Lesotho joined the rest of the world on Saturday to celebrate World Habitat Day 2010 at Nazareth, about 16 kilometers east of the capital, Maseru.
Organised by Habitat for Humanity – Lesotho, the event was graced by the presence of the Minister of Natural Resources, Monyane Moleleki and heads of diplomatic missions in Lesotho.
Speaking at the event, Minister Moleleki thanked Habitat for Humanity – Lesotho and its partners for having constructed a total of 75 houses for orphaned children and needy households in Nazareth.
”Shelter is a basic human right…Habitat should be commended for providing adequate and decent houses for Basotho. I will work hard to ensure installation of electricity in these houses as access to electricity is also a necessity,” he said.
Talking about this year’s theme ’Better City, Better Life,’ he pointed out that creating better cities demands combined efforts, and urged for concerted efforts to make better cities for a better future for all.
Habitat Director, Shadrack Mutembei said helping the needy to have access to decent houses is key in transforming the lives of Basotho.
He said construction of 75 houses is part of 196 houses which were built by Habitat countrywide in the past two years.
”World Habitat Day seeks to provide an annual opportunity to reflect on how to make towns and cities better places for all,” he added.
The Director said their main message on this day is also to give a voice on poverty issues saying there is a need to address the challenge, to make the world a better and safe place for all, especially the most vulnerable like women and children.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator, Ahunna Eziakonwa reminded the society that World Habitat Day is a day meant to remind all that some people do not have access to shelter.
One of the beneficiaries, Likeleli Chisetse said she is a double orphan who takes care of her child. She thanked Habitat and its partners for having found it befitting to construct houses for them.
Other activities marking the day included plastering and painting houses as well as gardening and tree planting.
Source African Press Agency
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