Red Cross helping to lessen covid-19 spread

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By Lineo Ramatlapeng

Lesotho Red Cross Society (LRCS) supported by Coca-Cola will launch tippy tanks across the country’s districts’ police head offices.

“The society will officially hand over a tippy tank constructed at Qacha’sNeck district on April 26th 2021,” Tokoloho Khutsoane told KDNews.

Khutsoane said the handing over ceremony will be officiated by the police minister and the commissioner of the police, Red Cross president, and secretary-general.

The project’s aim, Khutsoane said is to ensure public places attracting masses have hand washing facilities, in order to lessen the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

She further said the project will include the food parcel donations to 10 orphanages.

“The tippy tanks construction is funded by Coca-Cola foundation to the tune of M546 000 and 10 orphanages housing approximately 404 children will receive food items from the project in due course,” said Khutsoane.

Khutsoane said at least 100 homeless people and children received food during the hard lockdowns in Maseru and Leribe districts from Red Cross.

She said standard bank Lesotho also donated M80 000 to Red Cross which was used to construct 8 tippy taps and their tanks at Lesotho correctional services institutions in the districts of Leribe, Mafeteng, Maseru, and Mohale’s Hoek.

Donation of M217 000, Khutsoane said was used for the construction of 34 tippy tanks, soap dispensers, and sinks which were installed in all the taxi ranks in the country’s 10 districts, four health centers of Red Cross located in Kena, Kolojane, Mapholaneng, and Thaba-Bosiu and in schools.

“The society also held COVID-19 awareness campaign under the theme ‘safety tips and precautions’ in six districts of Maseru, Mafeteng, Mokhotlong, Leribe, Mohale’s Hoek, and Quthing,” Khutsoane said.

She further said Red Cross’s disaster relief emergency fund (Dref) project provided agricultural inputs and cash transfers to 2005 beneficiaries in the district of Thaba-Tseka, Mokhotlong, and Butha-Buthe.

“Beneficiaries received cash transfer that was aimed at closing the food basket gap and other basic needs,” said Khutsoane.

She concluded that Red Cross has also provided about 10 000 face masks to students, shepherds, traditional healers, and street vendors while also 4 000 social distance awareness campaign promotion stickers were placed in crowded areas which include shops and health centers.

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