LESOTHO RED CROSS SOCIETY MOVE TOWARDS DITIGAL TRANSFORMATION

LESOTHO RED CROSS SOCIETY MOVE TOWARDS DITIGAL TRANSFORMATION

The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is fast moving towards digitizing its data collection  with the aim of  reaching multiple audiences, collect feedback and understanding needs  for humanitarian assistance .

 Lesotho Red Cross Society, therefore, held a four-day assessment workshop on Digital Transformation held from January 30th to 2nd February 2023 in Maseru.

The workshop was attended by staff from head quarts and Divisions with the aim of assessing where the Society is  currently regarding digital transformation.

The workshop had three domains to look into, namely; People, Process and Technology.

According to the facilitator Mr Ted Bolton, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Delegate, the assessment was designed to identify opportunities and priorities for digitally transforming the humanitarian services of National Societies (NS).

He said the assessment guides National Societies in developing a roadmap for digital transformation.

‘It aims at building forth on already existing organizational assets by deploying a holistic approach for a more data and digital-driven organization” he added.

After the intensive assessment exercise, the22 participants  identified areas of high priority and lower priority.

They identified the following as areas of priority; training of staff and volunteers on data,  digital and processes. This will ensure that data of the organisation is mainstreamed and siloed.

 The Society will design a road map after assessing the needs.

The workshop is part of the IFRC Digital Transformation Strategy which priorities investments to improve relevance, speed, quality and resilience and accessibility of humanitarian services to people in need.

LRCS COMPLETE CHLDREN’S CHALLENGES AND RIGHTS VIOLATIONS STUDY FOR UNICEF

LRCS COMPLETE CHLDREN’S CHALLENGES AND RIGHTS VIOLATIONS STUDY FOR UNICEF

Although children have adverse challenges to get education in Lesotho like long distances  to school and bullying they still find schools as safer places to be than home.

This was said by the children during a  UNICEF Lesotho study  whose aim was to identify children’s challenges and violation of their rights as a result of development and humanitarian challenges.

The study was conducted in Mafeteng, Maseru, Mokhotlong and Quthing in  November last year but the  approved report was released this year this year.

According to the Programs Director Mr Sechaba Mokhameleli who led the exercise the exercises targeted children in and out of  school; including herd boys and young Mothers.

The Disaster Management Officer  of LRCS Mr Maine Makula indicated that it was discovered during the exercises that children come across different challenges and bottleneck that dampens their wellbeing and freedom.

The DM Officer revealed that during focus group discussions, children were freely talking about their issues in the absences of community leaders.

 He said the idea of excluding the community leaders was to ensure that the children speak freely about issues that affect them

In addition, the other focus groups included community leaders like the chiefs, councilors and teachers, he said.

According to the participants, it was indicated that both boys and children do not attend school well due to long distances they have to walk to schools and  bullying by  boys looking after animals, while girls deliver food for boys at the field.

“We feel safe at school than at home. Our parents fight in our presence, some of them give us a lot of responsibilities that affect our studying at home. We do not have enough time to play at home. Some of us especially those whose  parents drink alcohol are more troubled because they come home late shouting at everyone in the house, they said”

Children demonstrated that they are not only abused physically, but also emotionally. Lerato Motaung (not her real name) indicated that she lives with her sick mom and stepfather who always refuse to assist with school items such as; uniform, books, and clothes.

“My mother is sick, and I always shout at me when I request school items and other necessities and these gives me a lot of stress. I sometimes think I would be better off with my biological father and his family than with my mother”, she said.

 Lerato says her father may treat well  and accept. She thinks he may be able to  assist with  her needs.

Lerato continued that her mother tells her that her father abandoned her and that wishing to relocate to him she will discover how the family hates her. She told the researchers that her mother constantly tells her how useless she is.

In conclusion, the Programs Director indicated that the study was carried out using different tools that allowed the children to be comfortable to express their issues using five thematic areas; Education, Health, Child protection, Nutrition and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene.

In these consultations, UNICEF observers were present to observe part of the exercises which were carried out. The study was financed by UNICEF Lesotho to the tune of M432 200 Maloti.

LRCS DONATES SEEDS TO TAJANE ON BELALF OF HIS MAJESTY

LRCS DONATES SEEDS TO TAJANE ON BELALF OF HIS MAJESTY

Every year His Majesty King Letsie III marks His birthday by making a difference in lives of the communities in need.

In 2022, His Majesty chose Tajane community in Mafeteng district where forty-five (45) people from Tajane village in Mafeteng received agricultural inputs from Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS). The aim of the donation was to ensure that they community is able to fight climate change.

