First National Bank Botswana (FNBB), through the FNBB Foundation has partnered with Kagisano Society Women’s Shelter.
On Wednesday the Bank donated P200, 000.00 to Kagisano which is a rehabilitation center for abused women and children.
The donation comprised of, but not limited to, laptops, an electric fence, office furniture, air conditioners and a switchboard.
In addition, the interior and exterior of the premises were paved and painted, along with installation of new carpets, filling cabinets and a motorised gate.
The donation is expected to assist in more effective and efficient day to day administrative activities.
FNB Foundation Trustee, Reginah Vaka, applauded the Shelter on its dedication towards survivors of abuse over the years.
“The Women’s Shelter is currently one of two shelters in Botswana for survivors of domestic violence in Botswana.
Such survivors need immediate and comprehensive care and support to survive the ordeal.
Once a woman has been abused, she tends to perpetually live in fear of possible death and is highly emotionally traumatised.
In 2013 alone, this saw 655 survivors supported at the shelter.
178 of the survivors were male, some of whom were perpetrators seeking counselling,” Vaka said.
Dr. Odirile Jankey, who sits on the Kagisano Board, said there are many more cases of gender based violence that go unreported in Botswana as some victims do not have a clear understanding of ‘abuse’.
“Kagisano currently assists on average, 11 survivors of abuse a day.
The shelter counsels and prepares survivors to re-enter society as survivors and not see themselves as victims,” she said.
Vaka said the bank’s partnership with the shelter dates back to 2007 and that to date, the foundation has made donations worth P 1 294 536.00 to Kagisano Shelter.
“We foresee an even greater partnership arrangement between the Foundation and Kagisano Women’s Shelter in the not so distant future”, Vaka concluded.