Feline Fields Trust arranged for donations to purchase a bus to take the youngest Sexaxa children to primary school and have arrangements in place to cover maintenance of the bus, fuel expenses and a salary for the driver, the very capable Mma Boitumelo. See Sexaxa Transport Report.pdf for details.
See this report from The Botswana Daily News about this project at www.dailynews.gov.bw (copied below for convenience)
See also this report from The Ngami Times about their Goodwill Ambassador in shape of Miss Universe Botswana 2013 at www.ngamitimes.com (copied below for convenieance)
Feline Fields rescues Sexaxa children
Pupils at Sexaxa settlement in Ngamiland will no longer have to walk 18 km to and from Matlapaneng Primary School near Maun, thanks to Feline Fields Okavango’s gesture of goodwill.
The company ended the pupils’ years of agony by donating a mini-bus worth P65 000, which would be used to transport the students to and from school at no cost at all.
Mr Tebogo Monnaaphuthego, the company’s operations manager, confirmed in an interview that the donation was the answer to the children’s plight of walking through heavy rains and scorching heat to and from school in Matlapaneng every week.
Mr Monnaaphuthego expressed hope that the donation would improve school attendance and discourage truancy and late-coming as a result of the taxing distance they had to endure five days a week.
He said the company would pay for all the operational expenses of the bus, including the salary of the driver. “The company wants to contribute to Vision 2016’s pillar of a compassionate, just and caring nation’,” said the company boss.
The donation would not only save the children, including standard one pupils, the distance they had to travel every day on foot, but would also reduce the chances of encountering danger along the way. The area is infested with wild and dangerous animals such as lions and buffalos from the nearby Moremi Game Reserve. ENDS
|Source : BOPA||Author : Topo Monngakgotla|
|Location : MAUN||Event : Interview|
|Date : Mar 06 Wed,2013|
NGAMI TIMES ONLINE
Miss Universe Botswana to be Feline Field Trust Goodwill Ambassador
Miss Universe Botswana, Tsaone Macheng
Miss Universe Botswana, Tsaone Macheng, has accepted an invitation to be the Feline Fields Trust Goodwill Ambassador for 2014 and will take up this duty at an inauguration during her tour of the trust’s projects on the weekend of January 30.
While the Feline Fields Trust’s main focus is wildlife conservation and youth environmental education, the trust also, in keeping with the recommendations of the Presidential Task Group for a Long term Vision for Botswana, strives to fulfil the pillars of Vision 2016 – a just and caring nation. On behalf of parent company Feline Fields (Pty) Ltd, it has stepped forward to also address the needs of the communities it works in, ranging from donating blankets for the elderly, distributing previously-owned toys and clothes donated by children in Europe to providing transport to school children who otherwise start every weekday with a 10km walk to school.
As part of her tour, Miss Universe Botswana will wake early from her beauty sleep to get dressed for school and join the learners on a trip to school in the bus provided for this purpose by the trust. The founding of Feline Fields Trust was marked by the presentation of a series of wildlife talks to youthful members of wildlife clubs at a selection of five primary schools in the Maun area.
Each talk culminated in a wildlife quiz, and the winners of this competition at each school went forward to join a day trip into the Moremi Game Reserve. Miss Universe Botswana will, as part, of her tour meet these exceptional learners and discuss wildlife conservation and possible careers in this field. Miss Universe Botswana will also visit the plot of land donated by the Kgosi and community of Sexaxa village for the establishment of a Youth Wildlife Education Centre on the outskirts of Maun.
She arrives in Maun on Thursday, January 30, and is being hosted by the Sedia Riverside hotel for the duration of her stay and will assume her duties as the Feline Fields Trust Goodwill Ambassador at an informal morning tea held at the hotel on Saturday, February 1.