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Standard Lesotho Bank remembers the autistic

…donates over a Million Maloti

Matšeliso Sehloho

Standard Lesotho Bank Lesotho donated over a million Maloti to the Intellectual Disability and Autism Lesotho (IDAL), a non-profit organization entity in Berea, Maqhaka.

The bank donated exactly M1, 142, 205. This was to help build IDAL center for the children with. In the speech given by the Standard Lesotho Bank representative, Manyathela Kheleli, he passed his gratitude to the entities and individuals that partnered with the bank for making the dream of IDAL come true and to visibility.

“We are pleased that today; IDAL is a beneficiary of our support following a long journey that the bank has travelled with this organization over the past three years. We would have liked to hand over this building last year but COVID was not kind to us” Kheleli said.

He further mentioned that the building that was being handed over was very unique as it was a result of the collaboration with the banks customers and other people of good will.

Kheleli said in 2018 and 2019, the Standard Lesotho bank hosted the annual Corporate Golf Day in which the captains of businesses in Lesotho partook in the event and bought ruffle ticket to support a charitable course identified by the bank.

“Indeed, we are extremely humbled that our patrons fully supported the initiative and we were able to raise about M413, 400 from the two golf day events. Based on the promise we made the bank then matched this contribution at 100% to make a total of M826, 800 to start the project that we are officially handing over today.” Kheleli concluded.

Among the companies that contributed to the building of IDAL include, Alliance insurance ,Glass world, Insucare, Lesotho Flour Mills, Letšeng Diamond, Maseru Toyota, Minet, Metropolitan Lesotho, Maletsunyane Braai Festival, Sekhametsi Investment Consortium, Specialized Insurance Brokers, SBV, Standard Lesotho Bank Board members, and Vodacom Lesotho

On the other hand Daniela Gusman, the executive Director and Co-founder of Relationship Inspiring Social Enterprise (RISE) mentioned that the IDSAL center was mainly built to help children with autism.

“Among the many problems that Lesotho still faces is the lack of diagnosis for autism, and this center being the first ever in Lesotho, for children with Autism and intellectual disability will be able to help” Gusman said.

In her speech Gusman said the center will be completely ran and operated by IDAL, she mentioned among the other things the center will be focusing on holding trainings for parent that have children that have autism and intellectual disabilities.

“This land is big and with it, four people with intellectual disability will be taught farming, thus help them with income generating activities” Gusman said.

The IDAL center will also serve as a social enterprise, where people will come to make their different events, them being weddings, parties and many others so that the entity will be able to generate its own money to run the facility smoothly. Gusman concluded.

 Nyolohelo Tjekeche said the center will also serve as a form of therapy for parents, among the other challenges parents face is not having any other sort of life except looking after the child with the condition as they have many needs and need people who have passion. She said the center will also serve as a form of day care for children who have the mentioned condition. ”when a parent has an event they have to attend or maybe go shopping, they could just drop off the child here without worry, knowing the child is in good hands of a professional.” Tjekeche concluded.

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