The Project

Rooted deep in the culture of Botswana, the traditional African family structure provides for itself, with the young and old being taken care of by middle aged individuals. It’s no secret that HIV/AIDS has put a roadblock in the continuity of such structures, with the illness heavily afflicting this middle aged demographic. Many families have lost their bread-winners, leaving behind the elderly and young, without any real means of support.
Support Maun Destitute Elderly

Make it possible

Botswana serves as an incredible example for other countries, with a pension system for its citizens and monthly food baskets for the impoverished. Despite these efforts, social security within the nation remains insufficient and the aid available does not always reach the intended target group. For many in Maun, long distances must be walked to fetch necessities such as firewood to cook meals and heat water. This is impossible for many elderly people, rendering them incapable to care for themselves and causing them to be dependent family members. They are not capable of cleaning the house, doing the laundry by hand, or fixing the many leaks in the roof. Polokong, which translates as Place of Salvation, makes it their mission to change the lives of these individuals, by providing them with basic necessities and loving attention.

Polokong  Centre for the elderly Project aims to make a difference to the disadvantaged old people in Maun. The objective is to make them feel special and live the remainder of their years in dignity. This we plan to do by making sure the dear souls are properly fed, clothed, safely housed, treasured and loved.

The Polokong project will endeavor to bring in gifts, donations and funds in order to support the elderly and to run the daily activities of the project, such as the provision of foodstuffs, amenities, and salaries for the grassroots care and foster programs. The project will recruit loving, underprivileged women to take care of these lonely souls, whilst in the process, earning an allowance. In a yearly newsletter people will be informed about the elderly, the various activities and the financial status of the project. To save costs, communication will be via email as much as possible.

Presently there are two fieldworkers who undertake the assessments and caretaking; of these there are one caretaker and one coordinator. They are under the supervision of the board management.

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