Location: Old Naledi, Gaborone, Botswana.
The Tsholofelong Children & Youth Trust is located in Old Naledi (Gaborone, Botswana). The centre is a small plot with basic facilities that relies on donations to help provide a safe and happy environment, Monday-Friday for vulnerable children in the local area. By vulnerable we mean children who come from broken homes, from being neglected, to both parents abusing alcohol and will sell whatever they can to fuel their intake, to parents/single parents that simply cant afford to feed their own children let alone themselves. The centre does it’s part by providing food at least once a day(when funding is available), try to create an environment of creativity, from helping with the children’s homework to providing educational games and activities.
- 1 Hall – equipped with chairs and recently donated tv
- 1 Small kitchen – 1 large freezer, 1 fridge/freezer, sink, oven to help prepare and keep food fresh
- 1 Library – Includes only a box of irrelevant books and 4-5 computers that do not work
- 1 Outside play area – Where children can play/do homework
- 1 Small outside space for a vegetable patch
What do they need?
The centre is in constant need of help, these kids need some positive guidance in their life, else there is not much chance for a bright future but rather a future filled with poverty, no opportunity and potential crime if we don’t intervene. The buildings are old, slightly dilapidated, their facilities as mentioned need much attention, the children need a constant supply of food, warmth, clean water, educational supplies, as well as positive inspiration and more opportunities and chances at a better life.
How are we going to help?
The Lifting Africa Foundation has stepped in and has promised to help turn this centre around. ‘Fitness Making A Difference’ is our motto and we are now using fitness to actually make a difference, as the Lifting Africa team in Botswana is starting to host Lifting Africa Workouts in the capital city that is Gaborone. These workouts are for people who are not only determined to get their sweat on but motivated to help others along the way, as they are literally working out for a great cause, run by some of our most experienced and qualified personal trainers.
How does this help the children’s centre? For every person joining the workout they will firstly pay a fee for their participation and on top of that they can bring a donation of physical goods that we can take to the centre to benefit the children (i.e. Tin goods, blankets, educational material etc). 100% of the funds we receive from the workouts will be use to purchase what the children’s centre needs most each month, from food to more expensive needs like upgrading the facilities.
This is for the long term
Lifting Africa Workouts is starting in Gaborone, Botswana, however we will be using this process next in Johannesburg, South Africa. We will target projects where the least fortunate are most in need in their local communities. We won’t stop there, we will go overseas to expand our audience, but note all proceeds that are taken in other non-African countries will be still used by our Foundation on African soil.
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