Sekolole: first Motswana to ascend Mount Everest

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 29 May 2019   |   By Ricardo Kanono
Ouma and Kami Rita Sherpa Ouma and Kami Rita Sherpa

Motswana  cancer activist, Ouma, who earlier this year journeyed to Kathmandu,  Nepal to summit  Mount Everest  arrived in  Gaborone on  Thursday  23rd   May 2019.  Sekokole  who managed to reach  Camp 2 located 6500m  up Mt. Everest,  set a record  of being the first Motswana to do so.  Unfortunately, due  to muscle  injury on her  left leg was  brought  down to Kathmandu  for medical attention.

She embarked on her journey up the tallest mountain in the world, Mount Everest,  on the 26th  April to raise awareness about cervical and prostate cancer, something  that she is very passionate about,  having lost her mother to cancer at a young age. Sekokole together with the board members of the Ouma Foundation have passed their heartfelt gratitude  to the sponsors, medical team,  Sherpas and every single Motswana  who supported her throughout her expedition. For the expedition, Sekolole has been supported by the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development - who covered her summit fees, and other private companies.

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Who is Sekokole?

Ouma Sekokole is the Founder and Executive Director of OUMA Foundation. She is the first and only Botswana Citizen who is Habitat For Humanity International (HFHI) Fellow. A high performing cancer advocate, creative visual artist and strategic thinking professional with more than 15 years’ experience in social entrepreneurship, health, arts, education and humanitarian work.

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Her work in the  cancer field  includes raising public awareness about  the importance of cancer awareness, screenings,  early detection  and  treatment. Her advocacy is  knowledge  based, research, fund  raising  and community outreach. In 2013, she founded The Ouma Cycling Charity Tour (OCCT) an annual bicycle journey whose  route traverses selected underserved poor remote  far to reach  communities. Build temporary  mobile clinics to help people by raising public awareness about  the importance of cancer screenings, early detection and treatment.

In partnership with the Ministry of Health and Wellness National Cervical Cancer Prevention Program and other stakeholders – Botswana  Police services, District Commissioners, BoKgosi etc, OCCT team is made up of professionals with different skills (doctors,  nurses, media, counsellors, mobile clinics, supplies, equipment, security etc.), who contribute  their expertise towards the success of the vision. During the tour, experts  share knowledge, raise awareness, performs screening and treatment of cancers – cervical and prostrate. Procedure used for treatment of cervical cancer is called CRYOTHERAPY; it is used to immediately freeze changes on the cervix that could cause cancer. Any advanced changes found in the patients  are referred to nearby  hospitals for further review. We also do Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP), PAP SMEARS on advanced ages, STI treatments, Safe Male Circumcision, HIV testing and other health related concerns. This is all done at NO COST to the People. So far, OCCT has reached more than 800 communities, 100 schools and covered over 10 000km of cycling across the country.

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A well-travelled, sought  after public speaker and  committed  volunteer with various  non-profit organisations, societies,  groups   etc,   she   has   extensive  experience  and   knowledgeable  working  in  international  and multicultural environments. She graduated with Bachelor of Arts from Sterling College, Kansas USA. She takes pride  in  fitness  and   healthy  living,  a  certified  spinning  instructor,  cyclist,  expeditions  (mountaineering, endurance and cardio), marathon  and triathlon runner.



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