Bokoro High School outreach
This school is found in Butha-Buthe district of Lesotho. The school has 889 students. Most of the students in this school stay in school’s residents while few of them are from their home daily. Most of them come from far different places, the reason is the fees in this school are cheaper as compared to other schools. The school is growing the vegetables to feed the students and rearing animals.
The outreach was on the 5th March 2016, Saturday. We (Kele and Phillip) arrived at school at 11:00, the students were still in their classrooms for extra classes. Immediately on our arrival, the classes were over so we had to prepare ourselves to start our program. There was such a large number of students so we had to use two classrooms. Philip started with a movie(the bet) in his classroom while I started with a myth busters game in the other classroom. The students enjoyed a game and asked some questions for further clarification. In the meantime Philip was done with the projector,so we prepared to watch the movie ( The bet) about self control. Within the blink of an eye the room was dark for projector use. We preferred to watch a 17 minutes movie since there was more to discuss. The students were so excited to watch the movie that relates more with them as the students. I gave a summary of the movie and asked them questions about self control. Many of them claim that they were not aware of putting self control into a practice, this is caused by peer pressure on their friends and they end up doing bad decisions that they regret after. We further talked about the Joseph story from the Bible ( Genesis 39:6-23) as to explain the elements of self control.
At the end I asked 10 volunteers to participate for a short questionnaire. It was challenging to see their answers saying they have not yet tested for HIV, the reason is they never thought about it /they don’t know where to test.
Moteng is such a big village with many people. This village is along the main road to Mokhotlong district. Lack of jobs and HIV has devastating effects on this village and its future generation. As there are no job opportunities in this village, many people engage in multiple partners to the passersby in order to earn the living. The youth also drop from schools at the high rate as their parents cannot afford to pay for their fees at high schools. Therefore this increases the chances of getting HIV since they also get bored as they have no jobs to keep them busy.
Above all there are so many orphans here and many of them are infected or affected by HIV and AIDS.
Recently, ‘Mapiers Mohapi, lecturer in the faculty of Health Sciences in Department of Nursing at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) indicated that Lesotho is one of the countries, where many men and women indulged in adultery and have multiple sexual partners. (www.informativenews.co.ls). She further pointed out that multiple sexual partners are source of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
On the 29 December 2015 we had the kids and the youth program from Moteng village. The aim of this program was to equip the youth and kids with some skills on values based on behavioral change.We had fun with the kids whereby we read the crocodile in my body book together and explained the basics on how HIV is being transmitted.The kids also enjoyed coloring the pictures in the book. We even played some ball games to explain further to the kids.
Moreover we had the discussion with the youth whereby we talked about the value “self control”. Many of them indicated that they experience failure when they have to apply self control due to peer pressure from friends and relatives , lack of job opportunities and boredom and many more. We read story of Joseph from the bible from the book of Genesis as to explain the elements of self control.
After our discussion one guy shared more about his life. He said he has been graduated from school 3 years back but doesn’t have job and that is putting a lot of pressure on him. He further indicated that he sometimes make some bad decisions as to try to relief himself from pressure but it seem like he is putting more fuel of fire. We prayed together with him and promised to always include him in our personal devotion for God to turnaround him life.
To the end of our program we gave gave the little boys a ball that can keep them busy as
it’s now school holidays. We also handled a ball pump to the local football team that was also among us. We then enjoyed cookies, juice drink and the sweets
Mpatloane is a small village located on the hills of Botha-Bothe district. It is away from the main road about 3 kilometers. There is a primary school, football pitch and the community library in this village. There is a big forest close by the village. The road to this village is very bad and not easily accessible. The people from this village earn the living by farming for their families consumption.
We were so excited to be given the golden opportunity to do the HIV, self-control and behavioral change program in this village with the youth from this village. There were 13 youth. We were welcomed with the open arms. We used the community library to do our program in. The children and the youth were so excited too. We started our program around 12:00.We set our program rolling with the prayer. We played a myth game with the youth and we explained what is true from the myths. We also performed some energizers to make our program more lively. We watched a heartlines movie (The bet ). Moreover we talked about the movie to explain more about self control. We also encouraged them to abstain sex until they get married. We read the story from the Bible ( Genesis 39 : 6 – 23 ) as to explain the elements of self control.
Furthermore I shared a testimony whereby my mother was sick and she tested HIV Positive. My brothers and sisters billed her and talked behind her back. I shared this living testimony in the light to support those who are infected or affected by the HIV and AIDS. I even advised them to stop fighting people with HIV but fight the virus itself. After sharing this they were more relaxed and free. Many of them explained their struggles concerning self control. Their struggles are pressures the youth are facing nowadays in their area that relates with sexuality, self esteem and boredom. All these results into bad choices. We related their struggles to the movie ( The bet) and how the cast overcame their different problems. For instance at the end the of this
movie Biko tells Zan that there are so many good stuff to do so we tried to show them that those things should not be an issue to them.
Our time was over around 1600 hours. We had the final words by the chief. He encouraged the youth to change their life style and to attend such youth meetings. We gave him a thank you present ( key holder ), he accepted it and mumbled a thank you.
