STUDENTS and TEACHERS RESPOND
TEAM WORK: Local workers were hired to help construct the school.Some 6,000 Adventists worship in 31 churches in the small African country of Lesotho. A region in southern Africa that never surrendered to the British, Lesotho became an independent country in 1966 and is surrounded by the Republic of South Africa. The 2.1 million residents of this mountainous and landlocked territory earn their living through agriculture, livestock, and manufacturing commodities such as electric power and apparel. Poverty is rampant—as is HIV/AIDS. Estimates indicate that in 2007 18,000 people died there as a result of AIDS.*
THE NEW SCHOOL: Construction of the school on the Maluti Hospital is almost completed.One of the difficulties faced by the hospital staff, according to DiPinto, was being able to provide a quality education for their children.
STUDENT VOLUNTEERS: Students from Adventist schools throughout the NAD traveled to Lesotho to help construct the new school.“They taught me Lesotho words and called me their sister and daughter,” Breetzke notes. “They laughed merrily at my attempts to make the clicking noises they use in their language, and they cheered when I remembered the phrases they taught me.”