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Never a dull moment in Lesotho…

Never a dull moment in Lesotho…

Maggie Day - Lesotho VolunteerIt’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 sharp thing is around, playing with fire, running with knives, throwing rocks at each other and just generally causing all sorts of bloody injuries in the interest of great fun. Did I mention we have one of the world’s highest incidences of HIV/AIDS?  So I bought a box of surgical gloves and am careful, careful when one of the kids comes for help with a cut at the Community Center.

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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 amazing working with the Maliba Community this year, is the shear respect amongst the community. The Community workers are brilliant; they are always there to help our volunteers and the community, they serve selflessly!  They are fully aware of those who are most in need and create an environment of working together for the betterment of others. The recipients of Hand me Downs are called up one by one, from a line of probably 400 people at a time.  They are listed according to level of need, not age or gender!  How phenomenal!  I have to say that it is not only a humbling experience to witness, but we could learn a few things from these communities!

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Down to the wire – Springtime in Lesotho

Down to the wire – Springtime in Lesotho

Maggie Day - Lesotho VolunteerSpring 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 wool cap, thick socks and even gloves on especially cold nights.  After an hour or so of reading by head-lamp I’d enjoy 10 hours of sleep or more each night.   Just one more treat of my experience here for someone who was lucky to get 6 hours sleep per night in my “traditional” life.

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Hand Me Down with SA Adventure – October 2012

Hand Me Down with SA Adventure – October 2012

After the Hand Me Down distribution in August, it was back to business as usual, with a purpose though!  Our next Hand Me Down was to be 12th October, and the donations were rolling in.  Much time has been spent behind the scenes, sorting and packing the donated clothes.  Last minute donations had come in and the dedicated volunteers work late into the night to sort and pack the clothes.  It is a labour of love, done with a good heart and great excitement.

Friday dawns with pouring rain, which does not dampen our spirits, we know we are on a mission and will not be swayed.  Together with our core team we have three new guest volunteers.    This distribution is very special as it is Matilda’s inaugural trip!  Matilda is Hand Me Down’s latest team member, a beautifully resorted Landy 110!  We arrive at Maliba Mountain Lodge just before 8.00 pm with the last hour or so driving in the dark.  Our new volunteers have no idea of the scenery around us.  Tomorrow will reveal the beauty of Lesotho.  Besides the natural beauty there are the wonderful people of Lesotho who have won our hearts.

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Water is a big deal in Lesotho. A very big deal.

Water is a big deal in Lesotho. A very big deal.

Maggie Day - Lesotho Volunteer On the big-picture side The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) is a massive Government program resulting from a treaty signed in 1986 which was an agreement to sell water from the Lesotho mountain areas to South Africa.  Visit their website at  http://www.lhwa.org  for project details.   In addition to financial and hydroelectric power benefits the LHWP has been instrumental in the formation of the beautiful Ts’ehlanyane National Park.   From the LHWP website:

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Hand Me Down, August Redistribution at Maliba Mountain Lodge

Hand Me Down, August Redistribution at Maliba Mountain Lodge

So your asking “what is Hand Me Down“? To answer your question, it’s initiative aimed at the collection and redistribution of your old clothes to less fortunate people and communities!
The SA Adventure team was beaming with excitement as we set off on the August Hand Me Down redistribution! The Land Rover’s were packed to the brim with all the bags of Hand Me Downs we had collected. They bounced and weaved their way up a rugged mountain road as we made our way to the Ha Mali Community centre in Lesotho!

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Hand Me Down, April Clothing Redistribution in Lesotho

Hand Me Down, April Clothing Redistribution in Lesotho

Children benefiting from a HandMe Down donation.The SA Adventure Ladies Club set off on the 15th of April to Lesotho, for what was to be our first official Hand Me Down redistribution.  We had chosen to work with Maliba Mountain Lodge. The lodge has sponsored a community centre in the nearby village Ha Mali that caters for orphaned children.  We had the two Landy’s and the little Terrios known as ‘The Fish’ packed to the max with second-hand clothes that had been donated and we were very excited to get to our destination!

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Hand me Down with SA Adventure & Maliba Lodge

Hand me Down with SA Adventure & Maliba Lodge

SA Adventure LogoOur first redistribution of Hand me Downs takes place from the 15th-18th of April 2012. We have decided to support to the Maliba Community Trust, in Lesotho.

The Maliba Community Trust is involved in empowering the local community around Maliba Mountain Lodge through various projects, such school development and repairs (schools are encouraged to grow their own food) establishing of a community forest, for harvesting as well as a Craft project, amongst others.

Thank you to Sue Williams for her collection over the past few weeks...Hand me Down is an SA Adventure initiative aimed at the redistribution of old clothes.

Every year SA adventure embarks on an expedition which has the ambition of sustainable development within various communities of Southern Africa. Our sustainable development includes the planting of vegetable gardens, developing school facilities and providing educational goods. As part of our expeditions, we have gathered and redistributed second hand clothes and toys to those in the local community. In doing this we have recognised that there is such a requirement for clothing, it only makes sense for us to call on those of you who can donate your “hand me downs” to those less fortunate. Old clothes are something everybody has and many people don’t know what to do with them, often they get thrown away or we leave them to pile up in the garage or cupboards.

Hand me Down is an appeal to local public to donate what they consider to be old clothes, so we can redistribute them to those less fortunate, through the correct channels! We intend on redistributing Hand me Downs every three months.Sa Adventures distributes old clothes to those less fortunate

Even when people may think that no one could make use of it, someone can. This includes baby clothes, children’s clothes, adult clothes and shoes etc.

Public are welcome to contact us to arrange for the drop off/collection of your Hand me Downs and we will ensure that they are redistributed to those in need!

If you would like to be involved in the donation or redistribution of Hand Me Downs, please inbox us at info@saadventure.co.za. For more information about how SA Adventure is involved in communities, take a look at our expeditions and outreach projects.

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