Scouts Give Hope to Neglected Children in Francistown
Mother Theresa Scout Unit, a Rover Crew at the Mother Theresa Resource Center in Monarch location of Francistown, Botswana has been implementing a project of bring hope to the less privileged children of Monarch. Joining hands with Francistown Rotary Club, Scouts gather up to 200 children from age 5 to 14 every Saturday, from 9am till 11am, to play games with them and give them snacks and drinks thereafter.
Monarch is the oldest location of Francistown and the people who stay live a Ghetto lifestyle. The place has been affected by a lot of rural-urban migration resulting in neglect of children. By contributing to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1 (No poverty) and 2 (zero hunger), the Rover Scouts aim to help the children to feel valued and recognized in the community – for them to see that there are people who care about them.
A total of 10 Rovers and 5 Rotarians are involved in the project and have committed themselves week-in week-out to play games with children and share with them some motivational stories to help build their character. The Rotarians bring snacks which are shared equally among the children. There are also community members who volunteer to help in donating water and even wash cups and plates used.
The rovers work under the guidance of their Crew Coordinator Onkarabile Jackson who is an Assistant Leader Trainer (ALT)and Better World Framework Commissioner at Botswana Scout Association, with the help of and Masego Pamane who is also an and Youth Advisor to the Africa Scout Committee.
From the project Scouts have learnt importance of giving out to the less advantaged in the community as well as an opportunity to meet new challenges. They have also contributed to changing behavior of the children and inspiring them to have hope for better days in life. They also teach the children about the effects and dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.
Through this project the Rover crew has been able to recruit new members thereby adding to the growth of Scouting in Francistown. Their efforts have also led to a reduced number of street children roaming the town, aside from lifting the name of Scouting and its brand in the community.