LETSHEGO Financial Solutions (LFS) yesterday donated books, dining tables and chairs to St Paul School for the Blind in Leribe.
The gesture was in response to a fire that gutted the school’s dormitory and destroyed mattresses, furniture and a television set among other valuable goods.
According to the school’s Principal, Mpho Sefale, while no one was hurt during the inferno, a lot of infrastructure was destroyed.
The handover ceremony was attended by Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso who was representing her charity Hlokomela Bana Foundation (HBF).
On behalf of LFS Chief Executive Officer ‘Malehlohonolo Van Tonder, the company’s Chief Operations Officer, Beauty Dipuo Mmolotsi, said they were committed to extending a helping hand to vulnerable groups in the community.
“Letshego Financial Solutions is a financial services provider which currently operates in nine African countries with our headquarters located in Botswana,” said Ms Mmolotsi.
“Our business here is not limited to offering Basotho financial solutions since we have also made it a priority to assist vulnerable groups, such as children, in the communities that support our business.”
She said the humanitarian initiatives were not just confined to St Paul School for the Blind but would be extend to other needy causes across the country.
“Plans are already in place to ensure that our outreach programmes are not undertaken in one place but all the country’s 10 districts,” Ms Mmolotsi noted.
“Our corporate social responsibility initiatives have this year benefitted such places as the Resource Centre for the Blind in Maseru and Good Shepherd Home for Teenage Mothers in Sehlabeng. We are committed to extending a helping hand to needy causes around the country.”
In her remarks, Queen ‘Masenate Mohato lauded the initiative by LFS, urging other corporates to follow suit by assisting vulnerable members of the community.
“I want to thank Letshego for being an inspiration to the teachers of these children who have dedicated themselves to enhancing education in such difficult circumstances. I hope more corporates would also extend a helping hand to assist the needy,” Her Majesty said.
“Since the HIV/AIDS prevalence is high in the country, we are faced with the immense challenge of caring for children who are left behind in the event that their parents fall ill or die. These days, we witness a lot of child-headed families.”
Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso said she was elated when LFS approached HBF seeking a partnership in the initiative.
“We are happy for the joint venture which aims to improve the livelihoods of children and ensuring their success for a bright future,” said Her Majesty.
“It is our responsibility to ensure that children are loved, their needs are taken care of and that they grow up to replicate the care and warmth they would have grown up receiving.”