The Mophato oa Mants'ase Society

The Mophato oa Mants'ase Society

Thank you AfriSam!

by Elaine Herbert on 05/18/13

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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 Responsibility budget.

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

Recent Renovations - Thank You

by Elaine Herbert on 05/09/13

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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.

Thank you Sentebale!

by Elaine Herbert on 05/06/13

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!

As winter approaches

by Elaine Herbert on 05/06/13

Although we have enjoyed a week of glorious late autumn weather, our preparations for winter have not slowed down. All too soon there will be snow falls, followed by freezing winds from snow-capped mountains and while extra blankets and warm clothing are being unpacked, we are also acutely conscious of statistics that show us that children are more likely to suffer from accidental burns during the bitterly cold winter months.

Last winter air conditioning units and smoke detectors were installed in the four dormitories, after which the use of open flame heating in any of the dormitories, whether paraffin or gas stoves/heaters, or any other open flame, was banned.

You may well ask, why air conditioning? Are there no cheaper alternatives, ones that are just as safe as air con? The answer is that there are cheaper alternatives but radiators and ceramic tile heaters, for example, need a certain amount of wall space to be safely installed and we just do not have sufficient wall space between the doors, beds and built-in cupboards in the dormitories for these to be viable options at the moment. And the use of the air conditioners is strictly controlled, not least of all by the fact that we purchase pre-paid electricity and everybody knows that when its finished, its finished.

Your next question may be, why so many doors? And the answer is, primarily, fire escape exits. It required some building alterations, but before the air conditioning units were installed we made sure that every dormitory has at least one escape exit that leads directly outside, as well as alternate exits nearby, and that the house mothers, (who sleep in the dormitories with the children), took part in many fire drills together with the children.

We know that not every accident can be prevented, but as we notice the days shortening there is much checking going on: Have the fire extinguishers been serviced and refilled? Have the smoke detectors been tested, and when should their batteries be changed? When last was there a fire drill? Does everybody know the correct first aid for burns? When last was the insurance policy checked? And each question leads to another question.

Please remember our children in your prayers this winter, ask that they be kept safe, happy and warm, no matter what the weather.

2013 Chairperson's Address by Mrs Grace Moshoeshoe

by Elaine Herbert on 04/29/13

Mophato oa Mantsase

2013 Chairpersons Address by Mrs Grace Moshoeshoe

Thank you to all of you for taking time to come and attend our Annual General Meeting. I am aware that you have made a special effort by putting your work aside in order to be here, therefore your presence at our Home is really very special to us and you are all welcome.

Mophato oa Mantsase is a charitable organization founded by an Anglican priest, Father Patrick Maekane in 1978 and essentially provides sanctuary for orphans and vulnerable children at Mantsase Childrens Home, a very special place to us and to you.

We are all concerned about our children, whether biological or otherwise and because the children are the future adults of Lesotho, it is the responsibility of every adult to lend a hand and ensure the healthy growth and wellbeing of all our children.

Mantsase Childrens Home Profile

Currently there are 43 children at Mantsase Childrens Home, 23 boys and 20 girls and their ages range from 3 to 18 years old.

The goals of the Home are to provide a family atmosphere for the children; to meet their physical and educational needs; to provide psychosocial support and keep them as much a part of their Basotho culture as possible.

The Home has a Board of Trustees, (business men and women from Mohales Hoek, medical practitioners, donors and a representative from Social Development), a Manager, Social Worker, four Care Workers (our Housemothers), two assistant Care Workers and three Gardeners.

Our Objectives

  • To ensure that children are protected and that their wellbeing is maintained.
  • To provide an excellent support centre for the relief of orphans and vulnerable children.
  • To provide a temporary, safe home with a Christian family atmosphere for orphans and vulnerable children, furthermore not alienating them from the community.
  • To ensure children reunite with their families wherever possible.
  • To conduct outreach programs; to provide support, administer relief and kindred charitable projects for the benefit of the under marginalized in our community.
  • To prepare and equip children with knowledge to be responsible adults and significant contributors to their communities.

