The parents have mixed emotions about the project which they argue is the reason behind the surge in teenage pregnancy and children dropping out of school in the area.
Other parents contend that the project has brought a lot of development in the area, as some residents who were not employed before now have jobs which have turned their lives around.
This emerged during a tour of the area on Friday by a team composed of personnel from the Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association (LPPA) in collaboration with the District AIDS Committee.
Both outfits held dialogues with communities living around the project, to assess the root causes of issues on prevention and management of among others early and unintended pregnancy as well as child marriage.
One of the residents, ’Malillo Sebatana said they would among others like to be provided with community development programmes that would add a sense of social responsibility to the community, especially among the youth.
Even though there is no national programme whose primary mission is to reduce unintended pregnancies, Mrs Sebatana said several activities funded at state levels can have great relevance to unwanted pregnancies as they help to finance contraceptive services.
Again, she said community health centres, and migrant as well as rural health centres can also help to provide reproductive health services in various ways, appealing to the government for help.
“To manage the situation, there are successful strategies that could be used to prevent adolescent pregnancy, such as community programmes to improve social development, responsible sexual behaviour education, and improved contraceptive counselling and delivery,” she said.
Other parents argued that adolescents who may want to avoid pregnancies might not be able to do so due to knowledge gaps and misconceptions on how or where to obtain contraceptive methods as well as how to use them.
A youth from Mapholaneng, Molemong Ramosito told Metro that young adults in the area face barriers including access to contraceptives and sexual health services because they are young and unmarried.