International students who are on lockdown at the University of Botswana have received food hampers worth more than P40 000 from various donors. Among the donors were Sir Ketumile Masire Foundation, AAP Home-based Care and Family Life Care programme as well as the Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe.
Around 115 international students are currently accommodated at the University of Botswana main campus after Botswana imposed 28-day lockdown on April 3, 2020 following the outbreak of COVID-19 which was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation.
Following the declaration, Botswana like many other countries, also banned international travel and closed all institutions of learning to curb the rapid spread of the virus which has so far killed over 200 000 people while infections rates hover around three million cases. Receiving the donations, the management of the University of Botswana appreciated the gesture, noting that it symbolized the spirit of goodwill, empathy and care for fellow human beings.