FNB Foundation Botswana recently donated P300 000 to Children in the Wilderness Botswana, a program dedicated to helping children whose childhoods have been interrupted and disrupted by poor health, poverty and HIV-Aids.
The funds are meant to cover the costs of treating 96 children to a six-day camp out at Jacana Camp and Kingspool in the Okavango Delta. Inclusive in the funding are costs for eight follow-up sessions for the children at their various villages throughout the year.
Children in the Wilderness Botswana helps Batswana children to learn more about the environment around them whilst at the same time developing their life skills and leadership capabilities. Orphans and vulnerable children’s well-being and security are some of the concerns of the FNB Foundation Trust.
Children in the Wilderness Botswana is a registered non-profit making children’s welfare and educational program. The program hosts disadvantaged children, aged between 10 and 17 years from Maun and the rural villages that surround the delta, for periods of up to six days in safari camps in the Okavango Delta. This initiative started in December 2001 and has to date hosted over a 1000 children free of charge. This year the children attending the camp are from Maun, Sankoyo, Tubu, Beetsha, Gudigwa, Gunutsoga and Seronga.
The coordinator of Children in the Wilderness Botswana Geoffrey Aupiti said, “It is a great honour to have gained the support of such a reputable, locally based foundation. The FNB Foundation has done a lot of wonderful work with similar programmes, and we are privileged to be a part of this family.”
The FNB Foundation Fund Administrator Bomolemo Selaledi remarked that it was FNB’s duty to help disadvantaged children in whatever way possible in order to improve their living conditions.
FNB Foundation was established in 2001 as FNBB’s main social investment vehicle. The Foundation offers assistance to formally constituted non-governmental and non-commercial organizations whose activities aim to improve for the general welfare of Batswana.