Lesotho

Rafiki Thabo helped build Ha Fusi Secondary School in 2008 and is committed to Fusi schoolits ongoing development.  Ha Fusi is a village to the west of Teyateyaneng, to the north-east of the capital, Maseru. Read more about its location here. Like most villages in Lesotho, it is named after a former village chief, in this case Fusi.

The History

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.

Present

Ha Fusi school is thriving, providing a much needed secondary education to more than 160 children and achieving good exam results. We support some of the most disadvantaged pupils at the school as well as supporting some of its graduates to continue onto high school. Most then qualify for a free university education at Maseru University: so far all the scholars we have supported through high school have continued onto university.

We helped the school to first get an electricity supply, with support from the Southern African Church Development Trust. In 2017, with support from the One World Group, Oxted, we enabled the school to extend the supply to all classrooms. We also helped the school to equip its computer suite, with computers donated by the Lesotho – Durham Link, so that pupils can develop IT skills and access the internet. We also helped equip the Science Lab 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 long-drop toilet facilities.Lesotho building chicken coop

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 is being sold locally. Read Andrew’s report on the visit here.

We continue to discuss the school’s most pressing needs with school management and fundraise to meet those needs. In 2017, we managed to buy a decent printer/ photocopier for the school. We were also delighted that Madley Brook Primary School, Witney, raised enough money for us to buy a computer for Fusi Primary School – this is now helping the school to be more efficient and opening up a whole new world to the children at the school, most of whom will never have seen a computer before, let alone used one!

Our work in Lesotho is managed by a committee of local volunteers who are respected members of the community. You can read more about our committee here.