Maseru – The Minister of Social Development Honourable Molahlehi Letlotlo says poverty, unemployment and loss of culture contribute towards homelessness in the country.
Speaking during commemoration of World Homeless Day in Maseru Honourable Letlotlo said the aim was to draw attention to needs of the homeless and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding and assisting homeless people.
Honourable Letlotlo urged Basotho to go back to their roots as they have lost their culture and norms which emphasised the importance of living together with neighbours, saying poverty and hunger force some people to leave their homes and go to towns with the hope of finding jobs and end up living on the streets.
He also commended Avani Lesotho, Kick4Life, Centre for Impacting Lives as well as other organisations for caring for the homeless, pledging the Ministry’s continuous support to organisations that assist the homeless.
Speaking at the event Avani Lesotho Resident Manager, Mr. Williem Van Heerden said they are looking for means to make a difference in the growth and development of the country, saying poverty and wars are some of the reasons that trigger people to leave their homes.
Centre for Impacting Lives Executive Director, Mrs. Beatrice Akintade said they work with children living in the streets, and rehabilitate and take care of the welfare of children by caring for their hygiene and feeding them.
Some of the children thanked the Ministry, Avani Lesotho and other organisations for commemorating the day with them as well as taking care of them on regular basis, and urged relevant stakeholders to provide accommodation for them as they have skills they could use to generate income and become independent.
The Inaugural World Homeless Day is commemorated annually on October 10th since 2010.