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Stories that draw upon both the culture and daily life in Lesotho

History of Weaving in Lesotho

History of Weaving in Lesotho

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…

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It’s peach season in Lesotho

It’s peach season in Lesotho

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…

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Litsoejane – Girls Initiation School

Litsoejane – Girls Initiation School

Some time ago I was leaving my house when I heard singing and chanting and saw a row of people coming down the path of a neighbouring hillside. I was told they were a “Girls Initiation School” a Litsoejane (deet sway jah nay). I kept a respectful distance and watched as they joined up and started a series of dances and songs.  I had to leave for an important meeting at one of the   primary schools so I reluctantly started…

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Wittenberg students life-altering trip to Lesotho

Wittenberg students life-altering trip to Lesotho

For many Wittenberg University students, it has become a rite of passage. En route to a coveted degree from one of the finest liberal arts colleges in the country, hundreds of students over the last decade have participated in a life-altering service trip to the African kingdom of Lesotho. Once again, a group of Wittenberg students and faculty members are in Lesotho, this time giving their entire break between semesters in the 2012-13 school year to making a difference in…

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Christmas in Lesotho

Christmas in Lesotho

This month our Village Life column is from M’e Mantai Musa.  M’e Mantai is the Maliba Trust’s Community Liaison Trainee.  She lives in the neighbouring village of Ha Mali and runs the Saturday youth program at the Ha Mali Community Center, co-teachers a Business Education Class for out-of-school individuals and assists with Village Support Groups. “The Christmas Holiday celebration begins as a homecoming all through December.  Many people work or go to school in South Africa or other places but…

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Never a dull moment in Lesotho…

Never a dull moment in Lesotho…

It’s surprising how many death defying events can occur on a regular basis here. And not just the routine risks that come with working with kids who live on the edge from the time they can toddle.  I’ve seen children as young as 3 years of age speeding along on the backs of donkeys, bareback.  Little ones smashing glass bottles together just because.  Sliding down hillsides on jagged pieces of corrugated metal, chasing each other into the edges of whatever…

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2012 Handme downs with SA Adventure in review

2012 Handme downs with SA Adventure in review

As 2012 comes to an end, we would like to say a huge thank you for all the support we have had throughout the year! Hand me Down, along with Maliba Mountain Lodge have managed to redistribute Hand me Downs to over 1200 people this year, which is a huge achievement! Although Hand me Down is a fairly new initiative, SA Adventure has always been involved in community and sustainable development projects around Southern Africa. What we have found truly…

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Down to the wire – Springtime in Lesotho

Down to the wire – Springtime in Lesotho

Spring is here.  We are no longer just off freezing, in the house and out, from sunset to sunrise.  Without electricity the sounds and activities of quotidian village life move with natural light and shortly after sunset peace reigns.   Aggressive dogs excluded, of course, darkness is their time.   Eventually even the dogs settled down and those winter nights were long, cold and quiet. After a candle-lit dinner I too would settle, into multi-layers of blankets, wearing multi-layers of clothing plus…

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