Donors and Partners

As a charitable organization Mantsase depends on donations from various agencies of Good Will to keep the Home afloat and to manage it. We wish to thank all our donors, and for the donations made in kind, we greatly appreciate. THANK YOU for supporting our children and building a brighter future for them.

Message from the Chairperson to the Staff

Thank you for the wonderful work you are doing at the Home, caring for the children. Continue working hard as always, I appreciate each one of you.

Message from the Chairperson to the Board

You have been a great team to work with. You have offered your time with no complaints. Without you I would not have managed to be a Chairperson. You are an asset to Mantsase Childrens Home, please continue your good work as community builders, your efforts and time have not gone unnoticed and each one of you contributed so much. I will always remain grateful to you as you have taught me so much and made me a better human being.

Thank you and Thank You to every on present here and remain blessed.

2013 Manager's Report: Mants'ase Children's Home

by Elaine Herbert on 04/29/13

Mantsase Childrens Home

2013 Managers Annual Report: by Fifi Mphako

The key areas of work for the Home entail domains essential for child development and care:

  • A stable home environment
  • Adequate shelter and care
  • Food and nutrition
  • Quality education and life skills training
  • Child and legal protection
  • Psychosocial support
  • Quality health care services

The beneficiaries at the Home are:

  • Orphans
  • Neglected or abandoned children
  • Children with special needs and without families
  • Children who are victims of abuse

Achievements

Mantsase has sustained its priority of providing a stable home environment for orphans and vulnerable children. We progress in collaboration with other organizations, government ministries and our partners to reach our vision which is: Building a brighter future for our children. Below are some of the positive successes accomplished over the year.

Food and nutrition

  • We managed to ensure that meals provided to 50 children have all the nutrients necessary to produce energy as well as build the body and resist disease, and this resulted in improved monthly routine BMI evaluations.
  • Purchased kitchen utensils and table cloths.
  • Produced fresh fruit and vegetables from our garden.
  • Ensured child participation in both the garden and kitchen.

Home renovations

  • Built three more toilets (pit latrines).
  • Tiled and painted the kitchen and dining room.
  • Repainted and decorated the small childrens dormitory.
  • Painted one of the exterior walls of the main block.
  • Plastered the exterior walls of the original buildings, with the exception of the front walls which were re-plastered with traditional mud plastering and decorations.
  • Constructed a new bore hole (well) for improved water supply.
  • Installed smoke detectors in the dormitories to alert the children and staff in case of fire.
  • Renovated the playground: Rebuilt the wall separating the playground and garden areas, built a basketball/netball court, assembled the log swings and see-saws, repainted the slides and purchased an antique car that the children love playing in.
  • With the childrens help, painted the new wall separating the playground and garden areas.
  • Installed air conditioners in the four dormitories.
  • Purchased blankets, duvet inners, duvet covers and pillow cases for the teenage boys and girls dormitories, and sheets for all the dormitories.
  • With the childrens help, painted a Welcome mural at the entrance to the Home.

Legal/Child protection

  • The children and staff attended a workshop about human trafficking hosted by C.G.P.U.
  • Formulated a child protection policy for the Home.
  • Drafted an exit strategy for the children, incorporating life skills training and the fostering of adult independence.
  • Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Social Development.
  • Ensured that each child has a birth certificate.
  • Acquired passports for 18 children and submitted applications for passports for a further 25 children.
  • Gathered more information about the children and updated 17 files.
  • Repaired the fence and installed a new gate.
  • Formed a parents committee for the preschool children which includes the Chief, the local councillor, district social worker, the house mothers and parents from the community.

Health care services

  • Children on ART treatment were taken for routine check-ups and were also provided with TB prophylaxis.
  • Girls of nine years and older were inoculated for cervical cancer.
  • A four year old girl received a polio vaccine.
  • A physically disabled teenage boy received Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy.
  • Children who got sick were taken to the clinic and provided with medication.
  • Essential medicines and first aid supplies were purchased.
  • Revised our HIV/AIDS policy.
  • Children were given deworming tablets.

