PPC gives to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre

27th September 2017
PPC BOTSWANA: Tuelo Botlhole Source:The Midweek Sun

PPC Botswana has invested more than P1 million towards Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre to support its projects and promote awareness, self reliance and sense of responsibility. Speaking during the horticulture project handover on Thursday, General Manager Tuelo Botlhole said they continue to work with communities in which they operate. He said this was in accord with the country’s national Vision 2036, some of which pillars call for achieving prosperity for all through Sustainable Economic, Human and Social Development.

“PPC Botswana is committed to assisting in the achievement of these national goals. It is for this reason that we have found it fit to partner with the Lady Khama Charitable Trust and the Red Cross to assist in the delivery of this greenhouse facility,” said Botlhole. Botlhole said through PPC donation, Lady Khama Charitable Trust has over the last several years committed to providing assistance to Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre in building the greenhouse tunnels. The centre has also received a fully-fledged borehole that will sustain the horticultural projects undertaken.

Through the project the centre will produce tomatoes which will be sold to the local supermarkets. “It is our hope that the good harvest that comes out of these greenhouse tunnels will go on to improve the sustainability of this great centre which provides some of the most critical services to our community. “I’m reliably informed that there are already some retailers who are willing to purchase the good produce, a move that will help provide the facility with much-needed cash to address daily needs,” he said. Botlhole said their view is that giving back to the public and community is critical in assisting the development and maintenance of community’s livelihood. He appealed to other corporates to participate in sustainable giving.

“It’s our responsibility to ensure that the causes we give to are able to survive beyond the giving. This is the only way that we can avoid a situation where projects lack longevity and fail to achieve their intended purpose,” he said. Botswana Red Cross Society Secretary General Mabel Koketso said Tlamelong Rehabilitation Centre was established in 1974 with the aim of improving lives of people living with disabilities. “It is also the Centre’s aim to build human resource potential in the community by including people living with disabilities, their families and community members,” she said. Currently the Centre houses 90 trainees who specialise in horticulture or textile training for two years.

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