We get our flight home today from Johannesburg. The last 5 weeks in Lesotho has been fantastic.We travelled all over the country teaching, meeting new people and making friends. My first week in Lesotho was hectic. Myself and Gill had lots to do. We stayed in TY in a lovely hotel called Blue Mountain Inn (BMI). The hub is based in St Agnes High School in TY so we visited one day and unloaded a shipment that had just arrived. Simon was our host in TY and in charge of the hub. We also visited Maseru and travelled to the schools we would be teaching in,in the following two weeks. The team arrived on the 7th of July. We all travelled from Johannesburg to Butha-Buthe, crossing the border at Caldensport. We stayed in Motlejoa B&B. Mama Tal and Steven and their family looked after us there. They’re a lovely family and were great craic!Mama Tal never stopped laughing! While we were in Butha-Buthe we taught in three schools in the surrounding area. Emmanuel High School (Week 1), Sofia High School and St Peters High school (Week 2). The people we taught were fantastic and they taught us a lot also.
We left Butha-Buthe at the end of the 2nd week and travelled to Ha Lejone which is situated in the Maloti mountains. On the trip up the road meanders and meanders and meanders, we were about 2,500 metres up above sea level. Snow and Ice half covered parts of the road when we got up really high. We stayed in a place called Umbrella Lodge. Again the people there showed us great hospitality. The school there was called Mamahau HS, it was about 2km from the Lodge. The view from our rooms was spectacular, mountains and rivers, and on the road people on the backs of horses wearing the traditional Basotho blanket. It gets very cold at night and early in the morning so the blankets keep the people warm. While we were in the Lodge traditional Basotho women visited us and did some singing and dancing. We’d a brie (barbecue) on the last night there and had a party with the locals. The week of teaching went very well. 17 people got level 1 certificates at the end of the course. We also had a chance to visit Katse Dam. Lesotho supplies water to South Africa through a tunnel that starts near Katse Dam.
We left Ha Lejone and stayed in Maseru for 1 night to cut our next journey in half. We’d to go to Quithing which is in the very south of the country. Quithing was much warmer than Ha Lejone. We taught at Masitise HS and stayed in a place called Fuling guest house. The school was about a 10 minute drive away from the accommodation. Conor on the last day wore his traditional Basotho blanket he had bought and walked through the town to cheering,laughter and sometimes applause. It was mad! We left and stayed in Maseru for a night and then travelled to Jo’burg which is about a 7 hour journey.
Simon our host in TY at the end of the trip secured a new building for the hub in central TY so progress has been made. It is a bigger building which means he can have a bigger workshop, a training centre and an Internet cafe.
I know this is a short blog but to sum up Lesotho, the people make the country what it is, they are fantastic people, welcoming and they know how to laugh and enjoy life. I will not forget them and I will definitely return one day.