Last Friday we visited the district of Mafeteng to see what the youth volunteers there are doing and to catch up with former youth delegat to Norway, Pheko. The youths had planned a full day for us and we got meet many engaged youths and saw a lot of great activities. We were accompanied by the newly appointed youth officer, Thapelo Ramalefane, who is a former youth volunteer form Mafeteng.
We started of with a visit to the youth branch in Kopanong where they told us about their activities and future plans. They’re a little over 40 youth volunteers in total, which is a very impressive number.
From there they took us to Tabana Morena where some of the youths where helping out on a weeklong Water and Sanitation (WatSan) workshop, teaching representatives from the different communities how to maintain their local water stations. The project is partly funded by the Norwegian Red Cross.
On the way back to Camp Town we visited the school branch at Makena High School. One of the main activities the youths there run is fundraising for fellow students that are in need of School uniforms, books etc. Seeing this from a Norwegian perspective, where such things often are taken for granted, it is truly impressive to see the compassion they feel for their fellow students and the results they achieve through minimal funding.
After this Pheko took us to the community radio station, where we did a 30minutes segment on the YDEP programme, Red Cross Youth and our experiences in Lesotho. This were our first time on the radio but luckily we were accompanied by Thapelo and Pheko, who was a brilliant radio host.
We rounded off the day with a youth meeting at the divisional office in Mafeteng, where we also got the see the Kids Club they run after school 3 times a week.
In the meeting with the youths we discussed the upcoming celebration of The World Red Cross Day, which this year is celebrated in Leribe. Being last years hosts they had a lot of good ideas and useful information that we took with us. Thank you so much to the youths of Mafeteng for a great day - we learned a lot! Mafeteng has a large number of very active youth volunteers, and it was inspiring to see some of the results of their hard work.