THE Lesotho Electricity Company (LEC) yesterday handed over a M80 000 worth of electricity units to five orphanages under the auspices of the Hlokomela Bana Trust.
The units were split to M16 000 each for the five orphanages consisting of God’s Love Centre from Sekamaneng, St Leo Makhoathi Orphanage from Makhoathi, St Paul’s School for the Deaf from Leribe, Kananelo Home for the Deaf and Dumb from Buasono and Phelisanang Centre for the Disabled from Pitseng.
Addressing the gathering during the handover ceremony at St Leo Primary School, LEC General Manager on Cooperative Services Ben Masoabi said as a utility service provider, they took to heart the needs of the nation and vulnerable groups in society.
“While our core responsibility is to provide electricity to the public, we also have a social responsibility programme to address the community’s needs such as assisting orphanages or other vulnerable communities,” Mr Masoabi said, adding the M16 000 worth of electricity were meant to ensure a year’s supply of the commodity.
“A hand that gives is more blessed than the one that receives, hence we will continue to ensure the needy and destitute members of society receive the much-needed assistance through the Queen’s Trust.”
In her remarks, Hlokomela Bana Trust Fund representative, Mabataung Mokhathali, said Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso had two trust funds – the Queen’s Trust Fund and Hlokomela Bana – with the former focusing on children’s school fees, uniforms and books while the latter was a general fund catering for various children’s needs.
Ms Mokhathali lauded LEC for the gesture, saying the electricity would assist special needs children who were either deaf, dumb or blind.
For her part, St Leo Primary School teacher and caregiver Theresia Thabeli said the electricity would go a long way in ensuring the children’s advancement.
“This electricity is going to help us a lot, because it benefits the children’s education and general wellbeing,” she said.
“We are going to use the electricity as intended by our benefactors, and I need to tell you that looking after these children is not easy. But through God we manage.”