A total of 40 vulnerable students of Lesia Primary School in Maseru received fully packages School Uninform as per their individual needs, during the recent Corporate Social Responsibility event hosted by the School.
The beneficiaries received school shoes, uniforms, jerseys, shirts, and socks as a donation by the Road Fund, and as part of its commitment to be a responsible corporate citizen through giving back to the communities.
Speaking at the occasion, the Public Relations Manager Mrs. Phumla Moleko said that the Fund feels proud to help so many children with their school needs, “We know this is not enough, there are more children who are still in need but we are happy for the contribution we made and hope it will change the lives of the vulnerable children,” she added.
She expressed hope that the assistance will go a long way to ensure that vulnerable children are not discriminated against, because normally when the child is without school uniform, they tend to have low self-esteem and unable to perform well in the classroom.
When accepting the gifts, the Lesia Primary School Principal, Mrs. Ntšitile Manamolela said the school is proud and happy with the gifts, adding that no donor has ever given the children a complete uniform set, most donors usually give shoes only, but Road Fund has met the school uniform needs of to each of the 40 children.
Mrs. Manamolela said the gifts were highly appreciated and wished that Road Fund would have the ability to donate more gifts to other children who are less fortunate and change their lives for the better.
“We are glad that you were responsive to the Minister’s request to help vulnerable children because lack of uniform remains a huge challenge in this school as most of the parents are not working while other work in factories and do not have enough money to buy uniform. You have indeed changed their lives and therefore may God grand you more,” said Sir Lebona Ramakabatane on behalf of the teachers.
The children we very happy as they welcomed Road Fund Officers with happy songs and thankful poems, they demonstrated a lot of appreciation for the what the Road Fund has done to improve their lives.
The donation was part of the Road Fund Corporate Social Responsibility Programme, and also as a response to the call by the Ministry of Education and Training’s Back to School Campaign, where they requested government agencies to contribute to the welfare of vulnerable helping children in schools.