Botswana Savings Bank (BSB) has pledged to help government in her initiatives to eradicate poverty.
The Managing Director of BSB Leatile Maine said he believes the introduction of the poverty eradication programme is a perfect initiative that calls for participation of all stakeholders.
Speaking at the Annual Youth Empowerment against Crime and HIV/AIDS commemoration at Tsamaya Village, Maine said; “Just like the government, the bank has got a programme aimed at eradicating abject poverty amongst the citizenly.”
He said the poverty alleviation programme is aimed at augmenting government efforts in the fight against pockets of deficiency in the North Eastern part of the country.
He said there is need for the corporate world to be involved in alleviating poverty because the government cannot manage it alone.
The villages of Tsamaya, Mabudzane, Siviya, Jackalas II and Themashanga received a donation of P30 000 from BSB towards the construction of a multipurpose hall at Tsamaya village.
A number of income generating projects administered by the youth from the community will be done at the multipurpose hall.
It is envisaged that the youths in the five villages will operate internet cafes, secretariat offices and a recreational hall.
“The project is expected to help the youths out of poverty and reduce their involvement in alcohol and drug abuse,” said Maine.
He added the idea is to make the youths in the villages of Tsamaya, Themashanga, Jackalas II, Siviya and Mabudzane self-reliant.
Accepting the donation on behalf of the NED, Kgosi Thabo Maruje III Masunga said the contribution will go a long way in addressing issues of crime and the HIV pandemic.
“Indeed a landmark achievement of BSB and NED turning five years of a special and growing relationship is worth celebrating,” said Kgosi Maruje III.
The programme was established and launched in 2008. In July 2009, a new look project was unveiled with BSB coming on board as the main sponsor of the event.
Over the years, people of the five villages have been coming together annually to deliberate on and bringing solutions to complex matters like crime and HIV/AIDS as well as build relations and trust in the community.