Sunday 21 June 2020
UK based rights group Survival International renews fight against Botswana government. The charge was subsistence agriculture (corn, beans, watermelon and pumpkins) and hunting by the San in het CKGR. The government is of the opinion that there are enough natural products in the CKGR, plus the foodbasket the San are allowed to receive, to live on. Survival International refers to the High Court decision in 2006 that subsistence agriculture and hunting are allowed.
Read more: Sunday Standard. Botswana.
Mr. Johannes Kahuadi reported: "Three tents and firewood have been purchased from the donation given by SEMK Botswana. The tents will provide temporary shelter for 5 people per tent. The firewood was distributed to 18 households in Ghanzi town. They thank you for your support and rescuing them. These San are now living a more dignified life. They will be protected from the cold and can prepare their meals at their home. But the need for more accomodation is still great. Some people are still sleeping in the open at night.
The money was used for tents, petrol, menpower to help collect the wood and trailer rent.
There is a possibility that the lockdown will be extended until 21 May, due to our neighboring country South Africa having a high number of affected cases."
For many people in Botswana is obeying the rule of social distances as required by the Botswana Government not possible. There are too many people living in one house, or hut.
At Window of Hope Centre in Ghanzi they found a solution to solve this problem. Army tents (price Pula 5.000) could be set up on the plots so there is extra space for isolation. Also, it is near the beginning of winter in Botswana and sleeping out in the open would no be an option. (The weatherforecast for 9 May gives a minimum temperature of 14 C.)
Description of Window of Hope Centre.
Window of Hope Centre is a registered local NGO working in Ghanzi District to promote the rights and well-being of Orphans and vulnerable children and young people and their families. The organization was established in 2005 and officially registered on the 9th of OCTOBER, 2007 at GABORONE as non- profit company limited by guarantee. Registered number: CO.2007/5627. The organization is not for gain and operates as a Botswana-based non-partisan, non-party-political Non-Governmental Organization and is governed by the board of directors from the community.
Our work is underpinned by Global, Regional and Local Frame works such as Botswana National Children Act 2009 (Bill of Rights) (Child Protection Regulations 2015),Vision 2036, NFS 2, National Development Plan 11prioties and United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child African Charter on the rights and welfare of children, Agenda 2063, Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals. (UNCRC, ACRWC, SDGs ) The organization's main purpose is to care, protect, support children at all times, ensuring that the best interest of the child, child participation, community ownership and participation, public-private partnerships, and awareness that any support to children is not a favour, but a contribution to the attainment of their fundamental human rights, should remain key principles for all interventions we do for children.
At the best of times, there are too many people living together in the San communities. So the added value of the tents is that they can remain on the plots after the pandemic has ended and provide a little bit more decent shelter for the people.
We strongly recommend you to support this sustainable initiative. Donations can be transferred to
- in the Netherlands: NL50 RABO 0152164898, SEMK BOTSWANA, reference Tents for San Community Ghanzi.
- from outside The Netherlands: 1088117, Window of Hope Centre, Address PO Box 892, Ghanzi, Botswana, Swift code BARCBWGX, reference Tents for San Community Ghanzi.
On the website www.semkbotswana.nl you can follow how many tents have been placed.
In it's comprehensiveness , a beautifully-crafted but poorly implemented education plan developed by the European Union for public school perceptibly anticipated a situation when schools would have to deal with public health emergencies. Those who developed the Education and Training Sector Strategic Plan (ETSSP), which was to be implemented between 2015 and 2020, worked closely with the Ministry of Health and Welness. In sum, the plan seeks to "provide an overall policy and strategic framework for the education sector that will play a pivotal role in the development of a modern, sustainable , knowledge-based economy that supports inclusivenss and diversity." It notes that "occupational health and safety programmes are not visible nor is there evidence that any form of audit or safety exercises take place in the central Ministry, reginal offices or in most schools." Read more: Source: Sunday Standard. Botswana.
Part of the Childrens Act reads: "An act to make provision for the promotion and protection of the rights of the child; for the promotion of the physical, emotional, intellectual and social development and general wellbeing of children; for the protection and care of children; for the establishment of structures to provide for the care, support, protection and rehabilitation of children; and for matters connected therewith." This already sets a premise of the regard and attitude children should be given and is an even greater responsibility of the government's side.
Source: Sunday Standard. Botswana.
About this site Supporting the Bushmen so they can stay in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and live there as they wish and as long as they wish. The CKGR was created for them.
Reason for establishing CKGR.
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