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Palms for Life pledges funds

05 Mar 2023

Palms for Life Botswana has pledged funds for projects to be run by six finalists of the Mr and Miss RADP fashion show 2022 at a tune of P360 000.

The announcement was made Wednesday at a ceremony to award certificates to more than 27 graduates of a two-week Business and Entrepreneurship Skills Training facilitated by Institute of Entrepreneurial Development (IED) and funded by Palms for Life Fund Botswana.

Speaking at the event, Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Talita Monnakgotla noted that the training was inclusive of a mentoring and monitoring component of the funded projects, to ensure their success.

Minister Monnakgotla urged the graduates to put the skills to good use, by improving their lives and their communities.

Palms for Life Fund National coordinator, Dorothy Okatch thanked IED for allowing the graduates to shine and for supporting development projects of remote area communities.

She said the fund came into existence in 2006 as a non-profit organization dedicated to fight poverty, by supporting programmes in areas of education, access to food and water among others.

“We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Local government and Rural Development, to implement Social Development programmes in remote area communities,” said Ms Okatch.

She said training was the key to providing the necessary tools for youth to enable them to stand on their own and make impactful changes in their lives.

Jakuaterua Mauano from Chukumuchu in the Okavango District Council said the course was a gateway to a better world.

He said they learnt a lot through interacting with one another, to be recognised as future leaders and role models for their communities.

Mauano encouraged his colleagues to borrow from a quote by the late Black Panther actor, Chadwick Boseman who said, “purpose crosses disciplines. Purpose is an essential element of you. It is the reason you are on the planet at this particular time in history.” ends

Source : BOPA

Author : Bakang Wren

Location : GABORONE

Event : RADP graduation

Date : 05 Mar 2023