Gaborone — There is need for all to work towards the development of the family, community and nation by 2036 says Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism, Ms Philda Kereng.
Handing over 128 walking sticks and a cheque amounting to P5 677 to Botswana Association of the Blind and Partial Sighted (BABPS) in Gaborone last Thursday, the minister applauded the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) for their support to the needy as well as disadvantaged members of society.She said DEA chose to assist the visually impaired because they were inspired by one of their colleagues who was partially blind.
"On their daily interactions with him, it came to their attention that the visually impaired needed support to overcome the challenges they encounter as a result of their incapacitation.
It became evident that they need walking sticks to live a life that is close to normal hence facilitating them to access social services and socio-economic opportunities enjoyed by other Batswana," she said.
Ms Kereng called for concerted efforts to support BABPS, saying there were close over 28 000 visually impaired persons in Botswana.
The minister applauded DEA for the initiative, noting that it was made possible by support from the World Group of Companies, Feed Centre, Bokomo Botswana, Motor Centre Botswana and Botswana Unified Revenue Services.
She highlighted that the walking sticks would capacitate and enable beneficiaries to have more dignified and fulfilled lifes.
The minister also appealed to the public for further assistance.
For his part, the chairperson of BABPS, Mr David Rantao expressed gratitude to DEA and MENRCT as well as the sponsors for the initiative, saying walking around would be made easier.
Source : BOPA