Botswana has a hidden gem buried in Rasesa, a village in Kgatleng district. The place is called Canaan Farm; a serene hide out that offers the ideal, yet accessible getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city of Gaborone.
This slice of heaven is the brainchild of a lady who introduced herself as Tidimalo Kaisara, a former employee of Debswana who after 17 years retired and pursued her dream of becoming a farmer.
Kaisara’s story lends credence to the belief that if one works hard enough their dreams will eventually come true. It was through hard work and perseverance that she managed to build herself such a romantic and eye catching establishment, which clearly has potential to reach even greater heights. On May 1st, Workers Day, Batswana will have an opportunity to sample the serene beauty of Canaan Farm, thanks to the third installment of the annual Madadi Cultural Festival. Kaisara explained that the name “Madadi”, which emanates from her Tswapong roots, means “Makgela” or “unripe fruits.”
In Setswana, the youth are often referred to as “Makgela” because they are not yet fully grown. Through the Madadi Cultural Festival, Kaisara hopes to ignite the youth within the people that will be attending.
“I hope on this day we will be able to revisit the youthful days of yester year by playing games and enjoying traditional food that we probably had while we were still young at our home villages. We want to remember the past, when we were much nicer and cordial to each other; when food was healthier and properly cooked; unlike the greasy, spicy and genetically modified foods that we eat these days,” she said.
At the Madadi Cultural Festival, Kaisara promises a versatile menu comprising of strictly Setswana foods including bogobe jwa lerotse, dinawa, morogo and mptshaptsha. She promised that all the dishes will be prepared without using oils and spices. In between this mouth watering selection of traditional delicacies, attendants will be entertained by a traditional dance group from Mochudi and a young artist from Lobatse known as Pako Sebonego. There will also be traditional games to be enjoyed by both young and old.
“Apart from the fun, those games used to make us fit. Before the advent of television and computer games, children used to play outside. This was physically challenging, which made our children fit. They were not obese, unlike children of today who sit on couches all day playing computer games,” said Kaisara.
Kaisara will share proceeds from the event with members of the community, specifically 66 needy children from Rasesa Primary School, who will each receive a brand new pair of shoes.
“Even if I do not get anything out of this event I will do my best to put shoes on those children’s feet,” stated Kaisara.
For as little as P200 attendants will get to experience the beauty and grandeur of Canaan Farm and also extend a helping hand to the less fortunate children of Rasesa Primary School. The Canaan Farm also houses small stock and a wide assortment of domestic birds like chickens, turkeys, ducks and peacocks. Surely, the Madadi cultural Festival will be an amazing family outing.