The World Vision/William Carey, School to School, Maphutseng Partnership began in 2007 as a farewell gift to the departing Principal, Mr Warwick Wilkie. Maphutseng is a region in Lesotho, a small, mountainous landlocked country in the south of Africa.
The aim of the project was for William Carey to support the community of Maphutseng by raising funds to provide facilities that benefit the whole community. To date our contributions have improved the local Bethesda High School.
Currently we are joining with Georges River Grammar school to provide funds for the provision of a bridge over the Maphutseng River. This river cuts through the community and, when high, prevents many children from going to school. Whilst trying to cross some children have been swept away by the cold water.
The other priority is to provide food security for the orphans and vulnerable children of Maphutseng.
Over the last few years students were selected to become World Vision/William Carey Student Ambassadors to Maphutseng. During school holidays these students flew out of Sydney for Lesotho. They spent thirteen days in Lesotho and visited the local World Vision office, sharing lessons and school life with the students of Bethesda High and even working in the village of Maphutseng doing household chores like cleaning, fetching water from the local spring one kilometre away, preparing a meal, picking produce and herding cattle. They also visited an orphanage, met two World Vision sponsor children, attended the local church service and were able to experience a little of the difficulty of living life with poverty and AIDS as constant companions to those who live this way every day.
Since these students have returned to Australia they have continued to be very active in the Maphutseng Partnership in their new capacity of Student Ambassadors. They have addressed assemblies of students at William Carey, have attended a World Vision Youth rally and attend regular meetings with the rest of the Maphutseng Committee.
We thank you for your support as we seek to, not only assist those less fortunate than ourselves, but to equip our students with a global perspective and a spirit of generosity.
If you would like to be involved or have access to regular updates please join our group on Facebook. We also have sponsorship opportunities available for a number of children in the Maphutseng Valley through World Vision, for just $48 a month one family could make a huge difference in a child’s life. Please contact the school on 9608 2277 to learn more.