Debswana Diamond Company on Thursday officially opened the Olorato Children Care Centre funded to the tune of P1.3 million through its Social Investment Programme. The Children Care Centre located in the village of Lotlhakane near Kanye was established to accommodate orphaned children from Lotlhakane and the surrounding villages. Officially opening of the centre, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Minerals, Energy and Water Resources and member of the Debswana Board of Directors, Kgomotso Abi said the children of Lotlhakane were lucky to receive such a facility as it would change their lives for the better. Abi said: “the beginning of a journey is not important, it is the end that matters. We start under different circumstances but it is how we end and where we end up that matters.” He said starting off as an orphan did not mean one should end up
being disadvantaged. Society has to show love, compassion and care to ensure that the Olorato Center children have equal chances of success at life as those with parents. “Children from this center can be ministers, doctors or engineers as long as the community can actively support them. In my early years, there were no orphans because they were adopted by relatives and treated like any other child in the family. We now have a chance to all play a role in securing the future of these children,” Abi said. Earlier, the Olorato Children Care Centre Board Chairperson, Gloria Ramogola when giving a brief history of the centre, said it was established as way of heeding the call by the then President Festus Mogae to the nation to assist those affected by HIV/AIDS. She appealed to other donors to come on board to support the centre.
The MP for Kanye South, Abram Kesupile said that Debswana’s track record in uplifting the community is evident throughout the Southern District if not the entire country. “We have the best Leobo in Kanye, VDC houses in Lefhoko and Kgotla offices in Tsonyane, among many others which were all funded by Debswana,” said Kesupile. He explained that Debswana has always been a true example of a caring company, and that it has done a great job of mining diamonds and extending the value to Batswana. The ceremony was also attended by the Managing Director of Debswana, Balisi Bonyongo.