Nayang Association, a local charitable agency that aims to help reform the lives of the underprivileged has come up with yet another project called the Shoe Drive Campaign, aimed at providing under-privileged primary school children in remote areas with school shoes.
On the evening of Friday 18th, Nayang Association and Zumba in Gabs will co-host a fun workout session at Thornhill Primary School. The workshop will be hosted by Zumba instructors from Gaborone and surrounding areas. There will be no cover charge, instead members of the public will be asked to donate pairs of school shoes for boys and girls of kiddie sizes 11 to adult 8. The event will start at 17h00 and end at 19h30. Projects and Logistics Coordinator at Nayang Association, Masego Motingwa said in an interview that it is important to restore the under privileged children’s dignity and raise awareness about their plight.
“We started this campaign back in 2013 but it only really took off in 2014. We have already given out over 600 pairs of shoes to five different schools in the Kgalagadi and Chobe districts,” said Motingwa.
She also revealed that they have received a lot of help from private companies through their various social responsibility programs.
“We are grateful for the support of the many individuals and private companies that bought into the initiative and pledged many pairs of shoes,” she said.
Nayang Association has also formed partnerships with individual Peace Corps around the country who help identify possible beneficiaries and provide them with statistics. Motingwa said the NGO Council has also been very resourceful in using teachers to identify children who need school shoes. She expressed optimism that this year’s campaign will be as successful as the previous ones.
“I urge everyone to attend this event. It’s an opportunity for people to get together, have fun and give back to the community. We anticipate positive feedback from the public and promise them a workout of their life,” she said.
Motingwa said Nayang Association intends to use its projects to uplift morale, breed positivity and self-confidence, which will in turn encourage self-sufficiency, awareness and economic sustainability for young people in remote areas.
“With their dignity retained, these young people can in turn contribute to their society and make a difference,” she said.