We had a prayer together with the boys and the girls from JTC. It was such a good time to have the girls in a group as it has been so long that they were not attending our programs. I was doing the program alone. Everybody in a group was asked on what is his or her plans whenever they’re released from JTC. In their replies, many said that they want to go back to school to further their studies. We then read the bible about the parable of the lost son found in the book of Luke ( 15:11-32). I encouraged them to forgive others and ask for forgiveness where they wronged others “forgiving someone is like setting a prisoner free and only to find out you were the one who was a prisoner”.
Furthermore a boy and a girl shared some living testimonies about their lives whereby some different people wronged them and now they have to forgive and forget. The boy said he was a shepherd and worked for his boss, who was working in South Africa and his wife (boss’s wife)
was the one to look after the family at home. She was not good to him to an extend he used to look after the cattle with an empty stomach, sometimes eat once in a day. It was difficult for him, he mentioned. He thought of leaving the work and going back to his family but he remembered what brought him there. Therefore he was patient to stay until he got paid after completing a year, he said. The boy said that he has forgiven her with all of his heart. The girl also shared more about her live where she has forgiven her father who was treating her younger sister who is death badly as their mother already passed away.
We had the closing prayer together, shook hands and said goodbye.
Hlakacha village is in Butha-Buthe district and found in Mochechane constituency. This village is one of the remote areas in Lesotho. The road to this village is not easily accessible and is a gravel one. The people living in this village earn the living by rearing animals and growing crops for home consumption. The working class is very low in this village therefore many people are poor in the village. There is also high literacy rate since the schools are far from the village inspired there is a new primary school in the village.
We had an outreach on Wednesday (5/10 /2016) meant for the youth. The chief from the village had a concern that these people lack knowledge on sexually transmitted diseases as from his records he has an alarming rate of infected people. Many people in this village got married and have so many children. We played a myth busters game. The game showed that many people still do not have enough knowledge about the Sexually transmitted diseases. Moreover the game revealed more information that they still believe is true whereas they are just the myths. For instance they do believe that if a woman have sex during breastfeeding, the sperm will get into the milk and the child will not grow in a normal way.
Furthermore we watched a movie about perseverance. The lesson behind was to motivate them and encourage them not give up to their different challenges. They were so excited and begged for more, unfortunately the time was not on our side. We also discussed on how they can come together to start some income generating projects as they get bored during the day so they end up making wrong decisions like engaging in multiple partners.
We also discussed more about their life in general and the problems they encounter. One of their major problem is they are far from the health centres for they struggle to get the health services such as ARV’s and the contraceptives. Most of the women also complaint about their husbands as they do not allow them to use the contraceptives for they (men) say that is against their culture and many more bad impacts.
Since I was doing the program alone I didn’t have a good chance to take more pictures during our program but we took them after. After our program we took some pictures together with the older people and the children who were not involved in a program. We then had a prayer together.
We had an outreach Today with Sechaba at JTC. We started our program at 10:00 in the morning. We started with an opening prayer followed by some energizers as to break the ice. We then read a real-life story of one person who changed his life by choosing a new set of values to live by. It’s heartlines material called For good ( take action for good).
The story is about a man called Saki who was sentenced to 15 year in prison at the age 16. He served 10 years. Saki put his words into action too. Every month he travels to the long-term prison, where he visits a group of boys from the local area. He takes food and spends time listening and giving advice to the young boys inside, telling them that when they get out they must take a good life or soon they will be back behind the bars. There are many young men involved in crime in the area where he lives, but every day he makes a decision not to join them. It is difficult. Saki says ” it is sometimes very difficult to be a new person. If people find out that you have been a prisoner, a ‘Bhantinti’, a criminal, you become a first suspect. We need a campaign for people to see that we are willing change.” The story of Saki goes on. To download this book, visit
The boys loved the story and it deeply touched them as well as Sechaba. It was such a good time to read for the boys about Saki’s story. The boys a willing to change as well and to take action for good. We also read the story of Paul and Silas in prison from the bible in Acts 16: 25-34. The story was more related to the one for Saki. We had a closing prayer.
