Debswana Corporate Social Investment Programme has come to the rescue of the Botswana Society of the Deaf in Ramotswa.
The company has committed P250 000.00 towards the renovation of the boys hostel roofing and the sewage. The dilapidated boys’ hostels forced the school authorities to have the boys and girls share their hostels as they did not have anywhere to accommodate them.
“Projects such as that of Botswana Society for the Deaf are close to Debswana’s heart. We are passionate about our association with these entities as they give our children, brothers, sisters a spirit of moral courage. It is this character that will go a long way in shaping Botswana’s destiny,” reads a statement from Debswana.
The renovation is scheduled to be completed at the end of November 2006.
The Botswana Society for the Deaf was established in 1979 with six children and was funded by the German organisation named Christoffel Blinden Mission (CBM) until 1996.
Currently the school consists of about 127 children, 66 boys and 61 girls with age ranging from three years to eighteen years of age. The centre has nursery and pupils from standard one to standard seven.
“The school authority saw it fit to have a nursery so that the children should learn their first language which is sign language at a tender age.”
To date, Debswana through its Corporate Social Investment programme, has committed over P1.2 million to various centres of the disabled in Botswana.