Rafiki Thabo helped build Ha Fusi Secondary School in 2008 and is committed to its ongoing development. Ha 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.
In 2003, one of our trustees discovered 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 2008, water was brought to the school by drilling down to the water table and putting in a pump.
In 2009 the school was officially registered with the government, meaning that Ha Fusi is able to receive funding from the government for overall running costs. Since the government’s promise in 2009, Rafiki Thabo has supported the school by paying the teachers while the bureaucratic cogs of government ground slowly. It has taken 4 and a half years, but the great news in December 2013 was that finally all eight teachers were receiving their salary from the Lesotho Government. This means that for its day-to-day needs, the school is self-sufficient.
There have also been great developments in the resources at the school. Amongst other things, the Japanese Government paid for new classrooms, a Science lab and other buildings. More recently, we have been grateful for the support of the Southern Africa Church Development Trust who have paid for a mains electricity supply to be connected to the school. The school also has a good library thanks to a donation from the African Library Project.
We have recently seen excellent public exam results for the third year running. Students who have done well are now supported by Rafiki Thabo, enabling them to attend high school, and, hopefully in the future, university.
The electricity supply has now been connected, meaning that the new computer suite, with computers donated by the Lesotho – Durham Link can be put into action and students can develop IT skills and access the internet. The Science Lab now has some equipment to enable experiments to take place and the school has running water, with a pump and tank system.
In addition to this, the school continues to provide a meal for all students each day, and has some very smart new long-drop toilet facilities.
One of our Trustees, Andrew Uglow, took a group of students from Cokethorpe School to visit Fusi School in July 2014 and build a new chicken coop for the school so that the students can eggs twice a week as part of their meal – and the rest will be sold locally. Read Andrew’s report on the visit here.