Basotho blankets, a southern Africa mainstay, gain attention in fashion circles
A pregnant charity worker from London has experienced first-hand what the challenges are in pregnancy and birth for mums to be in Lesotho, Africa.
While six months pregnant with her third child, Katharine Hamilton, 43, visited St James’ Hospital, in Mantsonyane, Lesotho, to see its work with new mothers and their babies. The hospital is located high in the mountains of Lesotho where the temperature in winter is very cold, and the terrain is rough and barren. Read more
There less words and more pictures in this post. It’s taken me a while to sort through the photographs from our trip to Africa in July this year. And before I could share our adventures, I had to tell the story of what took me to Africa; a hard, yet beautiful story to tell.
I look at these pictures and remember one of the best days in Lesotho: the pony trek in Malealea. You see, there’s a realisation of a dream come true for me here. The dream of adventuring and sharing incredible experiences with my kids. Amazing! Read more
I just want to let you know about the workshop that was had at St.Denis Clinic for 60 pregnant and nursing mothers which is called Maternal Health Care workshop. The workshop took five days starting from the 22nd to 26th of July.
As the name implies, the mothers and mothers-to-be were taught about very important issues to reduce Maternal and Infant Mortality. Topics that were covered included pregnancy, Labour, child raising, attending ante natal clinics, importance, stages and types of infant and child immunization. Read more
From the moment we met up with Hali, the new Maliba Community Trust Manager, anticipation and excitement filled the air.
We set off from Maliba Lodge at 9am and drove to the MaHali community, greeted with the chants of the community workers and the smiles of the children. Read more
I hear it almost every day, in almost every village. “I’m asking for sweets”, “I’m asking for money”, or… food, a job, your earrings, boots, bag, etc… It’s called out from the hillsides as I walk along the roadway or it’s something someone says as they walk past me. Over and over, day after day. The first few times I was so concerned and confused, I wanted to help but not to give in an inappropriate manner; also I never have “sweets” and as a volunteer I don’t have money to give. While volunteers live in village and live as much as possible in sync with socio-economic norms, no matter what or how many times we tell people we don’t have these things to give, the expectation is that we do and so the requests keep coming. Read more
Traveling in by road through the beautiful countryside of Lesotho, mountains sprawling for miles, we came across the magnificent Maliba Lodge. With a picturesque background, and a warm welcoming from the lodge staff, we knew we had arrived.
The lodge staff were friendly and welcoming, very professional in nature, and clearly a high standard of service was apparent.
As the first nurses invited by the Maliba Trust to meet and work with the St Denis Clinic staff, we were unsure of what our role would be. We were lucky enough to have the lodge Camry to transport ourselves to and from the clinic.
Inspired by Ska Mirriam’s international award winning cookbook, Cuisine of the Mountain Kingdom, this month is all about the queen of lijo tsa Basotho, (Basotho Food), Corn or Maize as it’s called here. We’re just coming into harvest time and the grain stores of most families are slim to none so it’s wonderful to see people now in the fields starting to harvest. While in January and February it was the standard for people to be carrying peaches and usually eating them at the same time, by March it was time for boiled sweet corn. Yum. Picked while the stalks were still green and the kernel were fat, yellow and sweet. Read more
There is a long history of weaving in Lesotho. At the nearby Leribe Craft Center we found this photo proudly honoring “the pioneers of spinning and weaving in Lesotho” at St. Mary’s Craft School in 1911.
The weaving process starts with collection of fibers from Lesotho’s large herds of sheep and goats. It was news to me that wool comes from sheep and mohair from goats. As this photo collection from Sesotho Designs shows, the coat or fleece is removed once per year, generally after the winter, when the herders bring the animals down from the mountains. Read more
I’m starting to hear voices from the trees again. When I heard it last year I was astonished, now I know it means something wonderful. It’s peach season!
Our area of Lesotho is thick with peach trees. You will find them planted around homes, schools, fields and high up on the hillside grazing areas, aggressive growers from discarded peach pits eaten or planted by herders in years past. Even our family pig enjoys life in the shade of a peach tree and the addition of peaches to its usual diet.
There are two major varieties of local peaches, Tae-pete are small yellow-white peaches which ripen in December & January and Motloha-Tholoana, larger sweeter peaches that ripen to reddish-yellow in February. Now that the February fruits are in full flush the trees seem to be talking almost everywhere, sending out happy greetings, “Lumela Mpho, u phela joang!” (Hi Mpho how are u?) , “…re teng le kae” (Hi, we’re fine how are you?) or most intriguingly speaking with each other, so quickly I can’t translate. Read more