LRCS CELEBRATES MENSTURAL HYGYIEN DAY AT TELE PRIMARY SCHOOL

LRCS CELEBRATES MENSTURAL HYGYIEN DAY AT TELE PRIMARY SCHOOL

As part of a DREF district-based launch in Quthing, on Tuesday the 28th May 2024 Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) in collaboration with Lesotho Mounted Police Services (LMPS) through Child and Gender Protection Unit (CGPU) and Ministry of Health commemorated menstrual hygiene day at Tele primary School.

Children were sensitised on issues of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights and Menstrual Hygiene Management, Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Climate change. 20 girls from Tele Primary school were gifted hygiene packages comprising of bath soap, roll-on, sanitary towels, petroleum jelly, shoe polish, toothpaste and washing powder to help keep clean during their menstrual period.

Mrs. Thinyane from the ministry of health emphasised on the importance of hygiene during menstrual period. She also urged the male students to support the girls and not humiliate them because that lowers their self esteem and some end up skipping school to avoid humiliation.

Inspector Morongoe Makaliana from CGPU advised the children to report sexual exploitation and abuse that affects them and their communities. She stated the importance of reporting so that the survivors can receive appropriate health services, support and justice be served for them.

The Disaster Management officer for LRCS Miss Sbongile Hlubi added that the disposal of used sanitary towels also play a big part in climate change, she urged with the students to dispose the sanitary towels as they were told to minimize the effects of climate change.

This activity was supported by International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) through Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) and was the continuation of response to the storm surge that occurred in December 2023 in Quthing and Maseru

ABOUT LRCS NEW YOUTH PRESIDENT

ABOUT LRCS NEW YOUTH PRESIDENT

Ts’okoliso Abraham Mothibeli, hailing from Metolong, Thaba-Bosiu, Maseru, emerges as a dynamic and focused
youth leader. While pursuing a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Business Management, he has been bestowed with the honour of being elected as the Youth President of the Lesotho Red Cross Society, marking the onset of a four year term dedicated to deliver humanitarian services. Concurrently, he assumes the role of Pan African Internet Governance Youth Ambassador, exemplifying his commitment to global engagement and technological
advancement.


In 2019, Ts’okoliso seized the opportunity to represent the Lesotho Red Cross on the global stage as a youth
delegate at the RCRC General Assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland. This experience laid the foundation for his subsequent endeavours, notably in 2022, when he returned to the General Assembly in Geneva to advocate for climate issues from the perspective of African youth.
His leadership trajectory began as the Divisional Youth Chairperson of the Maseru Red Cross Division, where he exhibited remarkable dedication and organizational prowess. Subsequently, he ascended to the role of vice
president within the National Youth Executive Committee (NYEC), further solidifying his position as a prominent
figure in youth leadership and advocacy within Lesotho and beyond.

MOKHOTLONG DIVISION CELEBRATES WORLD RED CROSS DAY

As we commemorate World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, the Mokhotlong Division has undertaken initiatives such as cleaning campaigns and distributing clothing and hygiene packs to infants born on this day from Mokhotlong Hospital.
Volunteers from the Mokhotlong Division collaborate to clean the surroundings of the divisional office, aiming to strengthen measures against the adverse effects of climate change. Additionally, the division has provided aid packages to infants identified as belonging to vulnerable household.
Sr. Mothibi, representing Mokhotlong Hospital, while receiving the package on behalf of the household, has expressed gratitude for these initiatives, expressing a desire for continued support from the Red Cross.
The core of this commemoration lies in acknowledging the dedication and hard work of Red Cross volunteers, particularly in crisis situations and in their assistance to vulnerable communities.
This activity took place in Mokhotlong town and hospital.#WeKeepHumanityAlive
NEW SECRETARY GENERAL’S VIEW

NEW SECRETARY GENERAL’S VIEW

As I assume the role of the SG from the 01st May, 2024, I want to reflect on the task ahead of me during this term of office.

I take this opportunity to thank the Lesotho Red Cross leadership/NEC for assigning me to manage the affairs of the National Society and see the 2023-2027 Strategic Plan being implemented. I come to the helm of this National Society when there are many challenges facing the world, especially the Humanitarian Sector. It is therefore an honor for me to realize that the leadership has put its trust on me to take it through these adversities the NS is facing.

Our NS has numerous challenges including the declining volunteer base where we see the lowest entity of the NS which are branches fading. Many people are not sure what is the role of today’s Lesotho Red Cross. We are therefore duty bound to resuscitate the branches and ensure we recruit fit-for-purpose volunteers who  understand the mandate of Red Cross.

