Action Lesotho is managed by an unpaid voluntary Board of Directors in Ireland and a staff of ten in Lesotho, including an In-Country Director. This is complemented by a team of part-time workers, volunteers and consultants.
Staff in Lesotho:
Thapelo Khasela (Senior Project and Financial Co-Ordinator) – has worked with us for four years. A local man with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the National University of Lesotho, Thapelo originally joined us as volunteer. He is familiar with every aspect of our operation, from having worked with us at everything from driver of the Malimpho Healthcare Programme to being our Sales Purchasing and Distribution Co-Ordinator and currently oversees all of our on-going projects in Lesotho.
Molemo Lethea (Farm Manager) – has 6 years of successful commercial farming experience. Severe drought and adverse climate conditions have encouraged the farm to diversify and trial more resistant crops such as winter wheat, sorghum and beans. He spent 3 months working on farms in Ireland which gave an opportunity to learn from and compare notes with Irish agriculturalists. He is responsible for managing the Action Lesotho model farm and works with local landowners to encourage them to maximize the potential of their lands.
Mats’ireletso Kanetsi (Children’s Programme Officer) – is a diploma graduate in Lesotho College of Education inSecondary teaching. She is responsible for the children’s programme; she manages the support services for nutrition, health care and education to the orphans and vulnerable children at the centre.
Marethabile Lalane (Children’s Programme Assistant) – graduated with a diploma in primary education from Lesotho College of Education. She is responsible for assisting the Children’s Programme Officer in helping children academically and assists with the nutrition and health care services.
Makamohelo Futho (Nurse) – is a Registered Nurse who works for Action Lesotho part-time. She is responsible for counselling and healthcare services forclients in the Malimpho Programme & assessing the health of children on the weekend programme.
Mahlonepho Makirika (Action Lesotho Administrator) – graduated from Career Development Training Institute with Secretarial & Administrative Studies. She has been working with Action Lesotho as the Administrator since 2014 September. She provides administrative support to all projects and coordinates our social media and PR.
Malefetsane Mabesele (Miller) – operates the hammer mill & is a farm labourer.
Salang Lehlatsoa (Farm Assistant) – looks after the dairy cow/s and vegetable gardens and is a general farm labourer.
Board of Directors:
Paul Hanrahan (Chairman) – a businessman who has started several enterprises. He provides advice to the team in Lesotho on general development issues and enterprise.
David Buttimer (Company Secretary & Treasurer) – a retired economist who has managed several businesses. He is responsible for financial governance within Action Lesotho.
Brian Flaherty, MVB, MApplSc, MRCVS – a farmer & veterinary surgeon who provides agricultural advice and mentoring to the farm team in Lesotho
Eileen Coates, MA, NCEA – ceramics artist & retired university lecturer. She sits on the Skills & Training and Enterprise sub-committees and is responsible for Action Lesotho’s development education activities.
Pauline Carroll –
Dr Jacqui O’Riordan, MA, PhD – Senior Lecturer in University College Cork with experience of social research in Tanzania and Lesotho. She is chairperson of the Skills & Training sub-committee, with a special interest in education.
Dr Diane Foord, MB.Bch.DCH. – is a General Practitioner with experience in Lesotho. She provides advice on the health & nutrition aspects of the projects and mentors our nurse.
Clare Heardman, BSc, MSc, is a Civil Servant who is responsible for producing the Action Lesotho newsletter and managing our online presence (website, Facebook & Twitter).
Consultants and Voluntary Advisors:
Anne Ritchie, International Craft Marketing Consultant, Spain.
Morag Tweedie, artist and lecturer in Art, Design & Textiles, Orkney.
Anne Ferguson, craft & design practitioner and lecturer, Glasgow.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Training Programme
Nick Allen, Consultant in Enterprise & Innovation, Dublin.
Maurice Knightly, Lecturer at UCD’s Innovation Academy, Dublin.
Carl von Maltitz (Community Agricultural Enterprise Trainer) – is an experienced South African farmer who works part-time for Action Lesotho. He acted as an Agricultural Advisor to the farm for 3 years before specializing in Innovation and Entrepreneurship trainings for agriculture. His role is to work with community agricultural groups providing training, mentoring, monitoring and evaluation to individuals and groups in the Leribe District who hope to create their living from agriculture.
Teresa Moriarty, Trainer of Teachers in TEFL, Co. Kerry.
Gertrude Cotter, MA/Msc Dev Mgt Development Management & Intercultural Communications UCC, Cork.
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