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.