Projects in Botswana

Khwai Pre-School

We are currently working with the community to start a pre-school in the Khwai Village. The children will be taught by a local teacher and assistant from the Khwai Community and we have trained pre-school teachers willing to volunteer to assist in the training of these teachers. There are over 30 children in the community aged between 3 and 6 years who would attend the pre-school until at 6 years old they leave for Maun or boarding school to start their formal schooling.

We are currently in the process of securing a building for the pre-school and fundraising for play-ground equipment, pre-school materials such as arts and crafts equipment, educational toys, games and puzzles.

Income-Generating Projects

Vuche-Vuche-Basket-WeavingThe Vuche Vuche Basket Weaving Co-operative began in January 2011. The group now consists of twenty ladies, some of whom are widows and having to take care of their families solely and others who are taking care of orphaned children or their elderly parents. The money earned helps with the building of their craft shop and the surplus is used for food and education for the ladies’ families. The ladies have not had any formal training in basket weaving and are drawing on skills passed down from their parents. Their materials are harvested from the bush around the nearby village of Satau and all dyes used are natural. It can take anywhere from three days to a month to create the baskets. They sell their wares through African Bush Camps properties.
The Vegetable Garden Project aims to bring in an income for local people who are living a subsistence lifestyle. By planting vegetable gardens they are also creating food on the table for their families and increasing their health as a larger variety of vitamins and minerals will be consumed.
Needs assessments are currently being carried out in Khwai and the Chobe Enclave in Botswana and the communities surrounding Kariba and Mana Pools.


Access to water for the elderly in Khwai

The greatest challenge for the elderly in the community is access to running water. There are community water points throughout the village but with the limited mobility of the elderly, these are inaccessible to them. At present there are 5 homesteads of elderly people in Khwai in need of having water made accessible which we are currently fundraising for.