Mamohato Children’s Centre breaking ground
On Thursday 10th April, Her Majesty Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso and Prince Seeiso attended the breaking of the ground of the Mamohato Children’s Centre on the sacred plot of land at the foot of Thaba-Boisu in Lesotho.
His Majesty King Letsie III kindly gifted the site to Sentebale to build the ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre – a centre that will provide emotional and psychological support to children currently affected by HIV/AIDS. The centre will act as a flagship for all of Sentebale’s work with vulnerable children in Lesotho, including orphans, children living with HIV those with disabilities and herd boys who tend livestock in the remote highlands.
Over the last year, Sentebale has drawn support from around the globe to raise funds to build the Mamohato Children’s Centre. Her Majesty attended the occasion and spoke on behalf of Prince Seeiso’s brother, His Majesty King Letsie III. Queen Masenate thanked Sentebale for naming the centre after the late Queen Mamohato – who was committed to helping vulnerable children in Lesotho and thanked Sentebale for ensuring her legacy with this marginalized group of children continues giving them a healthy, happy and hopeful future.
Her Majesty said; “Please continue your commendable work to improve the wellbeing of vulnerable Basotho children; your efforts have not gone unnoticed.”
Ministers of Health and Social Development attended the event, along with the Principle Chief of Thaba-Bosiu, who described how how the sacred land at Thaba-Bosiu has protected Basotho kings and chiefs in the past and now will protect future generations of children. A young man from the local high school spoke in English describing the occasion as “really awesome!”
Her Majesty announced that the development is authorized by law and building can commence.
Sentebale has partnered with HRH The Prince of Wales’s, Princes Foundation for Building Community to use their expertise in delivering a sustainable development that allows for a marked improvement in quality of life. www.princes-foundation.org.
The centre will allow Sentebale to increase the number of vulnerable children supported in Lesotho and will serve as a centre of excellence for expansion into other Southern African.