New Era for Cynthia’s Centre

| April 13, 2015

President Lt Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, on April 10, officially handed over Cynthia’s Child Day Care and Counselling Centre after its refurbishment and expansion by the Lady Khama Charitable Trust (LKCT).

President Khama, who is the patron of the trust, unveiled a plaque to signal the official handover. Speaking at the handing over ceremony at Malokaganyane in Barolong Farms, LKCT chairperson, Mr Dale Ter Haar said the centre’s expansion would provide more young children with access to early learning.

Mr Ter Haar said the centre would also afford parents the time to work and earn an income while their children were at school. He noted that from the 48 children that the centre had been accommodating, it would now be able to accommodate 75.

He said as a community centre serving vulnerable children, it was in the trusts interests to heed the call of the centre’s trustees when they sought financial assistance. Mr Ter Haar hailed the centre’s coordinator, Ms Mercy Leshomo and described her as an exceptional role model.

He said Ms Leshomo had shown determination and compassion, adding that the centre managed to navigate through the comprehensive application process that the trust had in place. Mr Ter Haar said this demonstrated that the right projects, led by the right people would benefit from the trust and its trustees.

He thanked the trust sponsors for their continued support and ensuring that the trust’s mandate was fulfilled.

For her part, Ms Leshomo said she was elated that the centre was a recipient of the LKCT. She said the expansion of the centre came at a time when the performance of school children was a course for concern, adding that she hoped that the centre will turn a new leaf in the children’s education.

This, she said, could only be possible when the parents of the children were also involved in their educational journey. She thanked the LKCT for the support and committed that the newly implemented structures will be put to good use, with much sensitization of the users and child care givers.

Earlier on in his welcome remarks, Kgosi Lotlamorreng of Barolong thanked the LKCT for the good course it has embarked on, in expanding and refurbishing the center. Kgosi Lotlaamoreng said the expansion came at a much needed time as the population of the seven settlements in the Good hope sub district was increasing and needed such a facility.

He also expressed gratitude to Ms Cynthia Leshomo, whose centre was named after as a woman of virtue who had a vision for her community.

Kgosi Lotlaamoreng hailed the late Cynthia Leshomo as one of the brave women who played a pivotal role in the fight against the spread and discrimination of people living with HIVAIDS.

The Cynthia’s Child Day Care and Counselling Centre provide basic pre- school education and only had one classroom and children’s toilets.

After the refurbishment and extension by the LKCT, it now prides itself in having an extra classroom, an office, teacher’s toilets and a sick bay cum restroom for the children.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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