Botho University Students Raise Money for Orphans and Vulnerable Children

A group of Botho University students, in collaboration with a lecturer of the institution, successfully organised a fundraising gala dinner which collected more than P400, 000 to aid charity organisation Masiela Trust Fund in the care of orphans and vulnerable children.

The dinner was held at Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) on the 22nd of April 2016 and the Honourable Minister of Education and Skills Development Dr. Unity Dow was the Key Note Speaker.

40 tables were sold at a price of P5, 000 per table, totalling P200, 000, and further donations were given by Debswana at P200, 000, individuals at P45, 000 and Sefalana at P5, 000. Additionally, AT&T Monnakgotla pledged a monthly donation of P1, 000 and another 2, 000 from its board members.

Grand Palm pledged P6, 390 worth of vouchers; Executive Catering pledged free décor and food; while Air Botswana pledged to transport airline donations to Masiela Trust Fund; and Motor Centre pledged a monthly car service. Even the Honourable Minister herself was moved to pledge an additional P10, 000, bringing the total money raised to around P469, 000.

The project was initiated by a module Botho University students take during their first year of study, which is aimed at equipping students with the skills to identify a need in their respective communities and to develop different strategies to serve those needs. Groups of students are given the responsibility of developing a unique project, with the support of their lecturer, which helps to overcome a social problem in the community. Since this student project was first introduced in 2010 there have been many success stories and this is one of them.

The students who initiated this inspiring project, which they fittingly titled ‘It takes a village to raise a child’, were Botho Bernard, Bakang Moxhamae, Tshepo Fane and Tebo Semmo. They were supported by their lecturer Ms. Loniah Motsie.