Tlhalerwa Commends Chinese Community

| December 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Chinese community has been commended for their efforts in alleviating poverty and suffering.

Senior Private Secretary to the President, Brigadier George Tlhalerwa praised the community at the Botswana-China Children’s Day at SOS Children’s Village in Tlokweng on December 6.

The event was organised by the Charity Association of Chinese in Botswana (CACB), which also donated P60 000 to the children’s village as well as clothes and blankets for the children.

Brigadier Tlhalerwa noted that the Chinese community in Botswana had alleviated suffering in various places around the country. He said without the gifts from the community, the less privileged would have ended up in dire strain, adding that giving made a difference to the lives of the recipients.

He challenged other nationals, individuals and private entities to emulate the spirit shown by the Chinese community. The permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education and Skills Development, Mr Richard Matlhare said the partnership between Botswana and China came from far.

Mr Matlhare added that the children’s day ceremony cemented the relationship between the two countries and benefited their people. “The children are the future of our country so it is important that we give them care, love and support,” he added.

Furthermore, he noted that investing on human capital started with investing in children at pre-school level, adding that it was important that efforts to shape children were supported and encouraged.

The acting Chinese Ambassador to Botswana, Mr Li Nan said the day was important as it showed the Chinese community’s contribution and support towards Botswana. He said cultural exchanges between the two countries helped their people to know each other and live better.

“Today we plant the seeds of love and friendship into the hearts of our children,” he said. He said the friendships between the peoples of the two countries would also strengthen their bilateral relations.

The CACB chairperson, Mr Miles Nan said the association was established two years ago, and that they have extended their assistance where there was need and have spent millions in the process. He said the day also afforded children of the two countries to exchange cultures and forge friendships.

The SOS has over 256 children in its facilities in Tlokweng, Serowe and Francistown.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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