Orange Foundation has moved to elevate the spirits of the less advantaged by sponsoring charitable organizations, says Lepata Mafa, Orange Botswana’s head of legal and corporate affairs.
Speaking at the handover of funding to selected projects, Mafa said the foundation builds on the heritage of strong social investment in a variety of projects supporting children in need, students living with disability and local culture.
She said the main priority areas of the Orange Foundation Botswana are on health, education and solidarity, where solidarity refers to any emerging needs that may require attention.
She also introduced the newly appointed Orange Foundation Board of Trustees, which consists of Maleta Mogwe, Maria Machailo-Ellis, Dr Daniel Tau, Dr Themba Moeti and Thomas Motingwa.
“We have supported organizations in over 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa where the group operates,” said Mafa.
According to Mafa, the journey began in October 2011 when the Foundation made a call for proposal from non-profit making organizations to submit projects which would be founded in 2012. She revealed that 80 submissions were received, which went through a pre-selection process to end up with 13 top projects, which were assessed by Board of Trustees using a criteria that qualified applicants.
“This will be an annual activity and we are to increase the value from P700 000 yearly because we are sincerely looking forward to assist as well as support those who are like a forgotten species in our society,” said Mafa.
Central Association of the Blind and Disabled in Mahalapye got assistance worth P400 000 for the construction of a nursery school for children with disability, which offers community based rehabilitation for drop-in home based clients in the form of physiotherapy and life skills training.
Another beneficiary of the Foundation is Botswana Workcamps Association with P86 335 for the greenhouse project. Based in Mochudi, it is involved in many projects, including houses for the less fortunate members of the society.
The Association is yet to establish a green house, inclusive of a nursery, to grow vegetables and fruits to support and care for people with disability.
“We are thankful to be assisted financially and promise to account for every thebe in the implementation of the project,” said Letsholo Phokontsi.
The Botswana Association for Blind and Partially Sighted’s share was a Braille Embosser and a Cabin for a Braille Resources Centre worth P300 000. The centre is expected to improve access to information by people with sight impairment by converting ordinary literature to Braille.