Rafiki Thabo helped build Ha Fusi Secondary School in 2008 and is committed to its ongoing development. Hu Fusi is a village to the west of Teyateyaneng, to the north-east of the capital, Maseru. Like most villages in Lesotho, it is named after a former village chief, in this case Fusi.
One of our trustees discovered in 2003, a small group of secondary students being taught at Ha Fusi primary school. They could not afford to go to secondary school and the primary school teachers were trying to help as much as they could. Like many schools in Lesotho, Ha Fusi primary school is a church school, run by the Anglican Church of Lesotho. Rafiki Thabo stepped in to help raise funds so that the church could open a secondary school at Ha Fusi. The village chief gave land for the school and eventually a three classroom school was built.
In 2009 the school was officially registered with the government, meaning that Ha Fusi are able to receive funding from the government for overall running costs.
Rafiki Thabo is currently supporting four teachers, paying their salaries to ensure the school can operate and attract pupils. A teacher’s grant was agreed by the government to be donated, but due to the headmaster not yet receiving any salary from the government since 2010 this money received has gone to supplement his loss of earnings. The Lesotho government has now promised a grant to fund the principal and there are suggestions that two further grants for further teachers may materialise. Should the grants be given, Rafiki Thabo will no longer need to pay so much towards teachers and funds can be allocated in other ways. The Japanese government is now also involved in this project alongside Rafiki Thabo building classrooms and a science laboratory. Ha Fusi still needs money for desks and equipment for the science lab.
For more information go to www.fusischool.org