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Maun Administration Authority (MAA) has launched a new initiative dubbed 'Charitable Nhabe Fund' which aims to solicit and raise funds to support beneficiaries so that they graduate  from government programmes.

The initiative aims to mobilise business community and potential sponsors locally, nationally and internationally to pledge in kind and facilitate finances to support beneficiaries to exit from the available programmes meant to cushion them so that they live dignified lives.

Speaking at the launch of the fund recently, senior assistant council secretary, Ms Mogomotsi Seemule, who came up with the idea, explained that they had realised that the district continued to register more needy people for assistance despite various government interventions to reduce poverty.

To date, the sub-district had recorded 6943 destitute persons who were assisted under different programmes.  She said through the available programmes, government wished beneficiaries could graduate and exit so that assistance could be extended to others.

She however  noted that it was a challenge in the district hence the establishment of the fund.

“In MAA we had experienced beneficiaries being stuck in programmes hence we found it fit to come up with the Charitable Nhabe Fund to facilitate finances for exit from programs. We also want to generate funds and kindle people's generosity,” she added.

The fund also aims to give little money to those graduating in order to support them in their projects.

Ms Seemule said they intended to come up with proposals for fundraising activities.

She explained that they would use the asset building model where beneficiaries would also have the opportunity to save some monies and later train them in cooperatives.

Since government encouraged communities to form cooperatives, she said they were on the right track and believed beneficiaries would survive better through such.

She said the initiative was more like Corporate Social Responsibility for those in the business sector adding that they believed that the success of the project would relieve government the burden.  

She urged all to  support the project to ensure sustainability adding that they intended to do a shield of humanity given to friends of the fund.

Donors, she said would be profiled as recognition and also be given reports to appreciate what is happening in the fund.

Ms Seemule urged donors to exercise good management adding “we have to be realistic to ensure the fund does not collapse”.

The patron of the fund, Mr Reaboka Mbulawa pledged P10 000 saying the initiative was a brilliant idea as the council worked directly with communities.

He urged the business community to come on board noting that they were blessed to be operating in an area rich in natural resources.

He said it was worrying to see business community dragging feet to assist the needy and yet they paid royalties worth P47 million annually.

Meanwhile, some people made pledges and the North West Council chairman, Mr Duncan Enga pledged P50 000, MAA and Okavango sub-district chairpersons pledged P25 000 each while Councillor Morafemong Matsimanyane of Bodibeng pledged P1 000 and a cow worth P7 000.

Kgosi Cosmos Lelatlhego pledged P100 on monthly basis while Stanbic Bank donated P1 000. ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Esther Mmolai

Location : MAUN

Event : Charitable Fund Launch

Date : Dec 06 Wed,2017

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