Monday, August 8, 2022

Botswana Red Cross Society expands footprints beyond disaster mitigation

Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) last week expanded its footprints in disaster intervention as it held a ground breaking ceremony in Gweta Village.

It was as an initiative by the organization to try and uplift the communities that are prone to disasters so that they are able to be self reliant and resilient during disasters.

During the ground breaking ceremony, the guest speaker from the Ministry of Agriculture, Rebecca Kgosi, told the participants that the initiative by the Botswana Red Cross Society is not only a disaster mitigation effort, rather it is another way of contributing to the national poverty reduction strategy.

“The Community farm will indeed compliment the government efforts to provide food security,” she said.

Kgosi added that the Gweta community farm will help to raise the livelihood and banish poverty among people. She said that the project will help promote the Agricultural sector and further reduce the effects of flood disasters, maximize the use of arable land to increase supply of food and lead to the achievement of vision 2016, so that Botswana becomes a productive and innovative nation.

“I would like to urge you, as the community of Gweta, to participate in your upliftment so that you can cope with eventualities that arise from disasters,” added Kgosi.

However, in a separate interview with the Sunday Standard, the Disaster Coordinator of BRCS, Kgomotsego Motlopi, revealed that such an initiative promotes a spirit of self reliance among these communities so that they can be able to sustain themselves without leaning on Disaster Organizations to support them every time they face disasters, such as floods, diseases and other natural disasters.

“People who are living in these disaster prone areas need to be helped to help themselves,” she said.

According to Motlopi, the initiative is a brainchild of BRCS, together with other six national societies in six countries through which the Zambezi River meanders.

She added that those countries are Angola, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
In Botswana, communities in the Chobe District as well as Nata, Zoroga, Tshokatshaa and Gweta were engaged to come up with livelihood projects that can reduce vulnerabilities and strengthen community resilience against disasters.

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