A group of 60 University of Botswana secretaries has donated a house worth P210 000 to Mr Kitso Otlogetswe, a UB alumnus living with disability. The two-bedroomed house which also has a screen wall and fitted kitchen was donated at Tsolamosese on November 8, 2019.
The initiative to build Mr Otlogetswe who was then a UB student a house, was launched in 2013. The team identified Mr Otlogetswe as a needy person through the UB Disability Support Services Unit and given his health condition then, the aim was to improve his living condition.
Spurred on by an unwavering commitment to realise their dream, the team engaged stakeholders such as Mogoditshane Land Board to acquire a plot for Mr Otlogetswe.
They financed the project through monthly contributions which they augmented with pledges from good Samaritans in the community. After completion of his academic studies, Mr Otlogetswe secured a job in the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Such came as a huge blessing as he also got involved and contributed some money towards the project as well.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Vice Chancellor, Professor David Norris, said the donation was a demonstration of love, care and compassion towards others especially the less privileged.
Professor Norris said the donation was in line with the UB mission of impacting positively on society. The house is still to be fitted with a ceiling and the Vice Chancellor made a pledge of P10 000 from the University towards the project.
UB HIV/AIDS Office Coordinator, Dr Roy Hanganiso said the donation was a living demonstration of Setswana cultural values such as care, love, unity and respect. He said it also demonstrated how the university was established through the spirit of self-help.
Tsolamosese Councillor, Mr Shaka Ditshube, commended UB for its commitment towards assisting underprivileged members of the community. Mr Ditshube also advised the beneficiary, Mr Otlogetswe, to work together with the community.
Meanwhile, Mr Otlogetswe expressed his appreciation at the UB team for having found it fit to assist him with accommodation closer to Gaborone because he would be able to go for medical attention easily. He also thanked the University management for the love and support he received during his stay at UB.