Our board member, Dawn Marais, arrived in Lesotho last week with her friends Catherine and Chantelle. The trio came to launch the Lesotho Boys Knitting Club for 19 boys in Nk’hu-Nk’hu village. The idea for the club came from a young boy, Katleho, who saw Dawn knitting during her last visit to the village. Excitement was almost palpable as the club met for the first time since Katleho’s request in July. Katleho and his friends were eager to learn new skills.
The objectives of the Lesotho Boys Knitting Club are to train each boy as an entrepreneur. Rutanang will do this by teaching them business and life skills while we the boys also gain the knitting skills that they requested to learn. Every club meeting begins with a devotion and opening prayer, challenging them to trust in Jesus as their personal saviour and to learn to walk each day with Him. Ranging in age from 11 to 15 and in grades 6 and 7, these boys are thirsty for knowledge and engaged in their learning process.
A venue to meet has been a continual challenge for the club. For now, we have been meeting in different classrooms of the nearest school. As this is not our space, we waste precious time at the beginning of each session finding someone to help us and getting keys for the classroom, despite prior arrangements. A funny moment occurred during our third meeting when little preschoolers silently filed into the classroom, unaware of the lessons being taught, and took their seats among the comparatively large club members.
The school holiday has brought different challenges and our numbers have dropped to about 16, while this is much easier for Dawn to teach on her own, we hope to see the club grow. The club members who continuously come back have shown such dedication and determination to get their stitches in line! They have chosen to make fingerless gloves as their first project and Moeketsi proudly finished the first glove today!
To help the Lesotho Boys Knitting Club, and our other community programs, have their own space to meet consider donating to Rutanang Community Foundation’s effort to build Nk’hu-Nk’hu village a community center. Donate here!