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Mission Botswana

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Thanks for visiting the Mission Botswana project page.

The dates we are planning for the trip are for 2 weeks in July 2018. We are currently awaiting confirmation of the actual dates from our Botswana hosts, and will be recruiting the team in October/November 2017.

Open Information Event

To find out more about Mission Botswana (and the other ICE Projects) and how you can get involved, please come to the Open Information Event held on the main campuses as follows:
Cambridge: Wednesday 4 October, 1230pm in HEL303
Chelmsford: Thursday 5 October, 1230pm in MAB002a

Important dates to take note of:

Compulsory briefing meetings, 6-7pm

Wednesday 7 February 2018
Wednesday 14 March 2018
Wednesday 2 May 2018

Thanks for your interest in Mission Botswana, and if you want to talk about it, please contact me:

Rev Tony Cant, Chaplain to ARU Chelmsford Campus
Room MAB118
Bishop Hall Lane
Chelmsford
Essex CM1 1SQ
Tel: 01245 68 7722
Mob: 07860 407722
Email: tony.cant@anglia.ac.uk

Background

For the first three years, Mission Botswana worked at the Mochudi Resource Centre for the Blind. You can read about what we did in the Reports at the bottom of this page.

Due to circumstances beyond our control in 2017, Mission Botswana had to change projects and now works at the SOS Children’s Village, about a 10-minute drive south of Botswana's capital city, Gaborone. You can see something of it here

The Village is an orphanage for around 150 children, aged from babies through to young adults. They live in 17 houses within the village, with around 8-9 children in each house, and a housemother to look after them.

Some of the houses have not had much maintenance done on them for many years, and so show the neglect and wear and tear that energetic young people do.

Who we need for the next trip

The work is likely to be a mix of maintenance on the library building and getting it back into operation. You’ll learn new skills in developing a small community run library. You don’t need to have particular building skills, just a willingness to wield a paintbrush and learn on the job. We also may do some maintenance on the sports ground and equipment, some mentoring/activities with the children, some training of staff on cross-contamination protocols and first aid. There could be the opportunity to work alongside the Orphanage’s professionals (Social Workers, Educationists, Sport, Music, Psychologists, Youth leadership) as internships for a week where cross-cultural learning will take place.

Each trip is rounded off at the end with a two-day Game Park trip into South Africa to an eco-lodge, Mosetlha in Madikwe Game Reserve

What we hope to achieve

Read more on what we have done to help