Mampho Mokoenihi, the founder and Overseer of Likoting Orphanage Centre in Lesotho, looked down at the 34 packages neatly laid out on the ground before her with tears of joy in her eyes.

“We are very grateful for this support as the children in this orphanage are very poor and struggling daily to put food in the mouth,” she said, addressing the large crowd in front of her. “While this is only short-term support, it is highly appreciated as the children will have three proper meals a day.”

An intrinsic part of Send a Cow’s values is the pass-on. This means that every farmer who receives the gift of livestock commits to passing on the first born to another family in need. Every year Send a Cow Lesotho staff select an orphanage or area with orphans to pass-on the gift.

“It is a way for us to practice and live our own values,” says John Lepele, the outgoing Lesotho Country Director. “Each staff member makes a contribution to the gift, which could be money, clothes or food items. We also go to our suppliers to give them the opportunity to contribute. The funds and items raised are then combined and divided amongst the children.”


It is a way for us to practice and live our own values

The Likoting Orphanage centre supports 34 orphans, boys and girls aged 4 to 18 years. From the contributions received from staff and suppliers a combination of packages were put together, which included maize meal, bread flour, cooking oil, tinned food and a variety of toiletries.

The packages were presented at a ceremony, attended by Send a Cow Lesotho staff, the District Administrator, District Agricultural Officer, Area Councillor, Member of Parliament, Principal Chief and Mampho Mokoenihi, the orphanage founder.

The ceremony commenced with a prayer. Guests then toured the grounds of the orphanage, where Send a Cow practices were prevalent, including keyhole gardens, fuel saving stoves and tip taps.

As each child stepped forward to receive their package, children from the nearby high school “spiced the air with songs” and then Matseliso Mafusing, a secondary school student and one of the orphans came forward to give thanks.


Working with community groups is a core to the Send a Cow approach, as bringing individuals and families together provides them with the opportunity to share skills and provide support

 “On behalf of the orphans who were received the gifts, I thank Send a Cow a lot. We feel fortunate that we were chosen and wish Send a Cow growth and success in their various works.  We also want to say thank you for the agricultural skills we have been taught.  As a result of these trainings we have been able to produce a variety of vegetables planted in keyhole gardens.”

Working with community groups is core to the Send a Cow approach, as bringing individuals and families together provides them with the opportunity to share skills and provide support, which makes the individual stronger and more resilient to any challenges that may come their way.

“The ceremony today was an incredible example of what we can achieve by coming together,” continues John.  “It humbles us greatly to witness group members sharing what they’ve learnt with others in need. This is what sets Send a Cow apart and we are all immensely proud to be a part of this family.”