The items received included watering cans, shade nets and vegetable seeds on January 18th 2023.

When officially handing over the items, Mr. Sechaba Mokhameleli, LRCS  Programs Director said the Society donated the agricultural inputs to His Majesty’s Community Work after He saw the hunger that Basotho are facing. He said His Majesty identifies these communities during His annual walk when celebrating His birthday.

“Today we are here as the Lesotho Red Cross Society to deliver the agricultural inputs on behalf of His Majesty since He will not be present today. The expectation is that after today you will start planting.” Mr. Mokhameleli said.

The Secretary General of LRCS Mr. Kopano Masilo said “I wish to see a difference when we come to Tajane because doing so will motivate and encourage His Majesty that his efforts are taken serious by the community he is assisting. Let us not forget that His Majesty is the UN’s ambassador on nutrition.”

On behalf of the community, Mr. Tau Makhomu urged the beneficiaries that received the agricultural inputs to use them for their intended purpose.

The Chief of Tajane expressed his gratitude to the office of His Majesty and the LRCS for the donations.

 He pleaded with his community to use the skills they were given during a training on Smart Agricultural Techniques to plough the seeds so that their lives can improve.

In addition, the Society had held a three-day training on Smart Agricultural Technique from September 27th to 30th 2022 for the Tajane community. The aim of the training was to prepare the community to use the seeds wisely.

In addition, to the smart agricultural technique training the Society held a Basic First Aid training and Child Protection. The project was funded by International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) to the tune of M75. 000.

HEAVY RAINS DISTROY 21 HOUSEHOLDS IN 3 DISTRICTS

HEAVY RAINS DISTROY 21 HOUSEHOLDS IN 3 DISTRICTS

In response to flood emergency that occurred in 3 districts(Leribe, Quthing and Mohale’s Hoek) in January 2023 that affected 72 people from 21 households, Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) handed over mattresses, blankets, food parcels and dignity kits to the victims from Leribe, Quthing, Mohale’s Hoek on the 27,  and 28 respectively.

Speaking at  Sixondo in the Quthing district at a village called Ha-silase where 22 beneficiaries from 7 households were affected, the President of LRCS Mr. Hareteke Nkhets’e said the main purpose of LRCS is to assist the community where disasters occurred so that people can get back to living their normal lives as they did before the disaster.

“Please note that there are kind hearted people inside and outside Lesotho who ensured that the Society performs its humanitarian role smoothly. This is done through the donation boxes that you see in different shops in the country”. The President said.

He further urged the community of Ha Silase to donate whatever they have in the donation boxes so that the Society can continue helping people affected by disasters. He then concluded by asking the community to form a response team so that whenever disaster occurs they are able to respond promptly and without delay.

The Disaster Management Authority (DMA) officer in Quthing district Ms. Ts’epang Maama said they were at Sixhondo on the 19th January 2023 to guide the community on how to take care of themselves during disasters caused by heavy rains. She, however, added that immediately after the awareness sessions Sixondo was hit by heavy rains.

 “ What happened was beyond everyone’s control, no one anticipated it. Let us make sure that from today on we limit the possibilities of disasters like this from affecting our lives”. Ms. Maama said.

Ms. Maama stated that their office contacted their partners as soon as they heard about what happened in Sixhondo seeking assistance and LRCS was the first to respond.

On behalf of the victims, Mrs. ‘Maleloko Moorosi thanked the Society for the support. She said the flood started at 08:00pm on the 19th January 2023 when they were preparing to go to bed. She said  they lost their clothes, furniture, food and important documents such as bank cards, national identity cards, patient’s booklets and birth certificates.

Mrs. Moorosi further indicated that  as a result of their loss, especially the documents, they are unable to get assistance where they need it.

Mrs. Moorosi explained that children are traumatized by the incidence. She further stated that the storm left them with no food  adding that their children go to bed on  empty stomach. She concluded by thanking the neighbors for their support and love.

Mrs. ‘Marapelang Makhele on behalf of the community thanked the Society and promised the victims that they will continue to support them until they are back on their feet. She  pleaded with the authority to relocate the victims to a safer place since the same incident happened in 1990 where 9 people were washed away by the same river and all died. She explained that only three bodies were recovered  while the other  six are still missing to date.

When closing the event, the chief of Ha Silase Mrs. ‘Mankatseng Tseloa thanked the Society for what it did and urged her community to support each other  before expecting help from outside.

 “ Life is so unpredictable, what happens to me today might happen to you tomorrow, so let us help each other hole heartedly.” She concluded.