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Lesotho reading clubs to benefit from latest shipment

School Aid's last shipment of 2017 left our warehouse early in the New Year, heading for 16 schools in and around the Lesotho capital, Maseru. This is the base of our Project and Reading Club Officer, Moso Ranoosi, who in 2017 introduced our first reading clubs in Lesotho at underprivileged schools around Maseru. 

The container was crammed with primary school reading and library books: some of them destined for new and existing reading clubs; others for libraries and to provide general reading resources. These include projects run by our long-term partners, Dolen Cymru Wales Lesotho Link.

Between them, the schools are educating more than 10,000 children, nearly a quarter of them designated as orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs).  And since most of the schools have no library as yet, we are sure that the books will be a big boost to their resources, bringing the joy of reading to a whole new generation of children.

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10th January 2018
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School Aid makes a difference in Lesotho

A student from a school in Lesotho proudly holds up a book, showing the School Aid stamp on the inside cover.

What a journey that book has had, since it was stamped by a volunteer at the warehouse in Hedgerley, shipped out on a container to Lesotho many months ago, to be then transported by our partners in lorries, across often difficult terrain, to schools in some of the most remote parts of the country.

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School Aid volunteers visit a school in Lesotho

A group of School Aid volunteers who, at their own expense, have flown out to Lesotho to visit schools and communities, were able to see how the reading clubs and books and educational materials have made such a difference to the lives of the children there.

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School Aid volunteers prepare for their visit to Lesotho

In September, six School Aid volunteers will fly to Lesotho, at their own expense, and visit 6 primary schools in Maseru, where they will take part in assemblies, sit in on lessons supporting both children and teachers, interact at play time with the balls and equipment (which they will take with them) and assist the Project Reading Manager, Moso Ranoosi and his Reading Club Assistant, Refiloe Khau.

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Latest shipment to Lesotho leaves warehouse

Volunteers loaded a 20 foot container, which left the School Aid warehouse on 10th January, with 18,620 books, supporting 6,9954 children, at 13 schools and reading clubs. 

This shipment is expected to arrive in Lesotho in mid February and will then be distributed in and around Maseru, the capital of Lesotho.

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Holiday Reading Club at a bike track in Maseru, Lesotho

A Holiday Reading Club, organised by School Aid's Project and Reading Club Officer, Moso Ranoosi, proves to be a success.

The children in the photo are at a bike track in Maseru, which is open through the school holidays. Moso Ranoosi, School Aid's Project and Reading Club Officer, has organised a reading club for the attendant children, who are mostly boys of both primary and secondary age.  

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Reading Clubs in Lesotho are being well attended

Moso Ranoosi, Project and Reading Club Officer in Lesotho, has sent some lovely photos of children attending the reading clubs in Lesotho.

We particularly loved the photo of children re-enacting the story that they had just been read.

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