The Botswana event was set up in 2014 by the then High Commissioner Mr Nick Pyle, the events to date have proved to be very successful, raising substantial funds for local charities.
The Botswana Foundation Trust has been established to ensure funds raised are used wisely, its Chairman is Mr Steven Williams.
The 2017 event took place at the Gaborone Golf Club, and was another very successful day enjoyed by all.
Support for 2017 / 2108 is going to:
ADORE Little Children BOTSWANA which does wonderful work not only supporting local kids and their support structures in the North of Botswana but also empowers them to start sustainable projects so they can support themselves.
SENTEBALE, the Princes Foundation in Africa which launched here less than a year ago after its great start in Lesotho. Katie, the project coordinator was joined by some of her team and, once again the room was reduced to tears of joy as they spoke of the work they are doing with kids and adolescents who are HIV+. We have pledged our support for them going long term as they set up their ‘clubs’ throughout the country and fully paid for our first club in Palapye which will be up and going by the end of October. They receive some funding from Prince Harrys fundraising efforts but need to subsidise this and become more self-sufficient as the SENTEBALE scheme is expanding through Africa slowly. They are a very professional organization with a clear roadmap and methods and is a great fit for the DoE Cup and us here in Botswana.
The third major beneficiary is still the Jwaneng Safe Space project. The feeding scheme is still running with Karen and Ango coordinating both the feeding and the school. They are continuing to register the kids and their parents so that they are visible to the Government and eligible for schooling and health care. They currently have 25 kids in school and have placed more in various schools across Botswana as their new ID’s arrive. We have pledged funds each month to help with the feeding and have made a deal with a cash and carry to open an account which we fund and then they heavily discount the goods for us as well.