MASERU — Lewis Stores, one of the country’s biggest furniture chain stores, last week donated furniture worth M100 000 to the SOS children’s village.
The hand-over ceremony was held at Lewis Stores, at Metcash Building in Maseru.
SOS children’s village is a non-profit organisation that takes care of about 100 disadvantaged children. Lewis’s Maseru regional manager, Leutsoa Lentsoenyane, said the donation was part of the company’s efforts to give back to the community.
“In recent years we have donated furniture in other districts to different organisations such as schools and those who take care of vulnerable children” Lentsoenyane said.
Lewis opened its first branch in Lesotho 29 years ago. Lentsoenyane said last year Lewis donated goods worth M50 000 to the SOS children’s village.
He said the company has also donated desks to Fobane Secondary School, Mathokoane Secondary School and Maputsoe Primary School.
The donation to SOS included fridges, carpets, heaters and other household items. Project Director of SOS Lesotho, Robert T`seuoa, said he was overwhelmed by the donation from Lewis adding that the furniture will help improve the lives of children at the centre.
“We depend on donations from companies and good Samaritans. We have an international network that help us financially and otherwise to take care of the children,” T`seuoa said.
He said Lewis has helped them in many ways, since they have supplied them with good furniture which will be enough for all the 100 children under their care.