Construction on the two- bedroom house started a fortnight ago with members of Gareitire tearing down the dilapidated two- roomed brick and mud structure which has been the family’s dwelling place since the early nineties and digging.
Formed in 1986 by retired footballers for recreational and social purposes the club has over the years developed a society outreach programme that has seen them do charity work all over the country.
They have also established links with social clubs in South Africa, Zambia, Swaziland and Lesotho.
Since 2003 they have had cleaning campaigns, public education on HIV/AIDS and violence, donated blankets, erected taps and built houses in places such as Francistown, Nata, Semotswane,Tati Siding, Palapye and Tonota amongst others.
As part of their effort to establish and strengthen regional connections the club his year donated blankets to underprivileged children at the Kanana Hospice in Klerksdorp, South Africa.
Speaking at the ground breaking ceremony just before construction, Richard Cox of Thusano Funeral Services whose company will bear the cost of the project alongside Filtration Africa,Buy and Build,Thomeso Industries and Loveson Enterprises thanked Gareitire for the good work they are doing.
“I am grateful for Garetire who identified this family about a year and half ago and saw the need to help. We should all be happy that we are contributing to a good cause” Cox said.
Expressing her gratitude,73-year-old Granny Makhwanye who will soon enjoy running water and electricity for the first time in her entire life said:
“God has answered my prayers through this children and I pray that he blesses them so that they may continue to help others in future. I will die happy when the time comes knowing my grandchildren have a decent place to grow up in”
Meanwhile Kgosi Edward Showa of Tatitown Customary Court who spoke at the event appealed to other social clubs and business establishments in Francistown to join in helping the less fortunate in whatever way they can.
“It is only by helping others that we can realise our dream of being a compasionate and caring nation. The business community can do a lot to help in this regard” Showa said