Each child at Beautiful Gate is a valuable part of our family. They each have an identity and personality that is only theirs. In order to properly care for each child's needs, we have an operating expense of 4 million Rand annually. When broken down it costs Beautiful Gate approximately R5,000 (~$415) per month to care for one child. This cost covers the child's food and medical costs, the staffing costs to provide quality care for each child, and the utilities to provide a safe environment for the child to live and grow in. Are you able to support a child for a month? Are you able to support a child for a year?
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It has been a long-time dream of Beautiful Gate Lesotho's board and management to expand our services to other districts of Lesotho. It is with great excitement and joy that we announce we are taking our first steps to making this dream a reality. At the end of 2017 Beautiful Gate Lesotho was gifted a plot of land in Peka, Leribe (roughly 1.5 hours from our Maseru campus). Through a generous financial gift we were also able to purchase some surrounding land in order to have a big enough property to accommodate a new childcare centre. As we care for children between the ages of birth and five years old at our Maseru campus, our current goal is for our new campus to cater to children six years old and above. We also hope to create a more focused care and development program for children with special needs.
Our next steps for this project include putting up a fence around the new property and procuring the services of an architect and a quantity surveyor as we prepare to develop the land and build our new facility. The estimated cost for the fencing is R1,020,000 (~$85,000). The estimated professional fees for the architect and surveyor are R30,000 (~$2,500).
Beautiful Gate hopes to begin a shuttle service as a new income-generating project to help offset the fundraising for our annual operational costs. Outreach teams visiting and serving at Beautiful Gate would be given first priority for this service, followed by other Beautiful Gate related needs. The service would also be open to groups/individuals outside of Beautiful Gate (e.g. other missionary organizations, non-profits, etc.) based on availability. We have already begun collecting funds to purchase a start-up 16-seater vehicle at an estimated cost of R650,000 (~$54,000).
Sefate Sa Bophelo
The preschool on Beautiful Gate's campus is rented out to Sefate Sa Bophelo English Medium School. This school serves both the children of preschool age at Beautiful Gate as well the surrounding Ha Thetsane Community. The school is currently in need of adding an additional classroom to better serve the children. The estimated cost of this project is R150,000 (~$12,450).
The Avani Hotel has generously gifted us their lightly used generator free of charge! It is bigger and more powerful than our current one and will be able to power the whole of our campus. Thank you to our friends at Avani and to Ntate Moremi Sojane of Amalgamated Engineering Solutions for organizing the donation.
We are grateful to a number of international donors who, together through their generous financial support, made it possible for us to purchase a gently used work truck that our maintenance department will be able to utilize for many years to come.
We thank one of our volunteer teams from Canada for graciously providing the funds to purchase a new medical fridge for our on-campus clinic after our previous one broke down. Our children's medications can once again be stored on campus, freeing up much of our nurse's time to provide care for the children and staff.