Lesotho might be a tiny landlocked country, nestled between the Drakensberg and Maloti mountain ranges but it is a country with a big heart. It is entirely surrounded by South Africa, and from 25 to 27 May 2017 four South Africans from the Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) were nestled between these very same mountains.
Advocate Bokang Martin Mohanoe from the Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights Watch invited the CAAC staff to Maseru to present a workshop titled, 'No Parents, No Progress', 'Ntle le batsoali , Ha ho tsoelo pele' to parents of children with disabilities. During the two day visit, the CAAC team, Prof Bornman, Dr Johnson, Ms Morwane and Mrs White also met with the Advocacy Team for Inclusion (ATI), Dr Lefoka, Dr Leshota, Dr Maseho, Khosi Rejake and Hlonie Mohasi The meeting, aimed at exploring possible future research and training collaboration, took place at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) with its picturesque sandstone buildings in Roma.
The disability workshop was sponsored by the former prime minister of Lesotho’s wife, Mme Liabiloe Ramoholi, who wanted to raise general disability awareness among parents and communities in Lesotho. The CAAC team presented the workshop to more than 200 politicians, parliamentarians and parents and other caregivers of children with disabilities and the feedback received was positive. We look forward to the future collaboration that will emerge from this visit to Lesotho.