Thursday, November 20, 2014

Food Crisis Christmas Appeal

This year has been incredibly difficult for our 330 clients in Mokhotlong and Thaba Tseka. Failed harvests and a late rainy season have left them in dire need of seeds, bumper food packages & access to medical care. We are currently overwhelmed by the number of people needing our help and our resources cannot be stretched to cover them all. Please, give the gift of life this Christmas by sending us a small donation which will go directly towards buying more maize meal, seeds and protein-rich food for our clients. 

On August 30th 2014, the General Lieutenant of the army led a military coup against the Prime Minister of Lesotho. Ongoing problems (contained to the political elite) have devastated the productivity and efficiency of local services. The Department of Agriculture, Food Security and Public Health have crumbled in the highlands, leaving NGOs like TTL to pick up the slack. Without the Departments' help to cultivate land (the use of combine harvesters, tractors, ploughs etc) people have been unable to harvest crops this season. We are doing everything we can to help our clients access food, whilst taking on new clients daily. Therefore, your gift will go directly to feeding a child not only at Christmas but until the next harvest season. 

Please help us to continue to save lives, one child at a time.

Thank you, bless you and Merry Christmas.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Rea leboha Gem Diamonds!

TTL's MD with District Education Secretary,
CEO of Gem Diamonds, Director of Sentebale,
District Administrator, Prince Seeiso,
UNICEF Representative &Minister of Health, 
On November 12th, Touching Tiny Lives and our partners Sentebale hosted a fantastic event at the Mokhotlong Hotel to show our combined appreciation for a generous donation by Gem Diamonds. We were very honoured to have the pleasure of hosting Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, Dr Pinkie Manamolela- Minister of Health, Ms Mazvi Maharasoa- CEO of Gem Diamonds, Mr Motsamai Mokoto- Mokhotlong District Administrator, Representatives from the Ministry of Education, Health Officials from Mokhotlong Hospital, The Child Protection Officer of the Lesotho Police Headquarters and group of honoured guests from Sentebale at the event.

Minister of Health and Prince Seeiso listening to
TTL's MD explain what we do at TTL
Dr Pinkie learns about our
ECD and nutrition schedules
The food crisis in Lesotho continues to reach unprecedented heights, causing many of our clients to suffer gravely from late harvests and lack of food. But Gem Diamonds' donation has brought hope to Mokhotlong and Thaba-Tseka. With their help, TTL has added extra maize meal to our Outreach food packages and provided the necessary health care to help the children and families through this tough time. Outreach has also been able to to launch our 'Needs for Seeds' initiative, distributing packages of cabbage, carrots, spinach and squash seeds to each TTL client family. Along with providing some direction on how best to use the land available for a garden, our Outreach staff will collaborate with the Lesotho District Ministry of Agriculture in Mokhotlong to make sure families are receiving information on proper planting techniques.  

Prince Seeiso captivates the audience
TTL was thrilled to have our guests visit our campus in Mokhotlong camp town in order to see the many ways in which the generous donation from Gem Diamonds will help local children and families. A tour of the Safe Home and some play time with the kids was a highlight of the day. 

Minister of Health meets the children
and Bo'm'e of the Safe Home

We want to express our gratitude to Gem Diamonds for assisting us to help save lives, one child at a time.