Saturday 24 February 2018

NACA donates benches to Gakutlo pensioners

NACA donates benches to Gakutlo pensioners
(Botswana Daily News 08/01/17)
NACA donates benches to Gakutlo pensioners

National AIDS Coordinating Agency (NACA) employees have donated benches that sit 70 people to pensioners in Gakutlo.
Handing over the benches on Friday during a community outreach programme, acting NACA coordinator Mr Moagi Kenosi said since they have opted to partner with the village in their community projects, they have realised that pensioners did not have a place to sit when they visit the post office for their monthly allowances.

As a result, they engaged the department of prisons to craft the benches with funds raised by NACA staff through various fund raising activities and their personal contributions in order to make a difference in the village.
Mr Kenosi further emphasised that while it was not the first time to reach out to Gakutlo residents, he affirmed that they will in future continue to make their mark in various outreach activities.
Kgosi Abdul Letlamma commended NACA employees for the noble gesture saying pensioners often come from far places on foot only to queue at the post office without a proper shelter while they wait to be serviced.
VDC chairperson, Ms Sekhala Ramphala acknowledged that unlike in the past where VDCs had enough funds to steer community projects, nowadays they were running VDCs with little funds due to trying times for the nation where everyone had to share in the same slice of cake.

She said while they were still struggling with where and how to find money to finance their projects, NACA came knocking on the door early last year and their prayers were answered. She however noted that although they had various projects on the pipe line they opted to assist them with benches for the pensioners.

She also cited that initially their pensioners were supposed to travel to Metsimotlhabe every month for their allowances but it was too risky.
Ms Ramphala said as the VDC, they decided to give one of their houses to BotswanaPost as a temporary postal agency to bring services closer to their pensioners.
She thanked the entire NACA employees for their benevolent gesture and for partnering with them. ENDS

Lindi Morwaeng

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