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Friends of Lesotho (FOL) is a non-profit organization promoting friendship between the peoples of Lesotho and North America. FOL is supported by former Peace Corps volunteers and others who share this desire. FOL provides scholarships and grants to small development projects in Lesotho, assists in locating old friends from Lesotho, and provides information about current events in Lesotho. FOL is affiliated with the National Peace Corps Association.

 


2014 Annual Meeting – March 16, 2014

Annual Meeting Announcement

 

Mark your calendar for March 16, 2014

Greetings Friend of Lesotho:  Please join the Friends of Lesotho Board of Directors for its Annual Meeting on Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 4:00 to 5:55 PM (Eastern Daylight Savings Time).

To participate via Conference Call, dial (626) 677-3000,  Access Code 599214

Agenda

 Opening Remarks,  FOL President Scott Rosenberg

Presentation of Annual Report

Treasurer’s Report

Election of Board of Directors

Speakers

The Honorable Molapi Sebatane, Lesotho Ambassador to the United States

(husband of Mrs. Lois Sebatane, Lesotho RPCV, 1967-1969)

Dr. Robert R. Edgar, Department of African Studies, Howard University

Board of Directors

Scott Rosenberg, Bill Moore, Kevin Caughlan, John Hollister, Christina Balch, Victor Cuevas, Kevin Freer,  Megan Kelly, Peter Neumann,  Dick Nystrom,  Zach Rosen, Richard Rowan, David Ruch, Andrew Steele, Madeline Uraneck

2013 Annual Report

THE BALLOT IS ON THE WEBSITE……PLEASE VOTE AT THIS LINK

http://www.friendsoflesotho.org/aboutfol/board-of-directors/board-vote/

If you have not set up your username, use:  folmember and khotso as the password.

In Memoriam – Thomas Maresco

From (Khotso September 2012)

In Memoriam – Thomas Maresco
In Memoriam – Thomas Maresco

September 3rd will mark two years since ED10 Volunteer Tom Maresco was killed in Maseru. It is a tragic and somber anniversary, which I am sure Tom’s friends and family will be marking in different ways. Here in Lesotho staff and three of the Volunteers who were serving at the time will lay flowers at the site where Tom died. Tom as a vivacious person who left a positive impression on all who met him. His is missed by many and certainly by those of us in Lesotho who knew him. Please keep Tom’s family in your thoughts.

Khotso,
Kathy Jacquart Dill,
Country Director

 

FOL donation to NHTC coverage

From the Lesotho Times:

Friends of Lesotho donate to NHTC

1 Feb 2012

By Staff Reporter

 

MASERU — Twenty-eight students from the National Health Training College (NHTC) on Monday received US$6 000 (M42 000) from a United States-based charity organisation, Friends of Lesotho (FOL).

Friends of Lesotho is a non-profit organisation of former US Peace Corps volunteers who served in Lesotho from the 1970s to the present.

The donation is meant to help non-resident students pay for their housing and transport costs.

Speaking at the hand-over ceremony in Maseru, US Ambassador Michele Bond said FOL created a scholarship fund to help current NHTC students.

Bond said the donation comes at a time when the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is building additional dormitories at the NHTC.

“As important as clinics, hospitals and other structures are, it is Basotho health care professionals who are on the front line fighting the battle.

“They need support,” Bond said.

She said the students who had received the donations were selected on the basis of academic merit and financial need.

Speaking at the same occasion, NHTC deputy director, Tahisha Tarr, said this year’s donation was made possible through Janice Stapleton, who was teaching at the college.

Tarr urged the beneficiaries to use the money wisely “so that you continue to excel in your studies”.

“It does not end in the classroom; you should extend this privilege you have to make sure that you are committed to providing excellent health care to your patients” Tarr said.

One of the beneficiaries, Palesa Mathe, told the Lesotho Times that she was happy to receive the money.

Mathe said the gift came at the right time when there was lack of equipment at the college forcing students to seek practice at local hospitals.

“I wish that the Friends of Lesotho could prosper and manage to increase the number of students they are helping,” Mathe said.

FOL was formed in 1986 by a small group of former Peace Corps volunteers who served in Lesotho in the 1960s and 70s.

The organisation currently has about 400 members from all over United States.