Botswana Open University has recently refurbished one of the houses in SOS Children’s Village in Tlokweng. The gesture came as one of the University’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Corporate Services Ms Lesedi Lesetedi said this initiative was in line with the National Strategy, Vision 2036 and even the Sustainable Development Goals that have all been embedded in the University Strategy. 

The DVC said that a gift may come in any form and magnitude but they are all of equal importance. She said it is the responsibility of all citizens to care for one another especially those under privileged urging other institutions and organisations to come forth and assist SOS. Ms Lesetedi said the renovations included the installation of ceramic tiles, ceiling, painting of the house inside and outside and other accessories that needed to be changed.

The SOS National Director Mr Motshwari Kitso in welcoming the guests said SOS was founded in 1985 and started its operations in 1987 and has since assisted more that 695 kids who were mostly orphans and vulnerable children, (OVCs). Mr kitso added that they managed to establish a Village in Francistown in 1998 and another in Serowe in 2007. He said that these villages are meant to assist the Government by in taking care of these children. Looking at the economic developments of the country Mr Kitso said that they had thought the number of children coming to SOS would have decreased over the years but that was not to be as it has rather increased.

The National Director also cited that the Villages we first meant for locals but due to the increasing need, it now has children from of various nationalities. In 2015, SOS introduced the short-term care where children would later be released to their parents or relatives but this is failing due to circumstances beyond their control as most children end up staying longer. Mr Kitso said SOS had come up with a social and physical integration initiative where homes are now going to be set up within local communities. The Director said they have managed to establish 7 homes of this nature so far in Gaborone, Serowe and Francistown. He pleaded with those in attendance and the Government for sponsorships saying they welcome it in any form.

A representative from the School of Education of Botswana Open University (BOU) Ms Moses informed attendants that they adopted the House in SOS in 2014 providing groceries on a three (3) months intervals and some clothing mainly in December. She said the School was later joined by staff members from the School of Social Sciences in the project adding on that the two Schools of Social Sciences and Education have so far bought a TV and a decoder for the house. She said they wanted to do more but ran out of resources and thus approached the Corporate Relations and Marketing Department to assist with funds from CSR.

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