Psychosocial support

  • Six children have been reunited with their families and four children had conduct sessions with their families during the holidays, however they will only be reunited with their families when the relationship between a child and his/her family has been fully observed and assessed, and found to be adequate and conductive.
  • Five children who are older than eighteen have left the Home, two are employed and two are still at school.
  • Prearranged counselling for children.
  • A teenage boy was taken to a child psychologist for therapy after it was discovered that he needed assistance; he is showing a lot of improvement.
  • Conducted home visits for 17 children.
  • Ensured proper functioning of the childrens committee.
  • Routine community work by the children (over weekends the children visit the elderly and help them to clean their houses, to do laundry, to do gardening, to cook for them and to draw water) as part of community integration and development.

Education and training

  • The staff attended a two day workshop on sensitization and awareness of childrens rights and what is expected of them in terms of their respective duties at the Home.
  • The children went on school trips to Liphofung and Muela, and the Morija Art and Cultural Festival.
  • Two preschool children graduated and are now in Class One.
  • Secondary school children attended a workshop on Child Protection and the Welfare Act 2011.
  • All the children were provided with school uniforms and school bags.
  • Ten newly admitted children were registered at school.

Constraints

The Home has been gratified and blessed in its achievements, however it has encountered a few constraints it its itinerary over the year; below are some of our current challenges:

  • Heavy storms that ruined our crops, hence we had to purchase more fruit and vegetables than usual. The storms also destroyed the thatch roofing of one of the rooms.
  • The government, through the Ministry of Education and Training, declined our applications for education bursaries for 12 of our Secondary School students because we could not produce death certificates for both parents; these are impossible to get.
  • We are experiencing continuous stealing of food from our fields and garden, and the fence is constantly being cut down.
  • The new bore hole (well) has resulted in much improved water pressure but some of the solar geysers are now constantly leaking, even after they have been repaired.

Events

  • The children had a visit from the Royal Family on the Kings Birthday, to celebrate this commendable day with the children.
  • The Home had a visit from the Honourable Minister of Social Development who came to spend time interacting with the children and staff.
  • The children from the Home, together with those from support groups in the district were invited to a Sports Day were they competed in various games and medals were awarded to the winners of each event. The children were also given the privilege of holding an Olympic torch from London.
  • The children and staff spent a day at the Maseru Carnival.
  • The children had an inter-house competition, building geography puzzles, (the earth, the map of Africa, a city, a tropical rain forest).
  • On Christmas day the children had a party and each was given a present.
  • On New Years Eve the children hosted a mock wedding together with friends and children from support groups in the district.
  • On New Years Day the children had a braai (BBQ) at the Home.
  • The children, staff and some of our sponsors had an afternoon tea party at the new playground to celebrate the good work the children had done, helping to paint and decorate walls, including making photograph collages and hanging them on the walls.
  • The Board Members, staff, benefactors, volunteers and children had a Sunday afternoon braai (BBQ).

Plans for 2013/2014

Continue with essential responsibilities and objectives

  • Provide a temporary, safe and loving Home with a Christian family atmosphere for our children; furthermore not alienating them from the community.
  • Ensure that children reunite with their families wherever possible.
  • Ensure acceptable child survival and development.
  • Ensure our children receive psychosocial support.
  • Continue from time to time updating policies and regulations that govern the Home.
  • Revise our outreach program.
  • Carry on with home maintenance.

Training/workshops for staff

  • Child development and care
  • Nutrition and hygiene Management
  • Psychosocial support
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Child and human rights and responsibilities

Life skills training for children

  • Career guidance
  • Reproductive health
  • Peer pressure
  • Response to death and dying (grief)
  • Laws and child protection (Childrens rights)
  • Acceptance and honesty
  • Values and morals (ethics)

Childrens Committee training

  • To educate staff on childrens rights and responsibilities.
  • To educate other children at the Home on their rights and responsibilities.
  • To continue to help the elderly and less privileged in the community.

Improving education capacity

  • Equip children with reading skills.
  • Involve participation of house mothers in childrens school work.
  • Regular school visits by management and house mothers to consult and assess the childrens school work and participation.
  • To continuously encourage children about school work.