On the 20 August 2016 we had an outreach in Maseru village. Maseru village is in Butha-Buthe in ‘Moteng area. The outreach was involving the community youth club (Moteng Fishing and Tourism Association), the children from the village and the community people. 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 in this village also drop from schools at the alarming rate as their parents cannot afford to pay for their fees at high schools. Therefore this increases the chances of getting HIV as they also get bored since they have no jobs to keep them busy. Above all there are so many orphans in this village and many of them are infected or affected by HIV and AIDS.
Furthermore I and Phillip, we did write a letter to the Peace Corps office asking for a volunteer who can equip the youth in this village with some life skills. We hope this can bring some changes to this community as people will be encouraged to start their small income generating projects. In few months back our proposal was approved therefore we have to prepare for the arrival of such a volunteer. The Peace Corp was also demanding the community to build up a toilet for such a person where he will be staying. Therefore we found it necessary for us to go there and do such a project with the community. Everything is ready except the toilet that was half done. On Saturday we invited the kids and the youths to collect the stones and river sand that will be used to finish up
building the toilet. We started collecting the stones and after that we went to the river to collect the sand river. It was really fun and the kids enjoyed that as it was during the weekend. After working we played some indigenous games together and read a crocodile in my body book. They needed some clarification about HIV, luckily the book had their answers. We also explained more to them. One of them was that why is that the kids are also the victims of HIV? After all we enjoyed the food that we cooked for them. One of the local shops also contributed 2.5 Kg of maize meal, bag of simba chips and the sweets. We bought sausages for them . They were so excited to eat together and they enjoyed the
We watched the heartlines movie about second chance. It takes almost 20 minutes.
[ Film summary ]
Manyisa, released from prison, is given a second chance when a local pastor (Jacob) takes him into his home. This places challenges on Jacob’s family as they seek to help Manyisa forge a new life. Jacob’s wife especially struggles with these challenges and is concerned about the friendship that their young son, Sibusiso, strikes up with Manyisa. Jacob helps Manyisa to find employment, but Manyisa has difficulty fitting into his new environment. His past criminal life pulls back at him, and he finds himself exploited and eventually wrongly accused of theft at work. Pressurized into helping his old gang comrade to rob Jacob of the church’s offering, things go horribly wrong when young
Sibusiso is shot and wounded. Manyisa, instead of fleeing, goes back to help save Sibusiso. He returns Jacob’s family car making it possible to get Sibusiso to the hospital in time to save his life. Manyisa find himself back in prison, but with a new outlook on life.
After the movie we started the film discussion. During the discussion I shared testimony of my life whereby in 2010 I was doing Mechanical Engineering in one of the local technical schools in Maseru but I couldn’t pass. I had to leave the school and seek for a job. I couldn’t get a job for almost two years but during the third year I found one even though it wasn’t a good one. I worked for five months then I had to leave since I got sick. In 2014 I wanted to go back to school. I had no money to pay for my fees at all even my accommodation was a problem. I mom was not working to support me financially. My brothers were working but they just ignored me. Due to God’s grace, my friends had compassion on me and contributed money for my fees. I was so amazed by God’s love on me. I took this as second and last chance in my life to work hard and prove that I’m not a failure. I passed with flying colours till now whereby I’m doing my 3rd year (last year) in Fitting and machinery. The boys were so impressed and encouraged by my testimony and willing to follow the suit when ever they are released and within JTC. People from UNICEF were also around and they were also impressed by how we do our program. They were so impressed to an extent that they encouraged us to do more and want us to work in such youth projects and Juveniles together with them. Soon well have a way forward discussion with them as they promised. Our discussion will include some suggestions we want to make on how to start some projects or attachments for the Juveniles after JTC.