There were happy faces filled with laughter and food as over 150 children from the Motswedi Orphan and Destitute Centre in Mokubilo village enjoyed an afternoon of fun, games and goodies last Sunday.
Good Samaritans including members of the Francistown Art of Living organization and a church group from Orapa helped organize the Christmas party as friends of the project that has been in operation for the last twelve years.
The centre, which is located 120 kilometres west of Francistown, was formed in 2000 by residents concerned with the welfare of children who had lost their parents to HIV/AIDS.
According to one of the centre’s co-ordinators Bernadette Fungwane, their mission is to build the character of the children and integrate them with kids from all backgrounds. “We wanted them to know they are the same and we love them no matter who they are, or which family they came from,” Bernadette explained.
The centre, which has developed through the hard work of its founders and the financial support of well-wishers, has been promised a P2 million Presidential donation to build a bakery and help it become self-sufficient in 2013.