Program development and implementation

  • Implement the strategic plan for the exit program; by establishing step-up housing for the older children, where the facilities will be suited to fostering their later adult independence.
  • Guarantee a well-founded resilience system.
  • Periodically update the policies and regulations that govern the Home, adhering to the guidelines from the Ministry of Social Development and the laws of the country.
  • Implement an out-reach program to continue supporting orphans and vulnerable children from the village and neighbouring villages.

Funding proposals and management

  • To continue drafting proposals to Associations, NGOs, companies and to our existing partners to ensure continuous support for our children.
  • Establish a sustainable and skilled income generating project.
  • Continue to keep accountable financial records of incoming funds, expenditure and the bank account balance for the Home, and ensure that money is well managed.

2012-2013 Benefactors

Mantsase Childrens Home wishes to substantially thank all those who have contributed in the development and support of our children in building a brighter future for them; and for all the donations made in kind to the Home, we greatly appreciate.

Acknowledgement Messages

Message from the children to the mothers

We would like to thank our mothers for the love and care they have showed to us even when we give them headaches sometimes. We really appreciate.

Message from the children to the Board

As the children of Mantsase Childrens Home we wish to thank you for the money you give to our mothers to buy us food, clothes, pay school fees and school trips and keeping us here at Home and making it possible for us to go to school, eat and have shelter over our heads.

From your loving daughters and sons

Message from the staff to all benefactors

We as staff wish to acknowledge the generosity of all who have contributed to the home and shared their love with the children, to all of you who have been with us through joyful times and sad times we are grateful for your continued support.

May God continue to Bless you!

2013 Board of Trustees

by Elaine Herbert on 04/27/13

The Board of Trustees

26th April 2013

Patron

Her Majesty Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso

Founder

The Anglican Church

Chairperson

Mrs Grace Moshoeshoe

Vice Chairperson

Mr Herman Nieuwoudt

Treasurer

Mrs Gladys McPherson

Secretary

Mrs Cathy Nieuwoudt

Members

Mrs Mampe Moeletsi

Ms Lucy Caslon

Mrs Malineo Mot'sepe

Mr Teboho Nchaki

Dr Charles Makhube

Mr Thesele Leshota

Mr Bill Herbert

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 Mohales Hoek)

2013 AGM Rescheduled

by Elaine Herbert on 04/22/13

NOTICE

The Annual General Meeting of the Mophato oa Mantsase Society will be held at Mantsase Childrens Home, Mohales Hoek district, on Friday, 26th April 2013 at 10am.

Light refreshments will be served.

The Societys aims are to foster the well being 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 Societys aims and who pays an annual subscription of M5,00 (Five Maloti).

Society Members can pay their annual subscription at the AGM and those who attend the AGM are eligible to vote at the meeting.

What is a Double Orphan?

by Elaine Herbert on 04/10/13

Frequently asked Questions

In Lesotho reference is often made to single and to 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.

In the mid-1990s, as the HIV/AIDS pandemic began leading to the death of millions of parents worldwide and an ever increasing number of children were left growing up without one or more parents, a number of international organizations including UNICEF and UNAIDS adopted a broader definition of the word orphan. A maternal orphan - a child whose mother has died, a paternal orphan - a child whose father has died, and a double orphan - a child who has lost both parents. Then, in order to convey the growing crisis the terminology was again changed and single orphan, (the loss of one parent), and double orphan, (the loss of both parents) are terms in common use today.

The vast majority of orphans in Lesotho live with a surviving parent, grandparent or other family member and rather than focusing only on a childs orphan status, at Mantsase a range of factors are considered when deciding if a child needs our assistance and care. And in our experience the most common factor (in combination with all the other factors) that renders children vulnerable is poverty.

Thank you Kuki Squared

by Elaine Herbert on 03/04/13

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Kuki Squared has sponsored the most delicious cookies for our children.

Not only are these cookies a real treat for the children, we also appreciate the lengths Kuki Squared has gone to to ensure the cookies our children receive have been baked with only the highest quality, all-natural ingredients and that our children receive them in pristine condition.

Thank you so much Kuki Squared!



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