Lesotho: Rehabilitation Centre turns 20
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ‘Thaba Bosiu’ Center
It was on the 2nd September, 1991, when the Thaba Bosiu Rehabilitation Centre in Lesotho started operating and opened its doors to scores of alcohol and drug dependent people to help address their specific rehabilitation and support needs. At the 20th anniversary, celebrated on the 3rd October 2011, over a hundred friends, well-wishers and former clients gathered in Maseru to commemorate two decades of dedicated and committed work.
Those who had the privilege to be at the 'birthday bash’, were treated to a varied and highly interesting programme in honour of the 20 years of existence of the Centre. The programme comprised not just the customary speeches from government representatives but also cultural activities and – last but certainly not least – a great variety of delicious local dishes!
Thaba Bosiu Rehabilitation Centre has, in the past years, helped innumerable people rediscover a life free of addiction. The strength of the Centre lies in the unparalleled quality of its treatment services nationwide and its unique therapy approach which incorporates the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual dimensions in all its care. This success story is the result of a fruitful collaboration between Blue Cross Lesotho and Norway.
The establishment of a drug rehabilitation centre in Lesotho was a dire necessity, given the complete absence of private or public therapy possibilities for addicted people and their close ones in Lesotho in the early 90s. Consequently, when Blue Cross Lesotho – drawing on the support, expertise, and experience of Blue Cross Norway – opened its Rehabilitation Centre in 1991, it helped close a gap in a country severely affected by substance misuse.
Ms Matsepo Letlola, current director of the Centre, states: “We are very grateful to see the steady growth in the impact our Centre’s activities are having. They make a real difference in the lives of our clients. And we are proud to report that since January 2005, the Centre is fully government funded, a clear sign of the commitment from the government and the centre's centrality to the country's substance misuse management strategy.”