Moshupa youth group mobilises donors to build a house for homeless mother
A charitable Moshupa youth group recently held a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a two-bedroomed house for a homeless woman in Moshupa.
Tshamekang Goleshwang, the mother of six whose plight came to the attention of the Moshville Face group page when the story of how she was left homeless by the rains appeared in The Voice newspaper months ago was overjoyed by the youths kind gesture.
Goleshwang, 45 could not hide her joy as she thanked organizers and sponsors on a mission to build her a decent home. “I just don’t know what to say, but I’m so happy and wish to thank everyone for finding time and seeing the need to help me,” she said.
The man leading the humanitarian campaign, Kabelo Rampe, says it all started after she read Golekwang story in The Voice and then drove past the woman’s dilapidated hut.
“It was so sad. I didn’t know the family but there was this urge in my heart to do something about the situation. I decided to mobilize other youths in the village and there was no better way than through our popular Moshville face book page. The response was so overwhelming and we never looked back.”
Rampe who sought the assistance of the business community both in Moshupa and Gaborone to make the project a reality but he now needs more sponsors to donate roofing material which he is short of.
“We knocked on so many doors and most of them agreed to come on board. We had companies such as Plascon, Pula Spar, Cash Bazaar,
Builders Merchants Botswana, Synergy and Dladleng Entertainment who sponsored the project in different ways from building materials to school uniforms and groceries but we now need someone to donate roofing material for us to finish the project.
The village chief, Kgosi Mosielele pledged 20 bags of cement and we also had Faith Mission church coming on board by offering to fence the yard,” he said.
Moshupa based Dladleng Entertainment provided the plan for the house and will be providing the labour and some of the materials to build the house up to the roof level. “Last year we had a similar event in Mmopane but we didn’t have much time to concentrate on it.
So when Kabelo Rampe approached us with the proposal for this project we did not hesitate and within five minutes we had decided to get involved.
It gives us pleasure as a company to contribute to the welfare of a fellow citizen.
Sylvia Sebina of Kansai Plascon Botswana said their contribution was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility and that they have been involved in similar activities. “We’re also glad to be giving back to the community and making other people’s lives better.
Our contribution in this project will be the provision of paint and painting whatever will be required and since this is a relatively small house the costs will be around P5000,” she said.