The BIHL Trust and Botswana Life Insurance Limited have partnered to build a house valued at over P55,000.00 for a needy family in Shadi-Shadi,through a Corporate Social Investment initiative known as Hands That Give.
Hands That Give is a staff volunteerism effort that runs across the Group and each of the subsidiaries, with the aim to drive sustainable CSI in line with the trust mandate, and to encourage a culture of involvement amongst staff. Through the guidance of former Shadi-Shadi Primary School Principal, Kgosi Gabanakgosi and the Village Development Committee (VDC), the Kelefetswe family was identified as a family in need during a 2017 Hands That Give donation to the school. The Botswana Life team of 10 volunteers who first began working to building the house for the Kelefetswe family used the P5,000 starter money provided through the Hands That Give platform. “We are proud and humbled to see a house fully constructed and inclusive of household items.This is a place the Kelefetswes can now call home. We understand the importance of transforming the lives of people through compassion and giving back to the community. We support a number of CSI initiatives, which have enabled us to uplift the communities we serve,”said Lebogang Mothobi of Botswana Life.
An Administrator of the BIHL Trust, Tebogo Keepetsoe, explained that they have a long-standing relationship with the people of Shadi-Shadi village. She said the group believe in leveraging strength in numbers to drive meaningful impact, and it is the culture of involvement and volunteerism inherent in the Hands That Give programme that the Botswana Life team have developed even further in supporting the particular initiative. “The Kelefetswe family will now move out of the cold and into the comfort and warmth of their new home,”she said.