The United States embassy is providing more than half a million pula to support children living in the Okavango Delta, it has been revealed.
On Thursday, September 4, 2014, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Michael J. Murphy will launch projects aimed at improving the livelihoods of women and increasing educational opportunities for children in the Okavango Delta region. The event will take place at Shashe Primary School, in Shashe village outside Maun in the morning.
“The U.S. Embassy in Botswana is providing $ 59,000 dollars - or more than 520,000 pula - to support Children in the Wilderness (CITW) environmental education programs in ten villages throughout the Okavango Delta region. These programs will reach 500 children who attend regular eco-clubs, and enable youth to participate in trips to environmentally important areas in the region. The program also provides pedagogical training and mentoring to teachers, and produces environmental education material,” reads a media missive from the embassy.
In addition, the U.S. government is funding Children in the Wilderness with a grant of $ 12,000 USD (approximately BWP 105,000) to support adult eco-clubs. This female economic empowerment project provides members in Shashe with intensified mentoring and training, as well as supplies for bee keeping and craft production, to enable them to create, market and sell products to earn a steady income and improve the lives of their families.
The U.S. has said that it remains committed to helping the government and people of Botswana not only preserve the Okavango Delta as a unique natural heritage site, but also contribute to the region’s economic diversification, rural development, and poverty reduction through these community-level programs.