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We, Maarten and Jelena, moved to Botswana with our two daughters in March 2016. In the capital city, Gaborone, we are setting up a vocational training centre for the underprivileged youth. Our goal is to launch the first educational department, namely ICT, in the second half of 2017!
However, in the meantime we are busy giving Life Skills training to the youth of Botswana. During these classes the youth learns a lot of different and interesting things, for example: how do I give feedback and how do I deal with criticism? What are healthy relationships and how can I deal with domestic violence? What kind of rights do I have and how can I prevent sexual transmitted diseases such as HIV/aids? These kind of Life Skills are really important and needed. The HIV/aids epidemic has had an huge impact on Botswana, and as a consequence a whole generation was severely affected. Currently almost 60% of the citizens in Botswana are under the age of 30. Another result of the HIV/aids epidemic is that a lot of youngsters grow up without (or only with one) of their parents. With your help we can teach these youngsters the Life Skills they need.
Why we need... you!
Funding is definitely needed in order to be able to purchase the Life Skills (work)books to start the training of the youth of Botswana. With your help we can teach the youth the Life Skills they need. In the beginning of 2017 we want to start with Life Skills training to at least 180 teenagers. Not only will we teach the youth the Life Skills they need, but we will also give Life Skills training to teachers of several high schools. By doing so, the teachers will be able to implement the Life Skills training in their regular teaching programs.