REPORT FROM THABA-TSEKA OUTREACH (27/06/2015)
(klik op foto voor meer foto’s, gebruik Google translate om te lezen in Nederlands)
Aren’t the mountains very beautiful in their white blankets of snow? We had the privilege of making our way to Thaba-Tseka on Friday of 26 June 2015. We took our bus as early as 8:30am with Sechaba Tsoana. The bus was moving in a tortoise rate up the mountains of Lesotho, we were very anointed by that. Our joy returned when we were on top of the mountains and having a good view of the white Mountains blanketed with a snow.
We arrived in Thaba-Tseka town at 1400 hours. We were welcomed with open arms by Vincent Voet while his wife was busy in the hospital. He took us with his nice and comfortable car to the other side of Thaba-Tseka district along the way to Katse dam where we were going to meet the Shepherds. We met different groups of Shepherds on the hill side along the road. There were many shepherds on that hill side. They were also with the small boys as the schools are closed for winter holidays.
Furthermore, we shared the word of God together while they were still enjoying the sweets we brought for them. We also gave them megavoices and prayed together. We were all over the moon to enjoy the fellowship together. They were very happy to receive such portable devices and promised to use them wisely. They said that most of them do not know how to read and write therefore megavoices will be very useful for me them to know about the word of God. It was already late so we had to leave to Paray Hospital where we picked Vincent’s wife then we went to the other village but opposite side. It was already dark. We were welcomed in the other village where there is a school for the shepherds. We had the chance to share the word of God with the shepherds and gave them the megavoices. We also prayed with them. We took some pictures with them. It was already late so we had to leave to Vincent’s home at Paray hospital.
When we arrived in the house where we started the fire in the living room and relaxed. We shared some jokes and had fun. We were spoiled with the cookies, snacks and coffee while Voet’s family was still preparing for a nice Dutch meal for dinner. Within the blink of an eye we ate nicely and relaxed. We shared so many experiences after the dinner and Voet’s family gave us the word of encouragement on the work we are doing and they showed that they enjoyed the shepherds outreach very much. We also thanked them a million for their support they showed to us then we had a prayer and went to bed.
We woke in the morning and made our way to Maseru by taxi. Indeed we enjoyed the shepherds ministry and being with Vincent and his wife.
Thank you for the support for making this to happen. May God bless!
A report from Juvenile Training Centre ( JTC ) 4 July 2015
They guys were very happy to see us again in JTC. We met their guards and we were welcomed once again. We went into the hall to sort the toiletries with respect to the boys and girls number. There were 30 boys and 4 girls who were suppose to get the toiletries. The toiletries list was as follows
2. tooth brushes
3. tooth pastes
4. Roll on
6. Petroleum jelly
We had the opening prayer by Sechaba. We then gave them the toiletries as well as the sweets. We also gave them the books (crocodile in my body books) and two movies disc ( Tom Cruise). We gave the books to those who didn’t get them from our previous visit. I also gave them my movies since I normally don’t watch them and told them that they will get their flash loaded with movies soon from Jakob Jan. They were very happy and we’re thankful.
We did let them to watch a clip called money and values. We divided them into small groups whereby we discussed about how to make a good use of money:
-money should not change you
-self control in saving money
-There are more important things than money
-honesty in saving money
Furthermore, we showed them how to use the megavoices as their bosses revealed them this morning. There were over the moon. We gave the megavoices to the guys. We had the closing prayer and left them busy watching the movies we gave them. We then met some of the correctional staff members and they were very thankful for the stuff we gave the guys. One of them (Ms Lepholisa) said that most of the guys admitted at JTC are the double orphans therefore they don’t get the support from the relatives. She indicated that they such children struggle to get their toiletries as the government takes a long time to supply them with. They sometimes contribute their money to help such children.
Terwijl wij terug zijn in Nederland gaat het werk in Lesotho gewoon door. Hierbij een van de vele verslagen die Kele stuurt over de dingen die hij doet.
Report from Juvenile Training Centre (JTC), 20 June 2015. By Kele Mohlomi
We arrived at JTC at 9:00 am. We were welcomed with open arms. We set the ball rolling around 10:00 am. We started our program with the prayer followed by a myth game as our ice breaker. The guys were over to the moon. Furthermore, we showed them the movie (The bet from Heartlines) that is based on self control. After the movie we asked them some questions based on the movie. Due to the openness of the group it took us long with the discussion. In addition to our discussion, I told them about a testimony whereby my mother was sick and she tested HIV. My brothers and sisters billed her and talked behind her back. This living testimony was also a supportive answer from other myths people have such as: if you make friends (no sex involved) with infected person you will get HIV and if you have HIV you will die quickly
We also shared a Joseph’s story from the Bible in Genesis 39:6-7. Towards the end we gave them the ‘Crocodile in my body‘ books. We read the books together. We gave them an assignment to write about anything they will like to share with us when we visit them again. We had such a beautiful time with the guys. We asked any volunteer to lead us in closing prayer. In his prayer he payed for us and Jakob Jan for God to continue giving us wisdom and the strength to visit them time and again. I was deeply touched from his prayer.