Children have a right to education, no matter their circumstances, they deserve love, guidance and security.
This was stated by the Chief Executive of Standard Lesotho Bank, Mr. Mpho Vumbukani when handing over a cheque to St. Cecilia Orphanage on Tuesday. Mr. Vumbukani added that they have learned that the environment at St. Cecilia is homely and filled with parental love and compassion that every child deserves.
He highlighted that in collaboration with their customers and other people of goodwill, they have managed to raise M200,000 of which 50 percent is from the bank. He indicated that the other 50 percent was raised on April 21 by its customers at the Standard Bank Corporate Golf Day.
He noted that this shows that their relationship goes beyond just business because they are able to collaborate in initiatives that benefit the society they operate in. He pointed out that this gesture addresses their desire to nurture future leaders even in difficult circumstances as their goal is to inspire hope to all children as they believe that tomorrow starts today.
Mr. Vumbukani commended the founder of the orphanage Reverend Father Pule Augustinus Mahlaku for truly changing lives, encouraging him to continue being a source of hope for vulnerable children.
Speaking at the same event, the beneficiary Reverend Father Mahlaku expressed his gratitude, commending Standard Lesotho Bank for continuing making positive difference in others lives despite the current economic hardships. He noted that this gesture will go a long way to develop the lives of those children as it shows that they live within the community of loving and caring nation.
He added that this will contribute to their future well-being as they will also aspire to become individuals who touch others' lives positively. Reverend Father Mahlaku said the funds will be used to make borehole at the orphanage, while some will contribute towards buying a tractor which will generate income to sustain those children's lives.
At least 60 children will benefit from this initiative. Standard Lesotho Bank has set aside about M3 million towards sponsorships and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.