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UK church pledges to build orphanage in Leribe



Pascalinah Kabi

A UNITED Kingdom-based church has undertaken to build a “world-class” orphanage in Leribe next year following its leadership’s visit to the district three weeks ago.

Voice of Comfort International senior pastor, Reverend Michael Edwards, led a three-member delegation to Lepoqong Care Givers Centre in Maputsoe where they donated clothes and foodstuffs.

The reverends also paid a courtesy call on Queen ‘Mamohato Bereng Seeiso in Matsieng where they also donated to an orphanage under Her Majesty’s care.

According to Dr Edwards, Voice of Comfort International provides care and advocates for the rights of orphans around the world. He further said the Pentecostal church runs orphanages in London, Israel, Palestine, Nigeria and India, adding Lesotho was their next port of call.

The Lesotho project, Dr Edwards said, would be called ‘Mould the Future Orphanage’, and accommodate a maximum of 100 orphans.

“The vision is to reach out to vulnerable children and orphans in Lesotho by rescuing them from poverty, abuse and other forms of degradation,” he told the Sunday Express in an interview recently.

“Our intention is to provide children between the ages of five and 10, with an opportunity for good education, rehabilitation and re-integration into society as self-sustaining and productive individuals.”

Dr Edwards also said they decided to set up an orphanage in Lesotho after realising the large number of orphans in the country as a result of the high prevalence of HIV. The Mountain Kingdom’s HIV-prevalence of 23 percent is the second highest in the world behind Swaziland’s 26 percent.

“Due to the high HIV prevalence rate in this country, a lot of Basotho children have become orphans, and are deprived of education and other basic services as a result. As a church, we believe that such a situation should not continue to happen,” he said.


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