MASERU — Local beauties, some of whom were entrants for the Face of Lesotho
2013/2014, visited God is Love Centre in Naledi on Thursday to spend time with orphans. The ladies brought along clothes which put smiles on the little faces, Face
of Lesotho 2012/2013, Bongiswa Hesman, told XpressPeople at the event.
“Christmas is the time of giving and sharing, so as beauty queens we found
it fit to raise the destitute children’s spirits.
“Although we believe this is not enough, we are hoping God will help us do more next time. “It is our responsibility to do a bit of community service and today we have
come here to spread the love.
“I have always loved helping the needy even before I attained this crown and I
am not intending to stop anytime soon. I am part of organisations like Red Gross
that deal will needy children.”
The children were very excited to receive their Christmas gifts and they sang songs of appreciation.
Also speaking at the event, the founder of God is Love children’s Home, ‘Maneo
Motantsi, expressed appreciation on behalf of the children.
“No words can express our feelings; we are so grateful!
“We struggle to get going as we do not have enough to cater for all the children.
“It was never my idea to start this home but I believe it was God’s calling.
“I enjoyed spending time with the children to the extent that people thought
I would never have my own, but I have two.”
God is Love Centre was established in 2000 when Durham Link donated the
premises that house the orphanage. It only has six caretakers and takes
care of 55 children starting from babies as young as just a few weeks old. The
centre can keep orphans up to adulthood.
Most of the children were brought there by the department of social welfare so as the police. It faces a lot of challenges like access to basic necessities. The beds are not enough to accommodate all children as some end up sleeping on the floor.
School fees are another problem as the home now has seven children who have
just completed the primary school and need to go to high school.
Some German Samaritans donated a container which serves as a crèche for the
Motantsi added: “Although the children have different behavioural characters, I treat them like my own because I love them all.
“One other problem we face is that it is difficult to get them birth certificates
as we do not know the families of most of them.
“We stay here with them until they finish school and can start a living so they
can help others,” she said.