Standard Bank donates to Queen’s initiative

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HER Majesty Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Bereng Seeiso will celebrate her 42nd birthday on 2 June this year.

To commemorate the event, Standard Lesotho Bank (SLB) yesterday donated M62 000 to Hlokomela Banana project which was established in 2016 by Her Majesty to ensure that every Mosotho girl has access to sanitary towels.

Speaking at the handover ceremony at the Royal Palace in Maseru, SLB’s Head of Business Transformation, Thabiso Tsenki, said the bank was keen to ensure that every girl did not miss a day of schooling due to menstrual periods.

He said that the SLB staff had each contributed M67 which enabled them to raise M31 000. The bank then matched that amount to bring the total to M62 000 which would be used to provide sanitary towels to 1000 school girls in the country’s 10 districts.

“We took it upon ourselves as the bank and staff to join hands and support Her Majesty by adding a touch of blue to the Hlokomela Banana initiative,” Mr Tsenki said, adding that next year the bank would provide even greater support for the Hlokomela Banana campaign.

“This contribution is a gesture of goodwill from the ‘Blue Bank’ as we bring hope to girl children who are the future leaders of our bank and the country as well,” Mr Tsenki said.

For her part, Queen Masenate Bereng Seeiso thanked SLB for their assistance that would enable the project to reach out to every child who could not afford to purchase her own sanitary towels.

Her Majesty said proper sanitary towels restored girls’ dignity and allowed them to take pride in their womanhood.

“The provision of sanitary towels to high school girls is the best gift one can get for a birthday as it contributes to the overall wellbeing of girls in schools and their ability to study effectively. They are also the future leaders of the country,” Her Majesty said.

Her Majesty’s brief bio

Her Majesty is the Matron of the Queen’s National Trust Fund aimed at assisting needy children in terms of high school education. The Fund was established by the late Queen Mother ’Mamohato Bereng Seeiso in 1985.

Many Basotho children have benefitted from this Fund through the payment of their educational costs.

In March 2012, Her Majesty Queen ’Masenate Mohato Bereng Seeiso officially launched the Lesotho Royal Rose, whose proceeds are used to meet the educational needs of the disadvantaged children.

Her Majesty the Queen is also Patron of a number of non-governmental organisations –a majority of which deal with child welfare-related matters for the disabled and care for the elderly, to mention but a few.

Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Bereng Seeiso was born on 2 June 1976 as Anna Karabo Motšoeneng in Mapoteng, Berea district.  She is the eldest child of Ntate Thekiso and ‘Mé ‘Makarabo Motšoeneng.

In 1990, Her Majesty Queen ‘Masenate enrolled at the Machabeng International College where she studied until 1996 before enrolling at the National University of Lesotho in 1997 with a preference of continuing her studies in the field of science. She wanted to be a Pharmacist. Halfway through her second year while pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree, the announcement of their engagement compelled her studies to be put on hold.

Juggling between Her Royal duties, motherhood and school, Her Majesty Queen ‘Masenate finally graduated from Colombia University in the City of New York, USA with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Economics in May, 2011. She also holds a First Aid Certificate from the Red Cross.

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