HAND THAT GIVETH: MAascom's Lebotse-Sebego handing the donation to Bona Ba Letsatsi

Mascom donated P50 000.00 to a Maun based charity organisation, Bana ba letsatsi earlier today.

The annual donation was part of the mobile network company’s social responsibility in the tourism capital, where it holds annual horse race, the Mascom Derby, during Easter holidays.

Explaining the charity, Mascom’s Chief Communications and Public Relation’s officer, Tebogo Lebotse-Sebego, indicated that every year, the company chooses a non-government organisation, in Maun to give a meaningful donation.

“The aim is to uplift the organisation which brings positive change in their communities,” Lebotse-Sebego stated.

Receiving the cheque, Taboka Rotsi of Bana ba letsatsi, said the organisation deals with orphaned and vulnerable children who come from vulnerable backgrounds: “Most of them have gone through traumatic experiences. You can imagine kids aged between 6 and 12, somebody breaking into their house and raping them because where they stay is not secure. Our kids go through a lot!”

Rotsi further explained that, children enrolled at Bana Ba Letsatsi have gone through all sorts of abuses. “Some have been told that they will never achieve anything in life, some are growing up in a home where nobody cares about education.”

The organisation however has helped these children change their mindsets about themselves, the future and are rebuilding their self esteem. Some of them had dropped out of school due to the abuses and other circumstances, but through Bana Ba Letsatsi, they are back in school.

“The P50 000 will be used towards a digital classroom. Our children are school dropouts and staying with people who do not care whether or not they attend school. Those entrusted in their care are not doing what they are supposed to do, hence we have a programme called out of school education for children,” added Rotsi.

She added that they have a psycho-social programme focusing on children who dropped out of school due to traumatic experiences they went through: “The thing is at the moment we are unable to remove them from their home environment because we do not have the capacity to house them. We counsel them. Some had dropped from school for 3 or 4 years so their peers are now in higher classes, so when they go back to school, they have self esteem issues there and we help them cope with such challenges.”

With the P50 000 donation from Mascom, there is hope for the children and Rotsi says, “the computer lab will give them the opportunity to interact with the digital world.”

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