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Habitat for Humanity Botswana partners with Debswana Jwaneng Mine to provide 50 families with decent housing

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The current house a family of seven is staying in. These are the first homeowners of Debswana-HFHB Housing project in Maokane village.

 

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Mr. Mothalabolo Mothalabolo, his wife Baikakanyi Itshekeng, and one of their seven children in front of their worn-out mud hut.

 

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The general manager for Jwaneng Mine, Mr. Balisi Binyongo handing a cheque of P350,000.00 to the National Director for Habitat For Humanity Botswana, Mr. Kabelo Seadimo.

Habitat for Humanity Botswana (HFHB) has partnered with Debswana Jwaneng Mine (DJM) in a project that will see 50 families provided with decent and durable houses in Makoane village between the months of May and December 2008 by providing HFHB with P350, 000.

It is not the first time that DJM has successfully partnered with Habitat for Humanity Botswana; the mine sponsored the Sese Project, which was launched in September 2007, where P200, 000 was donated by DJM for the provision of houses for 41 families in the Sese community.

To mark this second phase of the partnership, representatives from organizations, HFHB National Director Kabelo Seadimo and DJM General Manager, staff and community members, as well as the first beneficiary of a house from this partnership – Baikakanye Itshekeng – were in attendance.

During his speech at the launch, DJM’s Balisi Bonyongo said the initiative is in line with President Seretse Khama Ian Khama’s policy of achieving “Dignity for All Batswana” during his presidency and in line with the country’s Vision 2016. He also went on to urge community members who would be selected to benefit from this project to be diligent in repaying their loans as this will enable both DJM and HFHB to continue to build more houses for other deserving members in the community.

In closing, Member of Parliament for Ngwaketse West, Mephato Reatile, called on the community to defend diamonds as they had fueled development in the country, and that whenever the good name of diamonds was threatened, they should be in a position to defend it.