Ministry of Local Government (MLG)
The fight is still on
02/11/12
Currently Botswana’s poverty levels stand at 20%. It can thus be said that this percentage can be attributed to initiatives that have been introduced of the years by the Government of Botswana such as Destitute Housing, Ipelegeng, Self Help Housing Agency (SHHA), Integrated Support Programme for Arable Agriculture (ISPAAD) and Youth Programmes but to name a few. As such in an effort to further reduce poverty levels, the Government of Botswana has introduced the Poverty Eradication Program (PEP) which is characterized by the Governments’ commitment of ensuring that no citizen is counted as being poor.

This commitment is further augmented by the availing of P155 million to finance poverty eradication initiatives for the financial year 2012/13. It is also imperative to note that while government responsibility is geared at towards the uplifting the lives of the citizens of Botswana, the eventual eradication of poverty requires close consultation with the under-privileged to identify opportunities for self-reliance, that are built on their interests, capabilities and micro-environment.

It is in this context that, a Nyeletso Lehuma Pitso will be convened in Sehunou and Motshegaletau Villages to preach the sermon that is poverty eradication. This Nyeletso Lehuma Pitso is the second of its kind (the first of which was held in Diphuduhudu Village in Kweneng District), will be held under the theme “Empowering citizens to step out of poverty”.

It is expected that 1000 beneficiaries from various villages within the Central District will be in attendance, where they will be inducted on life skills training, administrative acumen, and project management in projects of their choices, amongst these projects will be back yard gardening, leatherworks, kiosks and honey production.

It is expected that His Honour the Vice President Dr. P.H.K. Kedikilwe will officially launch the event as an indication of governments continued commitment towards absolute poverty eradication

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