Ladies Circle Orapa (LC5), a feminine version of the popular Roundtable men’s club in Orapa, continues to live up to its mission as seen by its commitment to community development.
In December 2013, LC5 undertook its last project for the year by painting murals at the Letlhakane Primary Hospital children’s ward in Boteti Sub District to try and put a smile on the children hospitalised at the hospital.
LC5 was established in 2012. The organisation seeks to build friendship among women and help uplift the lives of the underprivileged in the Boteti Sub District.
In an interview with The Telegraph, its Chairperson, Gaone Keitumetse, said that the project they undertook at Letlhakane Primary Hospital is very special because it allowed them an opportunity to do the actual painting and mingle with hospitalised children at the hospital.
She said that the project got the support from an art specialist and their fellow partners from Gaborone and the Orapa Round tablers.
“This was not the first time LC5 reached out to the hospital. In May 2013 the organisation donated some hampers to the hospital which comprised of soaps, tooth brushes, toothpaste and snacks among others,” Keitumetse said.
She said that the aim of their organisation is to form a partnership with the hospital and to be actively involved in its transformation so that it can cope with patients’ needs, given the number of patients the hospital receives on a daily basis.
She however said that they are looking at expanding their footprints so that they touch as many people as possible in all areas of life. She showered accolades on her team for its continued commitment to changing lives, adding that just before the children’s ward painting, they had gone to Mmatshumo settlement where they donated and served food to orphans.┬á
“We will continue working with the Boteti leadership to collectively identify charity projects that we can support. We are very grateful to have had our brothers from the Orapa Roundtable and our sisters from other branches in Botswana mainly Francistown and Gaborone working closely with us, side-by-side as we call it, in executing our mandate in 2013. The year 2014 shall be even better for┬ámore community service. We also want to establish the ladies circle in other areas and we encourage people to join the organization so that we can be able to help the needy,” she said.
LC5 comprises predominantly of Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mines female employees and non employees. The organisation currently has 10 members.