The Botswana Housing Corporation has come to the rescue of Dutlwe residents, erecting a state of the art Day Care and Counselling Center, which, upon completion, is envisaged to reduce the community’s long term dependency on semi-urban villages for services.
A sleepy, dull rural village in the Letlhakeng west constituency, Dutlwe obtains its primary services from Letlhakeng and Molepolole, including the city of Gaborone, which is a distance from the village and with this monumental development, the villagers are optimistic their plight has finally come to an end.
Speaking at the groundbreaking last week, Kesebonye Khimbele, the BHC property manager said that they were hampered by the economic recession but hoped that the project would go a long way to benefit not just the people of Dutlwe but also fellow kinsmen and folks from the whole of the constituency.
“Our belief is that the center will provide much needed psycho-social needs for the people affected and infected by communicable and infectious ailments. Given the concentration of such facilities in semi-urban centers, we hope to cut short your travels to places like Letlhakeng, Molepolole and Gaborone for counseling services, which, to most of us, has proven expensive,” Khimbele said, adding that he was of the conviction that “this facility will also contribute towards lessening the weight borne by authorities of extending the provision of such services to remote and other rural places like Dutlwe”.
Besides the health sector, the center is also geared to provide early childhood learning for children in the area, which the BHC official insists is a shot in the arm for the education sector.
“I have since learned that most parents from this region work as far as Letlhakeng and Molepolole, the two Kweneng District’s busiest administration and commercial centers. This results in some parents and families not knowing where to leave their young ones and those immobilized by ill-health. So let us today realize the need for this center and contribute as a community for its final existence,” he appealed.
Khimbele applauded the housing agency for the sacrifice in spite of the devastating global crunch.
“I must hasten to say today’s occasion is a demonstration of our resilience in that we were not totally eclipsed as to forget the needs of local communities,” Khimbele said, adding “our presence here as a corporate entity is also a commitment to one of our corporate values, the social responsibility.”
Whilst the value calls for Batswana to care for and be sensitive to the needs of the environment, the BHC official insists this noble practice also makes provision for us to show “our compassion towards our communities”.
“Out of that immeasurable level of compassion, the management of BHC found it appropriate to approve funds for the construction of the Day Care and Counseling Center to the tune of P310, 000.”
The BHC has for sometime embarked on a spate of corporate social responsibilities across the country as a means to ‘ploughing back to the communities we do business with’.
For their part, the residents thanked the housing agency for their humble gesture, pleading with them to come up with more plausible equipment to make the Center a reality.