This week, King Letsie III of Lesotho announced and presented several plans to fight the coronavirus pandemic. For his part, his wife, Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso created a fund, the Covid-19 Obe Lesotho. The Queen wishes to mobilize all the Basotho and friends of the country, especially the South Africans, who are called to make a donation for the fight against the virus.
Queen Masenate launched this week the Covid-19 Obe Lesotho fund, intended to help all those who will be affected by the crisis. The name Obe was chosen to designate this foundation, in reference to the story of Obe, a mythical animal which, according to local beliefs, attacked people during the night. The animal grabbed its victims, howling in the night. They managed to free themselves from Obe once they had left their wealth or their property. Obe started again the next day, taking on other victims. In the end, the men succeeded in defeating Obe, by pooling their forces and their weapons.
“Today we are faced with a real monster. Covid-19 is the current version of Obe, “said Pali Lehohla, president of the Queen of Lesotho Charity Foundation and the new fund. She recalls that the virus “goes around the world and wreaks havoc. Lesotho wants to face this monster ”. You can donate here.
Lesotho is a small country with a population of around 2.1 million. Known as the “Mountain Kingdom”, the country has a unique landscape which affects the distribution of its populations. With South Africa as the main allied country, with which the Basotho feel very close, Queen Masenate hopes that the South Africans will participate in the collection, in a surge of generosity for their neighbors.