Giving To MDT
At present, we have 5 projects in need of additional funding. Details on each of these can be found in the summary documents below.
- Ongoing Orphan Financial Support - MDT provides monthly food stipends, clothing, school fees and social care to orphans between the ages of 0 and 18 years. More details can be found here
- Clowns Without Borders Orphan Project - MDT would like to continue facilitating sessions with the Clowns Without Borders organization, which provides psycho-social support to orphans and their extended families and caregivers. More details can be found here
- Orphan Day - Orphan Days take place on the last Saturday of every month and are designed to give orphans a chance to meet with social care workers one-on-one; develop relationships with other orphans; and provide skills training in sewing, woodwork, gardening and other life skills that will foster independence. More details can be found here
- Orphan's Planting Project - MDT is developing a Gardens Project to help families supplement the monthly food stipend, while teaching critical skills for that will help them develop into useful adults. More details can be found here
- Ntate Tsepang Lichaba, Nursuryman - Ntate Lichaba is requesting a loan from the MDT to fund the creation and maintenance of a nursery from which he can sell fruit and trees to the community. More details can be found here
GIVING FROM THE NETHERLANDS
Stichting Ontwikkelingshulp Lesotho MAealea (SOLMA) is the Foundation for Development Work Lesotho Malealea, based in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands.
SOLMA was initiated in 2007 as a fund raising organisation for the MDT in Holland (although according to our constitution we can also do projects in the whole of Lesotho). SOLMA raises funds for projects approved by the MDT. As required, SOLMA also provides the project management, and has done so in a number of cases. SOLMA (and its precursors, Gerard & Jacqueline Heijkoop) has completed the following projects:
- Water for Ha Khorong (2006)
- Water for Likhohloaneng (2008/9)
- Class rooms for the Litsokeleng School (2009/10)
- Funding for Scholarships Fund through the Eureko Achmea Foundation (The Netherlands) for about 60 orphans and/or vulnerable children for 2 years
SOLMA is recognized by the Dutch Tax Revenue Service as an ANBI, an organization working for general benefit. This means that donations to SOLMA fall under the Dutch tax regulations concerning deductibility from income (or company) tax. However, these regulations have been altered recently. One can only deduct the total gift from one’s income tax, if there is an official contract (through a notary) stating that one supports the organization with an annual gift for at least five years. SOLMA can arrange notary contracts, which will be paid out of the donation at the beginning of the five years.
Visit www.solma.web-log.nl for pictures, videos and information on SOLMA projects and visits to Malealea and to make donations.