A group of youth organisations, the Consortium of Lesotho Youth Organisations (CLYO), recently held a four-day conference at Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village in which the organisation was looking back on its achievements since its formation in 2015. The conference started on March 29 and closed on the 1st of April 2017.
The CLYO was formed with the aim of bringing together youth organisations that have something to do with youth activities in such areas as business opportunities, sports, health, fund-raising and other related
The consortium was formed by Hands of Life cycling organisation, Youth Aids-Free Foundation, Wise Youth Vision Africa, Thaba-Bosiu Sports and Talent, Association of women in small business, Basotho start-up network, Empowerment Forum of the Youth, Lesotho Butterfly Century organization, Rainbow Nation and Campus Development Partners.
Founder of Hand of Life cycling organization, Tšepo Nkhabu said the consortium is helping them a lot as different organization and he said they have firm hope that when they are together their voices can be heard.
Consortium chairperson Thabiso Mothibeli said this was their second conference since its formation and said the purpose of the organization was to coordinate Lesotho youth organizations and raise funds for their activities. It was under this ideals that a conference was organized to see if the organization is fulfilling its mandate and to give the affiliating organizations a platform to discuss and share ideas.
“The conference also acts as a platform for the youths to share their different day to day challenges they encounter in running their organizations and they all advised each other on how to solve all the problems,” said Mothibeli.
Mothibeli said the conference discovered that the organizations were not growing as they were losing capacity and he said the major problem leading to downfall of the organization is lack of funds to execute their day-to-day activities. However, the conference came out with a new strategic plan which incorporates new ways raising and administering the donated funds.
Conference facilitator, Cooper Mykers, Head of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) in Lesotho said from what they discovered, most donors were still afraid to invest their money in these youths as they believe they are not mature enough to manage the funds. Mykers said UNV was assisting the consortium to raise funds and how to work other stakeholders and partners in the development field.