I am Ntiata Hlao, a single mother with physical disabilities. I was trained at Itjareng Vocational training Centre from 1988 – 1989. I was trained in knitting and sewing. I use two calipers and crutches in order to get around.
I struggle very much because I do not have any material to continue with what I learned at Itjareng. I also don’t have any money to purchase material to do knitting or sewing. As a mother, I have to help my child with school fees, food, and clothing, but it is very difficult to support her and fulfill my family’s needs.
I have always gone out of the house to find whatever I can do to make money to help myself and my child but nowadays I am stuck at home. I would continue to go out, but my calipers and crutches are all broken. I tried to go to the hospital and look for help. I did not get any help; they told me I was supposed to have proof from the government (the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare). It was then that I realized that Queen Memorial Hospital is not the Government Hospital like Queen II Hospital. At Queen II I used to get everything that I needed relating to my disability.
I now have to crawl whenever I need something around the village, and even when I go to Maseru to get the M100.00 that I get every month. I finally got the wheelchair from Lesotho National Association of the Physically Disabled (LNAPD), through Extension office. I would like to thank this help because I will then be able to go around.