Childline Botswana has embarked on a fundraising event meant to raise P 50 000 to help them continue operations in the face of a dearth of donor funds in Botswana.
Childline Botswana is a non-governmental organisation that has been offering child protection services to Batswana since 1990. They have released a statement welcoming a pledge by Miss Layani Makwinja, former Miss Botswana Sumaiya Marope and the Women of Jazz Botswana to raise P500 000 for the organisation.
This comes in the wake of the just ended Day of the African child whose theme was, Budgeting and Planning for the child; a collective responsibility. This is especially important as childline Botswana currently has no reliable income and funding, most coporate companies that had supported the organisation have cited the economic crisis and need for cutting costs for the discontinued support. It currently costs about P150.00 per day to take care of one child with a capacity of 20 children between the ages of zero and five years. The demand for the facility continues to grow as there is always children on the waitin list.
The fund raising initiative will therefore start off with a four hundred and thirty seven kilometre walk from Francistown central to Block seven in Gaborone by Layani Makwinja. The walk will commence on the 17th July 2010 at ten o’clock in the morning and end on the 31st July 2010. Minister of Trade and Industry Honourable Dorcas Makgatho Malesu , Sumaiya Marope The Women of Jazz and other dignitaries will join Ms Makwinja on the last twenty kilometres of the walk. Sponsorship for the walk is one hundred and fifty pula per kilometre. The walk will be followed by a V.I.P jazz concert by Women of Jazz Botswana at Notwane Golf Club in Gaborone on the 5th August 2010