In line with the recent launch of the Sustainable Development Goals and ongoing activities celebrating the 70th UN anniversary, a team of UN staff and a group of students from Machabeng College visited an orphanage called Maseru Children’s Village on Saturday the 3rd of October, and conducted an art session with the orphans. For all the orphans, it was their first time to hold a paint brush and to make art using paint. The day was quite a delight for the kids and staff alike, with touching moments such as when some of the kids referred to some of the visitors as their ‘mother’ or ‘father’.
Maseru Children’s Village is a shelter or temporary home for abused, neglected, orphaned, HIV/AIDS infected and affected and abandoned children. There are currently 35 orphans ranging from the age of a year to around thirteen years of age, and this number fluctuates month to month. Maseru Children’s Village focuses on child protection, hospice care, education and community based HIV/AIDS support. Food, clothing, medication, education and psycho-therapeutic support are provided while investigation into the children’s situation is carried out, whereby there is a strong inclination for integration and reunification of children to their families.