Immigrants Deserve to Be Heard
According to two refugees, Lesotho is a peaceful country despite the instability among the political leaders. These men appreciate the Lesotho government for giving them shelter, though the small stipend they have been receiving is cut out since January 2015, this without any explanation.
One of them has been in Lesotho for 25 years and earns a living by repairing cars. The main challenge is that he cannot run his own workshop as he cannot buy the site. The reason for this is that he does not have certificates proving his qualifications for his work. As a result, most of the time he is bluffed and cheated by people who bring their vehicles and big machines for service and do not pay for the services rendered. They call him names because he is a foreigner with an unregistered business. He cannot report them anywhere because he will be in trouble himself.
The Sisters are trying to introduce him to some people that could hire him because of his expertise and would allow him to earn a stable monthly salary. He lives with a ten year old boy who was deserted by his mother.
Reflection Are we aware of the number of refugees who find themselves in a similar situation?
Resource: “God knows when hearts are generous and will repay a hundred fold a gift given without counting the cost.” – Mother Theresa of Jesus
Action: Could the Lesotho Sisters and associates together think of some way to find funds for some refugees to go to Ntlafatso Vocational Skills Institution? The institution offers three month training sessions to obtain certificates, thereby allowing persons to work legally in the country.