Botswana: Giving back is diverse and can present itself in illusive form. It can come with pride or self-satisfaction, but sometimes and undoubtedly most important, it can come with love, compassion and love for humanity. As once articulated by Mother Teresa, ‘it is not about how much we give, but how much love we put into giving’.
It is, therefore, not by coincidence but a choice that on the month of love, Botswana Prison Service identified Re ka Kgona Center for the Disabled to support a charitable cause.
As he officially handed the donations to the Center in Selebi Phikwe yesterday, the Minister of Defence and Security, Thomas Kagiso Mmusi, said the good deed by the Prison Service demonstrated the spirit of compassion, caring for one another and the zeal to transform one’s life.
The Minister emphasized that the Service’s continued culture of giving back is aligned with the aspirations of National Vision 2036, particularly pillar 2 of social development. He commended the Commissioner and her team for such a moral undertaking and encouraged them to always keep in touch with the community through such kindhearted initiatives.
Meanwhile, he urged the management of the Center to use the donations resourcefully so that they add value to the lives of the beneficiaries.
Giving the welcome remarks, Commissioner of Prisons Dinah Marathe said as the Service aspires to achieve its mandate of safe custodial care, rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders, the importance of community social responsibility cannot be undervalued.
She highlighted that the charitable cause is a voluntary initiative by the Officers to give back to the community in a quest to put a smile, give hope and transform the lives of other Batswana. She expressed confidence that the donations will stimulate and motivate both the staff and students of Re ka Kgona Center for the Disabled.
The donations included a refrigerator, a four-burner stove, food items and toiletry.