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NDSO donates to Mafeteng schools

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Moroke Sekoboto

THE National Drug Services Organisation (NDSO) has donated 156 pairs of shoes and exercise books to six primary schools in Mafeteng.

The organisation also gave socks and bags to St John’s, Mafeteng LECSA, St Gerald, Ha Raliemere, Matholeng and Motsemocha Primary schools. The goods were worth M68 000.

NDSO is mandated to procure, store, and distribute medicine and medical consumables for the government and other health institutions in Lesotho.

Speaking at the recent handover ceremony, NDSO Customer Service Manager ‘Mafoto Khobotlo, said the donation came after research conducted in the Mafeteng district, where the organisation is based, showed that many learners from different primary schools were disadvantaged and in need of help.

“We discovered that there are many challenges for primary school learners and then identified those that needed to be dealt with urgently,” Ms Khobotlo said.

She said after the research the NDSO engaged with teachers to assist in selecting the most deserving children as the organisation could not afford to extend assistance to all.

“We engaged with the teachers to select the most vulnerable and deserving children for the donations because we could not afford to buy for every child. Many are in dire need of such necessities.”

The donation was part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative.

“The donation is part of our corporate social investment. As a profit-making entity, we are bound to give back to the community.

Ms Khobotlo said their CSR activities sought to be relevant by making a difference where it was needed most.

“We will be back next year to help in addressing other challenges faced by vulnerable learners around Mafeteng.

“NDSO is proud that it has put smiles on so many happy faces. We are excited to bring change in these children’s lives,” she said.