MOHALE’S HOEK — Afrisam Lesotho donated a cheque worth M12 500 to Mantšase Children’s Home through its Mbeu initiative on Thursday.
Mbeu is AfriSam’s ongoing employee involvement programme, through which employees can become active participants in the quest to give back to the community.
“Mbeu” is a Tshivenda word meaning seed.
Afrisam country manager, Thato Tshuene, said five employees participated in the Moshoeshoe Walk in March and the company had promised that those who would finish the journey would be rewarded.
“As part of this initiative five employees of Afrisam took part in the legendary Moshoeshoe Walk in March this year,” Tshuene said.
“For each employee who completed the walk an amount of M2 500 was donated from the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) budget,” he said.
“In this way the employees contributed their personal time and efforts towards raising funds for the home,” he added.
The employees chose Mantšase Children’s Home to be the beneficiary of the fund.
Tshuene promised the children that they will visit again to bring them some donations.
“When we came to your home last year we promised that you will see us again and here we are today so we do promise again that we will remember you,” he said.
A representative of the employees, Thabiso Rampeo, said even though the walk from Menkhoaneng to Thaba-Bosiu was not easy they had to make sure that they completed it to get the reward.
“Walking from Menkhoaneng to Thaba-Bosiu was not easy but we had to make sure that we completed it as we wanted to get the reward and give it to an orphanage of our choice,” Rampeo said.
The programme aims to further Afrisam’s mission of building strong foundations in the communities within which the company operates.
The initiative involves staff participation programmes in which employees raise funds for various causes and in some instances, get down to physical labour to assist charity organisations.
The director of Mantšase Children’s Home, Fifi Mphako, thanked the management and staff of Afrisam for donating the money to their home.
“Last year when you were here you promised to come again and today you remembered us again with another gift,” Mphako said.
“Thanks for the sacrifice you made on our behalf as you had mentioned that though the walk from Menkhoaneng to Thaba-Bosiu was not easy, you completed it so that you will get a reward that you dedicated it to us,” she said.
Mantšase Children’s Home was founded in 1982 by the late Pastor Patrick Moekane of the Anglican Church of Lesotho.
The orphanage accommodates children aged between four and 18 years. At present the orphanage has 43 children, 23 boys and 20 girls.
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