Ministry of Local Government (MLG)
All together for OVCs
23/03/12
DSS and MOFAIC collabrate with Canadian School to help OVCs.

The term Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) refers to “a child below the age of 18 years who has lost one or both parents, and is any situation which is likely to adversely affect his or her physical, emotional psychological or general well being...”

It is in this context that The People’s Ministry through the Department of Social Services (DSS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC), established a relationship with Richmond Secondary School from Canada, to build a Graduation Hall within the Ark’ n Mark Campsite in Motlhabaneng Village.

During his address at the opening ceremony, which was characterised by the attendance of DPS MOFAIC- Mr. Goitsemang, Kgosi Sepoda, Councillors, a Delegation of Canadian students, the public and media, Hon. Maxwell Motowane availed that “my Ministry is a custodian of all children in Botswana, 41324 of whom are registered Orphans”.

Furthermore the Hon. Minister noted that together with its stakeholders The People’s Ministry, is dealing with issues affecting children such as orphanhood, child abuse, juvenile delinquency, forced child employment and early parenting roles.

Therefore, it can be said that the partnership to build the Graduation Hall in Motlhabaneng will augment The People’s Ministry efforts for, the provision of psycho-social and therapeutic support to orphaned and vulnerable adolescent children.

 
It is intended that the Graduation Hall will be used to host training for vulnerable children at a cheaper rate, but without compromising the structure and a quality of training. In addition to this, the centre will accommodate 45 children at a time and should be able to host up to 960 children a year.

During his address DPS Goitsemang, thanked the students of Richmond Secondary School for there efforts in demonstrating kindness to the fortunate. Furthermore, DPS Goitsemang availed that “the efforts of the students of Richmond Secondary School are in line with initiatives aimed at social security which have been introduced by His Excellency the President.”

During the opening ceremony, Mr. James Molosankwe a representative from BCL mine in Selibe Phikwe, availed a donation amounting to P25,000 as a means of being a Socially Responsible company and supporting the community in which it operates.

An in-depth look to this article can be found in the next edition of the Batho Pele Magazine.

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