Letoreng — Minister of Health and Wellness, Ms Dorcas Makgato has applauded Lions Club International for their generosity and donation to construct a primary school towards Letoreng village in Sefhare/Ramokgonami constituency.
Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the primary school in Letoreng village recently, Minister Makgato, who is also Member of Parliament for Sefhare/Ramokgonami constituency, said she had to source the donation because it was disheartening to see children walking 16 km daily to get education and was happy because Gaborone Lions Club heeded her plea.
Ms Makgato said she had to take part in the Gaborone Lions Club fundraising activities for their project to be successful.
She said the construction of a primary school in Letoreng would also create employment for residents because most of the workforce would be sourced from the village.
Gaborone Lions Club president, Mr Sundar Yegnaswami said Lions Club was a vision of an enlightened individual called Melvin Jones whose aim was to bring together service minded individuals to serve their communities in an organised and ordered manner.
Mr Yegnaswami said the vision culminated 100 years later in Lions being present in 200 countries with almost 1.4 million individuals serving under the banner of 'We Serve'. Lions clubs function on a recommended business philosophy where funds that are raised are utilised in a transparent manner to guarantee that the communities are the benefactors through humanitarian, environmental, educational and health platforms.
Mr Yegnaswami also said Lions Club of Gaborone had been involved in community services in Botswana since 1970.
The latest projects, he said involved eye screening of more than 3000 individuals between ages two to 80, active involvement in environmental issues.
The organisation had also donated quality blankets and food hampers to various communities, renovated kitchen and dining hall for Pudulogong Rehabilitation Centre for the blind in Mochudi and donated 50 wheelchairs to the Ministry of Health and Wellness to be utilised in various clinics and hospitals around the country.
He said on the Centennial Year of Lions Club International, his club had a dream of doing something big which can serve the community for years to come, thus the project to build a school in Letoreng village where children were currently walking 16 km daily to get education.
He said he was optimistic that the project would promote education whilst bringing dignity and pride to the community of Letoreng.
The project, he said would be undertaken in two phases where the first phase comprised four classrooms at a cost of P1 million while the second phase would cost around P1.5 million to include the administration block and a further set of four classrooms.
Thus, he pleaded with Batswana to contribute generously to create an elite educated future generation of the region.
He said the largest individual donor during the fundraising activities of the school was Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Gladys Kokorwe who donated P10 000 on her birthday.
Ms Kokorwe, who is also a member of the Gaborone Lions Club graced the event.
Meanwhile, Kgosi Lekang Koboto of Letoreng village reiterated that children had to walk along distance to school and residents were always complaining about that during kgotla meetings with the authorities.
That, Kgosi Koboto said might have led to children from his village to perform badly at school because most of them arrived late and tired and it was possible that as a result they would fall asleep during lessons.