Skills & Soup in 2022

In partnership with Glasswaters Foundation and Dolen Cymru, Skills & Soup continues to provide 100 children in Morija and surrounding communities with weekly nutritional meals, life skills, and after-school tuition.

Overview of The Hub’s Skills & Soup programming
  • 100 weekly participants range in age from 8-18 from Morija and surrounding villages.
  • The participants attend the programming free of charge.
  • Provides after-school tutoring in IT, maths, English, science, technology, coding, mental well-being, and sign language lessons, as well as daily programming during school holidays.
  • Skills & Soup works toward lowering the incidence of gender-based violence through life skills and mental health programming which educates participants about the definitions of sexual abuse and where to find help if they are being abused.
  • Skills & Soup programming also emphasises gender equality, mutual respect and caring, and healthy coping mechanisms as ways of reducing the incidence of gender-based violence in future generations.
Skills & Soup in 2022

Through January – December 2022:

  • 253 sessions held
  • 5,060 hot meals served
  • 5,060 take-home rations served
Meals at Skills & Soup
  • Prepared by Cafe Mojo, a female-owned and run business.
  • Daily highly nutritious hot meal includes protein, starch, vegetables.
  • Daily highly nutritious take-home ration includes 2 loaves of locally baked fortified brown bread, peanut butter, boiled egg, fruit.
  • The Hub has eliminated single-use plastic by having participants bring their own reusable lunch containers.
Skills & Soup catering supports local businesses in Morija by purchasing:
  • 200 loaves of bread from a local bakery weekly.
  • Eggs and seasonal vegetables from local farmers weekly.
Recent M&E quotations from our Skills & Soup participants, reflecting the impact of our weekly nutritional and educational programming:
Skills & Soup participants on their meals:
  • “I always share the bread with my siblings and we make a lunch box the following day.”
  • “Sometimes I leave home with an empty stomach and this is where the food makes a difference, especially the take-home ration.”
  • “Sometimes at home we are without food, the food at S&S enables me to eat during such times.”
  • “I feel energized after eating and I am able to actively participate during the lessons.”
  • “I have the opportunity to eat a variety of food and the take-home ration enables me to have a lunch box the following day, which I hardly have on other days.”
  • “When I left home on an empty stomach I know that at least I will eat a good meal when I get here.”
  • “At Skills & Soup I have a chance of changing a meal, almost daily at home it’s either there is no food or we have pap with cabbage or spinach.”
  • “I learned that if we are in class, but hungry, we can’t focus and hear anything. So I have learned that food and a good diet is important for our educational development.”
  • “Sometimes at home there is nothing to eat in the afternoon, the food helps me when there is such a crisis at home.”
  • “Our facilitators love us and care for us a lot. They ensure that nobody goes home hungry and sleeps on an empty stomach. So I have learned and experienced what love is.”
Skills & Soup participants on educational tutoring:
  • “I have learnt the importance of taking my studies seriously.”
  • “I learned about how to be a good reader and an active participant in my country in building it positively.”
  • “I now participate in school activities including English debate.”
  • “I learned that it is very important to read books.”
  • “I learned the importance of being able to communicate with all kinds of people.”
  • “I’m getting more fluent with English because of our interactions at Skills & Soup.”
  • “I like it when we don’t understand our school subjects, that is where Skills & Soup comes in with tutoring.
Skills & Soup participants on well-being tutoring:
  • “When I have stress I am no longer isolating myself from other people, I go out and play.”
  • “I learned to accept myself the way I am and to love myself”
  • “I have learned to be good with resolving conflicts.”
  • “I am confident and I can stand peer pressure. I am able to take my stand and make positive decisions.”
  • “I liked learning about child abuse. She taught me that if a girl is sexually abused, it must be reported to the police station. She also taught me that I must not abuse other children.”
  • “I have learned to respect and to take care of other kids and to have self-confidence even when mocked or rejected by other kids due to vulnerability.”
  • “The lessons helped to take care of myself and my friends by understanding the importance of abiding with Covid-19 regulations.”
In 2022, The Hub expanded Skills & Soup:
  • Bringing back Hub Talks – monthly motivational talks by visiting entrepreneurs, artists, professionals and activists.
  • Skills & Soup outreach – monthly outreach to rural, digitally excluded schools to provide an introduction to coding using tablets and Scratch, as well as mental well-being lessons.
  • Visiting psychologist – monthly visits by Lebohang Bereng, a professional psychologist, to provide psychosocial support for Skills & Soup participants.
  • Well-being outreach – bi-weekly outreach to local schools to discuss issues youth are faced with, and healthy ways to cope with the problems.
  • Well-being for teachers – monthly well-being support for local teachers.

‘Ke Batla Ho Bua’ Wins at Lesotho Film Festival

Ke Batla Ho Bua, a short film produced by The Hub in 2021, won the award for Best Short Film at Lesotho Film Festival in December 2022! The Hub hosted Lesotho Film Festival in November.