Our NS is facing financial challenges as the donor space continues to shrink. It is my duty to expand our resource base by attracting partners that see value in working with us. We are currently improving our property assets and we hope to diversify our income streams by being self-reliant. We are in critical conversations with different Partner National Societies and we now have British Red Cross on board. We will soon sign an MOU with the Spanish Red Cross and later in the year we will be talking with the Chinese Red Cross. These partnerships are meant to reinforce our capabilities and efforts to serve our communities.

Our NS is now in talks with the Government of Lesotho to enter into a cooperation arrangement and strengthen our auxiliary role. We intend to strengthen our relationship with specific departments in the areas of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Education, Health, Food Security, Climate Change and Social Welfare. It is my role to lead these conversations and turn them into practical partnerships with such government departments. We plan to fully engage with our Patrons and ensure we deliver to their expectations.

Our NS is undergoing a realignment process where we seek to balance the 2023-2027 Strategic demands and the skill sets of our human capital. This is a sensitive process and we are partnering with International Federation of Red Cross to support the NS to diligently see this process through. The outcome of this process is a relevant NS in the humanitarian sector with skilled staff to deliver the necessary interventions to the communities.

Being a team leader of a diverse organization like LRCS is a mammoth task and I look forward to the support of my colleagues, the volunteers, the members, the leadership in the form of Branches, Divisions and National Committees, partners, IFRC and government of Lesotho to assist me to deliver on the mandate of the 2023-2027 Strategic intends.

I remain the servant of Basotho.

Yours sincerely,

Sechaba Mokhameleli- the New LRCS SG.

LRCS LAUNCHES DREF PROJECT

LRCS LAUNCHES DREF PROJECT

Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) in collaboration with Disaster Management Authority (DMA) launched a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) project at LRCS headquarters in Maseru on Tuesday 30th April 2024. The purpose of the launch was to assist over 150 households affected by heavy rains that occurred in December 2023 in Maseru and Quthing with what is cash and voucher assistance.

When officially opening the launch, the acting Secretary General of LRCS Mr. Sechaba Mokhameleli outlined that LRCS is the government’s right-hand man when it comes to disaster management hence LRCS had to take charge. He further stated that usually response to disasters happens in a 72-hour period, but since it was late in December and offices had closed for the holidays, it took longer than expected.   Mr Mokhameleli pointed out that this launch does not mean its only now that LRCS is helping the victims; rather, the victims had already been assisted with psychosocial support and food parcels with support from the DMA.

“This is where the victims will be rewarded cash for them to meet their needs. Cash and voucher assistance will be used through service providers such as Vodacom with their Mpesa and Econet with their Ecocash. Also, there is a contract to ensure that stipends really do buy necessary equipment.” Mr. Mokhameleli stated.

Miss Bongie, a delegate from International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) told the audience what the IFRC is and why it helped LRCS in this time of need. She alliterated that the IFRC is meant to support its delegate societies through mobilisation of resource. Furthermore, she stated that the IFRC plans to be proactive in order to prepare for disasters before they occur.

The President of the LRCS Mr. Hareteke Nkhetsé notified the audience that the LRCS is always the first to arrive at a disaster site and the last to go. The president through the help of the finance team, illustrated how this system is to operate and even went as far as completing a transaction where 58 families received the stipends. In his closing remarks, the president showed that this is what LRCS is all about; lending a helping hand.

ABOUT LRCS YOUTH PRESIDENT (PHEKO PHERA)

ABOUT LRCS YOUTH PRESIDENT (PHEKO PHERA)

Pheko Phera is a driven and motivated individual hailing from Mafeteng, and he is the founder of Lesotho
Mountain Venture. His objective is to promote nature, physical fitness, therapy, and advocate for climate change
awareness. With 15 years of professional experience in community development, he currently serves as the
national youth president at Lesotho Red Cross, where he has led the organization’s transformation over the last
two years, ensuring accountability, effectiveness, and results-driven approaches.

Since 2000, Pheko has collaborated with various youth groups and civil society organizations in Lesotho, as well as engaged with the international community in leadership, community development, and conflict management. He has worked with London’s Skillshare office in Lesotho, collaborated with JHPIEGO leading community education teams on sexual and reproductive health, and partnered with the Lesotho office of Sentebale on children counseling. Pheko has volunteered in Russia, Sweden, and Norway on community development missions, acquiring a Diploma in Street Mediation course in Norway.

Additionally, he is the founder of Whitehorse Communications, a consulting leadership organization aimed at
impacting Basotho youth and adults to improve their lives through self-determination and self-understanding.
Pheko has also worked as a play therapist for SOS Children for four years, conducted street mediation contracts in Lesotho and Zimbabwe, and attended international meetings such as the Pan African Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, and SAPRCS meetings in Namibia, Botswana, and Eswatini. Moreover, he has organized four leadership seminars in Lesotho