Support The Hub in Morija, Lesotho

In 2013, I arrived in Morija, a small village in Lesotho, fresh out of Harvard and on assignment to film stories of people in the area for a documentary film project. That winter, it was hard to not to fall in love with the place, the warmth of the community as all-encompassing as the freezing nights spent huddled around a fire. The internet was so bad then, that “checking my emails”, meant calling my mom from the tallest rock and getting her to read them outloud to me on the phone. I drove the 60 minutes to Maseru when I wanted a better connection.

Fast forward five years, and the situation has completely changed.

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In 2015, my friends started The Hub, a creative technology lab which provides the community with affordable access to computers, a library, the internet and digital media training. I visited in August, and the desks were filled with a range of people: teenagers researching homework assignments, children playing educational games online, and a community member working on a job proposal. In the afternoon, an Italian filmmaker showed his work to some of the Hub members interested in filmmaking. The space is open 5 days a week as a resource. They have regular workshops: on animation, photography, filmmaking, cartooning, social issues, motivational talks, you name it. For 100 maloti ($7), members can sign up for a year’s membership. It is the only space in Morija that provides affordable access to computers and the internet. There are over 300 members at present.

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What struck me most about The Hub is not only the resources it provides, but the inspired, motivated, and socially conscious community that has formed around it. In a country with a 40% youth unemployment rate, it’s providing opportunities for young people to learn, create and grow.

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Currently The Hub is staffed by three volunteers that get a monthly stipend. They are essential to the day-to-day operations of The Hub, and are talented creators in their own right. With this fundraiser, I am raising money to help fund their stipends, and other general running costs of The Hub, like rent and transport.

The Hub fosters creativity, real world-skills and community development. It is adding so much value to this village. I am so excited to see it grow from strength to strength.

Please join me in supporting The Hub!

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Perks:

€25 – Digital copy of Word Power: The Hub’s annual creative writing magazine
€50 – Above + two sponsored memberships in your name
€100 – Above + your name in the credits of the next film produced
€200 – Above + a personal video shout-out sent to you

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You can find out more about them here:

Website: thehubatmorija.co.ls 
Facebook: @thehubatmorija 
Instagram: @thehubatmorija 
Twitter: @thehubatmorija

Donations (0)

  • Jon Oldnall 
    • €45 
    • 10 mos
  • Roche Tiddens 
    • €20 
    • 10 mos
  • Hila Wever 
    • €30 
    • 10 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • €25 
    • 10 mos
  • Daniel Snaddon 
    • €20 
    • 10 mos

Organizer 

Margot Leger 
Organizer
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