Gamodubu — Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Ms Botlogile Tshireletso has commended African Diplomatic Missions based and accredited to Botswana for the good spirit they have demonstrated by donating over P30 000 worth of groceries and stationary to Gamodubu Orphanage Centre.
Ms Tshireletso said this when receiving the goods on behalf of the centre at a handover ceremony held at Gamodubu Child Care Trust on Saturday.
The minister therefore stressed that Botswana needed compassionate people and the gesture by the diplomatic missions based in the country had further demonstrated true African values.
In her statement on the Africa Day celebrations, Minister Tshireletso sent a strong message to all refugees in foreign countries to go back to their countries, saying that true opportunities await them and they too should assist in building the 'Africa we want,' which is tolerant, compassionate, secure and prosperous.
Dean of the African Diplomatic Missions in Botswana Mr Domingos Fernandes said the 25th of May was a special day for Africa. He explained that the Diplomatic Missions based and accredited to Botswana had therefore chosen to celebrate the African Day in a special way by sharing with children and elderly people of Gamodubu Orphanage Centre some food items, blankets and stationery.
Mr Fernandes further indicated that through the celebration, the African people acknowledged the successes of OAU and its successor the AU, from its creation on May 25, 1963.
He also highlighted that the day reminded African people the need to reflect on the progress that Africa had made while reflecting upon the common challenges that the continent faced in the fast changing global environment.
Their gesture, he said, would make a significant impact to the children in the centre.
Moreover, he said the Diplomatic Missions recognised the AU belief that school feeding contributed to attainment of Agenda 2063 by helping families in need and ensuring that all children are able to access education from early childhood.
Mr Fernandes further acknowledged that although Botswana may not have its citizens as refugees, some of the children at Gamodubu orphanage may be internally displaced from their families, hence a solution to being cared for at the orphanage centre.
The donation, he said, fulfilled this year's theme; Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa."
He nonetheless stated that the diplomatic missions believed that children at the orphanage had great potential to contribute to shaping society and lead it to social and economic renewal.
He said they also believed that voices of children should be heard and be respected as they were the future.
The African diplomatic missions that made the contribution in support of volunteers and guardians' efforts at the centre were, Zambian, South African, Mozambican, Kenyan, Nigerian and Namibian high commissions as well as Angolan, Algerian, and Zimbabwean embassies.
For her part, founder and coordinator of the orphanage Ms Shirley Madikwe thanked the African diplomatic missions for the donations.
She said the good spirit they had demonstrated was in recognition of the work that they did, which was solemnly based on love.
Ms Madikwe explained that she started the centre so that she could reach out to the down trodden and less privileged people because his father suffered the same fate, hence her passion to do good to others.
Source : BOPA