Annual report 2014
Stichting ter ondersteuning van de Eerste Mensen van de Kalahari Botswana (SEMK Botswana)
Foundation supporting the First People of the Kalahari Botswana.
To support the Bushmen in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR). As the Botswana
government forbids us to visit the Bushmen in the CKGR we are (temporarily?) sponsoring
school children and early school leavers with their school fees.
We hope to be able in the future to get permission for visiting the settlements in the CKGR.
How did we do this.
• Contact by email with two schools.
• Searching for relevant information in Botswana online newspapers and on other
relevant websites; liaising with people in- and outside the CKGR by email.
• In 2014 we did not visit Botswana.
• Giving information in The Netherlands about the situation in and- outside the CKGR,
and on our website.
• Raising money:
o Sale of 2nd hand articles: from our house and Marktplaats, a sales website.
o Sale of hand knitted hats, scarfs, bags etc.: from our house, once from the
Jumbo food store in Beilen, once from the Department store Vanderveen in
Assen, once at the Kuna Festival in Lheebroek, Drenthe, The Netherlands.
o Project: “How many knitted hats are needed for one early school leaver to
return to school.” Nearly one third of the money has been collected.
o Gifts from private people, Haélla Foundation and Wereldwinkel (shop selling
products from the third world) Westerbork.
o Applying to funds.
o SEMK is the owner of one sheep. The proceeds of the sale of her lambs, and
the wool of this sheep and also of three other sheep, is for SEMK.
• Thakadu Camp in Ghanzi has during my stay with them made a tent free of charge for
• Wereldwinkel Westerbork has donating English- language books for Pioneer
How has the money been used.
School- and boarding fees for two early school leavers following the course Early Childhood
and Education have been paid for. The course is during one year and three month. Pre-
school education was started in a few places in Botswana in 2013, making these courses very
School fees for two children at a primary school have been paid.
For one early school leaver has the internment ship, connected to the course he followed in
2013, plus boarding fee, been paid.
The board has done its work on a nonprofit base. Several people have given support in
different ways on a nonprofit base.
Our thanks goes to everybody who has supported us in 2014, in and outside The Netherlands.