Ke Batla Ho Bua tackles the scale and impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and how difficult it was for children to cope with. Many were left feeling afraid, lonely, anxious, and concerned for their future. They had questions, and were looking to adults to set good examples and help them through the difficult time. Watch the film below:

The film stars Tokelo Molato, a 9-year-old rapper, actor and dancer from Morija. Tokelo started rapping at the age of 5 by imitating his older brother, Liteboho’s songs. From an early age, Tokelo enjoyed watching cartoons and childrens’ films, and imitating the characters while watching. His brother introduced him to acting and rapping.

Tokelo has been an actor in short films and performed in some of The Hub’s music projects and events. He is also a participant of Skills & Soup at The Hub.

Tokelo hopes to study performing arts when he grows up, and The Hub aims to support him in finding a scholarship for his studies outside of Lesotho. Contact The Hub if you are interested in supporting Tokelo!

Many thanks to the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa for supporting the production of Ke Batla Ho Bua, and to Tokelo for his stellar acting work, as well as Liteboho Molato, Tsebo Makakole, and Selebalo Molefe for voiceover recording, film directing, cinematography and editing!

Below is a retweet of Tokelo in Nthoe Tjena by The Hub, re-Tweeted by Nasty C with 17,500 views:

NXT Podcast Bootcamp

From December 5-9, 2022 Maleshoane Mohanoe represented The Hub at a NXT Podcast Bootcamp in Windhoek, Namibia. The bootcamp was organised by the Namibia Media Trust, with support from DW Akademie.

The NXT Podcast Bootcamp focused on user-centred format development, journalistic information and content production, podcast production process as well as distribution and discovery, including:

  • in-depth podcast training with two leading podcasting experts
  • innovative approaches to experiment with new podcast formats and audience development
  • one-on-one coaching in the podcast production phase and access to mentors
  • bringing together participating podcasters from Namibia, Zambia, Lesotho, Botswana, Malawi & Zimbabwe for an interactive and future-oriented exchange

Why Podcast?

Podcasts are growing in popularity on the African continent, especially amongst young audiences who increasingly seek individualised content to consume whenever and wherever it suits them. Podcasts encourage formats that allow deeper focus on content as well as stronger engagement. Podcasts can meet the increased demand for reliable and in-depth information. This is why the Namibia Media Trust is supporting media houses, civil society and independent content creators to develop, produce and distribute new on-demand audio formats. The NXT Podcast Bootcamp enabled teams to develop their skills and capacity to innovate and position themselves as a pioneer in the emerging African podcasting landscape.

Thanks to the Namibia Media Trust for inviting The Hub, look out for our podcasts coming soon!

Hour of Code 2022

After a break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Hub was able to host Hour of Code again from December 5-9, 2022! Our Skills & Soup participants had fun coding dance parties and more!

The Hour of Code is organized by, and is a global movement in 180+ countries, with 61,437 events registered in 2022. Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science.

Since 2016, The Hub has taken part in the annual event, but it doesn’t stop there! Led by Thejane Malakane, participants at Skills & Soup and at our outreach sessions in digitally excluded communities regularly learn coding by playing Scratch.

Learning to code doesn’t just set students up for career opportunities later on in life; it also provides a host of soft skills and benefits.

Reasons Why Kids Should Learn to Code

7 Reasons why kids should learn to code:

1. Coding boosts problem-solving skills

2. Coding improves computational thinking

3. Coding encourages persistence

4. Coding teaches creativity

5. Coding helps teach digital literacy

6. Coding is a career-building skill

7. Coding improves confidence and communication skills

In addition to our weekly Skills & Soup participants joining Hour of Code, “Sir”, as the participants call him, Thejane Malakane walked for more than an hour (one way) with 16 of his students from Toloane Primary School to partake in Hour of Code at The Hub!

Special thanks to Glasswaters Foundation for their support of Skills & Soup at The Hub! Thanks also to Vodacom Lesotho Foundation for providing The Hub with high-speed internet!

Lesotho Film Festival at The Hub

The Hub hosted Lesotho Film Festival on November 23, 2022. We enjoyed watching local films about Bacha Shutdown, heritage in the Morija region, and more! The afternoon left us inspired to keep creating and telling stories from Lesotho.

Two of The Hub’s films are part of the festival this year:

Ke Batla Ho Bua by The Hub, directed by Liteboho Molato

Re Ipate Kae? by The Hub featuring Queen Mo, directed by Sehlabaka Rampeta

Thanks to Lesotho Film Festival for screening the following films at The Hub:

Two Countries by Motikoe Khiba

Siriti by Tšepiso Mahase

Motlalentoa by Katleho Monyako and Khotso Monyako

Mitsa by Moleboheng Khothatso

Soul Connected by Ayesha Khuele

To find out more dates and locations for free film screenings, follow this link!

Thanks to The Hub Team for making the event a success!