Stanbic Bank Sponsors Psychosocial Support Programme

| June 11, 2015

Stanbic Bank Botswana has donated P120 000 to Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) to sponsor 10 youths and caregivers to undergo the REPSSI, Community Base Work with Children and Youth (CBWCY) Certificate programme.

Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Stanbic Bank Botswana acting head of personal banking, Mr Louis Van Ravestyen said the donation was not about Stanbic Bank or REPSSI but rather about children at the end of the day.

He said the initiative would help orphans and caregivers to acquire education and be fully equipped with skills. He said the initiative created conducive environment for child to get confidence to excel and also get fair chance in life.

Mr Van Ravestyen explained that the donation was not the first one as his bank had also sponsored another group which graduated last year. “We contribute to the development of the children of Botswana, it is also part of the country’s vision 2016 pillar of being an educated and informed nation,” he said.

For his part, REPSSI secretariat, Mr Lehlohonolo Chabeli said their objective is to protect and empowered children. He further said to address the physical, emotional and social wellbeing, skilled social service workforce is essential to silence the impact of poverty, HIVAIDS and conflicts.

Mr Chabeli said REPSSI provide technical leadership and assistance in the development of resources, knowledge that addresses issues of emotional and social wellbeing.

BOCODOL certificate program coordinator, Ms Boingotlo Moses said the certificate program is community based work with children and youth. She said the program aims to upgrade professional skills of the large work community of the caregivers.

She stated that in the first cohort, 76 students were enrolled for the program and 11 of them dropped living the program with 65 students. She further stated that some dropouts were as a result of lack of finance.

She however said 56 students successfully completed their studies while others did not make it. She noted those who did not complete their studies will come back to complete their studies.

Ms Moses said they are now in the second cohort which started this year in February 2015.

“This year we have 89 active students to the programme, we had initially enrolled 110 students,” she said.

She explained that 21 students who initially enrolled and did not make it, failed to register well in time, but promised they will come in the third cohort as they initially qualified for the programme.

Ms Moses thanked Stanbic bank for their contribution in recognising the need to offer a helping hand to the disaantaged citizens.

REPPSI is a non- profit regional organisation which is now registered in Botswana and has partnered with BOCODOL to run certificate programme.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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