Botswana Telecommunication Corporation Limited (BTC) has donated sim cards and airtime worth P56,000 to the Botswana Gender Based Violence Prevention and Support Centre (BGBVC) to help curb and fight gender-based violence.
Speaking at the handover, General Manager Consumer Sales, Boitumelo Masoko, said BTC as a responsible body corporate that is responsive to the needs of the communities in which it operates in, found it prudent to extend a helping hand to BGBVC to help them ease communication challenges in responding to clients and victims of gender based violence effectively, especially in the context of the COVID -19 pandemic and social distancing.
BTC donated twenty (20) Sim cards and airtime worth P8000 per month for seven months effective June 2020. BGBVC, Chief Executive Officer, Lorato Moalusi, thanked BTC and said the gesture will go a long way in helping them deliver on their work which is centred around responsiveness and prevention.
She said the donation, will help assist the Organisation to offer counselling services telephonically and conduct follow -ups with clients and survivors of gender-based violence, where the movement is limited by the COVID-19 movement restrictions.
“Your support will also go a long way in facilitating BGBVC to continue providing this important and critical service to the nation post the pandemic,” said Lorato Moalusi.
During the extreme social distancing (lockdown) period, BGBVC offered Psychosocial Support (PSS) to approximately 245 men and women in difficult relationships and offered temporary and emergency shelter to approximately 96 women, children and men.