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New manager of the Maliba Community Development Trust

Manager of the Maliba Community Development Trust

Makau Hali Khutsi

We are pleased to announce Makau Hali Khutsi has been appointed Manager of the Maliba Community Development Trust.  Hali was born and raised in Butha Buthe, Lesotho. He earned his degree in Agriculture in 2009 at the Lesotho Agricultural College and taught Agriculture and Science at St. Denis High School in St. Denis, Leribe from 2009 until earlier this year.

Hali has a history of community service as a volunteer teaching food production in partnership with various Village Support Groups.  As an Agriculture teacher he was responsible for the design and execution of special projects in support of Hunger Alleviation.  These projects involved students and local farmers groups managing for production & sale: Eggs, Vegetables, Pigs, Rabbits and Grain. Read more

Jinny Blom’s Sentebale Forget-Me-Not Show Garden sponsored by B&Q

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If you follow horticulture, you know that the Chelsea Flower Show is the pinnacle of all flower shows. Thousands make their trek each year, like Islam’s followers to Mecca. I am included in the hordes who flock to London each May to check out the fabulous garden displays. Read more

Hand Me Down April 2013

On the 26th of January 2013 our official involvement in the Hand Me Down project began. Clothing had been donated from far and wide and we had a mammoth task ahead of us sorting and repacking more than 100 bags of clothing into black bags to be distributed in Lesotho in April.

An entire day was spent doing the packing by 8 of us, needless to say after we had finished we were all a little pooped. Further donations on clothing have since been flowing in at a steady pace and we will have to have another packing day soon I am sure!

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Australian High Commissioner experiences a Kick4Life in Lesotho

On 10 April 2013, the Australian High Commissioner to South Africa with non-residential accreditation to Lesotho, HE Mr Graeme Wilson visited Kick4Life in Lesotho. AVI work in partnership with Kick4Life as part of the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program, an Australian Government, AusAID initiative.

Graeme Wilson DFAT HOM Official Portrait 13 December 2012On a two-day tour to the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho before presenting his credentials to His Majesty King Letsie III, Mr Wilson met with local partner organisations and AVID volunteers. He was accompanied by his wife and the First Secretary.

In September 2012, Kick4Life, with the support of the AVID program, was awarded $10,000 in funding through AVI’s Community Grant Scheme for a training initiative. Funded through the support of the Planet Wheeler Foundation, Kick4Life received $10,000 to establish a restaurant and Orphans and Vulnerable Children catering training school. Read more

Maliba News Flash!

The new year has bought exciting new developments for Maliba Lodge and the team. The new projects are based around improving what Maliba and Lesotho has to offer for our guests.

Towards the end of the year, our massage therapists will be able to boast about a 2 bed spa facility tucked neatly in the Che Che trees and situated on one of our streams near the main lodge. Massage treatments can then be enjoyed from the room or at our spa. A variety of treatments will be added to ensure guests have a range of options for total relaxation in the mountains.  Read more

Prince Harry In Lesotho – A Right Royal Success

Prince Harry in Lesotho-1733103Prince Harry has pleased everyone this week with a highly successful trip to Lesotho as part of work for his charity Sentebale. Prince Harry worked alongside the younger brother of Lesotho’s King, Prince Seeiso as part of the charity which he setup in 2006 to commemorate both their deceased mothers. Sentebale means ‘forget me not’ in Sotho.

The two princes visited Kananelo Centre for the Deaf, in a rural setting outside the capital Maseru. It is one of just two schools for deaf children in the country. In a series of 1-storey huts, a group of Catholic nuns educate 85 students aged between five and 22. Prince Harry first visited in 2004 during his gap year, and from 2008, has provided 70% of the school’s running costs. Read more

SA Adventure – Hand Me Down Fund Raisers

2013 has started with a bang! Hand me Down, an SA Adventure initiative has now got 55 active collection stations and the amount of donations we have received this year has increased massively! As Hand me Down grows, so do the costs and as such we realised the need to have frequent fund raisers for this worthy cause! Read more

Prince Harry returns to Lesotho for charity projects

Article originality appeared in a post by the BBC.

Prince Harry is making a return trip to the southern African kingdom of Lesotho where he has long-standing personal charity interests.

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Prince Harry has made several trips to Lesotho where he takes an interest in charitable works

Seven years ago the prince helped set up a charity to support vulnerable children affected by HIV/Aids, working with the brother of Lesotho’s king.

Prince Harry will visit two local projects on Wednesday.

He will first go to a centre for the deaf near the capital Maseru then to a school for visually impaired children. Read more

The Mysterious Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho

Original story by Robert Schrader on the Huffington Post.com

Lesotho is completely encircled by South Africa, so making a visit to the fabled mountain kingdom was a big priority of mine when I knew I’d be nearby. The only question was how. Many options for visiting Lesotho exist, but several of them are logistically challenging.

I could’ve traveled via the Sani Pass in South Africa’s southern Drakensberg region. This would’ve allowed me to enjoy a cocktail at the Sani Chalet, which is arguably one of the World’s Best Bars, at thousands of meters above sea level. The problem? Getting to the southern Drakensberg is difficult for backpackers, and Sani Pass treks are very expensive. Read more

Lesotho wind farming development churns up survival problems for vultures

Two of southern Africa’s threatened vulture species are on a collision course with a controversial wind farming project in Lesotho that threatens to wipe them out.Adult Lammergeyer head detail

PowerNET Developments is planning to build the Letšeng wind farm on the north-eastern escarpment of the Drakensberg in Lesotho largely to increase power generation and distribution in the small mountain kingdom. But bird experts are worried that the proposed wind farm is located within critical habitat for the globally significant populations of the already-declining Bearded Vulture and Cape Vulture populations, which are “collision-prone” birds. Read more

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