As part of their mandate to raise financial aid for the less privileged children, the Masiela Trust Fund held their 6th Annual Fund-raising dinner last Friday.
Speaking at the dinner, Dr Gloria Somolekae urged Batswana to uphold the concept of botho and not to tire in providing assistance to the less privileged children.
“We are here because we acknowledge an ancient and still relevant African value of botho through which we are reminded all the time that when your neighbour is in need, you cannot look the other way and pretend this is not your problem,” she said.
With the plight of many children around the world, and in Africa in particular, becoming more challenging with poverty, neglect, domestic violence and abuse, crime, and in some countries, displacement have become all too familiar situations.
Somolekae urged Batswana to complement government efforts and community initiatives to support vulnerable children.
She said that the ongoing 16 Days of Activism Against Violence on Women and Children is not an annual ritual without significance.
“It’s an effort to sensitize all of us to the reality of abuse as a living reality of our time. It is a necessary effort if we are committed to building a truly safe and secure nation by 2016,” she said.
Somolekae commended the government NGO policy in recognition of the good work by NGOs and the need to have a more structured supportive relationship with them.
“The implementation of this policy is going to help further strengthen the NGO sector and enable government to effectively address some of the challenges which remain enormous, such as the care and welfare of children,” she said.
The fund-raising dinner saw donations in the form of clothes, money, shoes, amongst other pledges.
Lesthego Legal Guard presented the patron of Masiela Trust Fund, Margaret Nasha, with a donation of P60 000, with Cresta Hospitality also pledging P200 000.
Additionally, the entertaining group, Leburu and Band pledged to offer technical skills to the vulnerable children.
Receiving the donations, Nasha appreciated the efforts made to alleviate the plight of orphans in Botswana.
Masiela Trust Fund was launched in June 2001 with the aim of providing sufficient well-being and partnerships for sustained support to orphans. Masiela is currently supporting over 11,000 orphans.
The Trust has made significant achievements including provision of shelter, 70 standard housing units built in Kweneng District, Oodi, Marapong, Francistown, Selibe Phikwe, Leshibitse, Tlokweng and Artesia.