 24.6 percent, many fail to pay rent and lose their homes, family members disown some, while others may be fleeing domestic violence or relationship breakdowns.

Hand of Hope Home Lesotho assists vulnerable adults, orphans and traumatised children from domestic violence. This non-profit organisation provides assistance in the form of funds, donations of clothes, food, scholarships to the Basotho youth and medical assistance to the vulnerable.

“The organisation has been operating in Ghana and Lesotho is the second African country where it has been investing in the well-being of homeless people. It has been active for nine months now and has had six events where they donated food and clothes, volunteered in house chores and gardening,” the organisation’s chairperson, Limpho Mabote, said

She said as an independent charity organisation, they raise their own funds mainly through a membership subscription of M50.00 and other contributions here and there. They hopefully look to the public to help them reach their goal by being part of the organisation, donating to worldremit and dropping off donations such as food, clothes, shoes, etc., at their office which is based at Khubetsoana Boinyatso, Maseru.

They however have been through various challenges. Founder of Hand of Hope Home Lesotho, Seidu Kassum, said funding may be short but they have been going from door to door and food chain stores for sponsorships and they are hoping to get responses. He said their office is open for partnerships and sponsorships. The organisation has sealed an agreement with Trans-Africa Life Insurance Lesotho.

Nthabiseng Majara, a member of this organisation, said her journey in volunteering has never been easy as some people do not see their vision and it has been difficult to actually make people see what they want to achieve. It has been emotional too as they have seen different people with different needs. However, she is happy that their organisation now has media exposure therefore people will see what they do and there will be more donations.

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