Understanding the social and psychological environment of orphans: Case study of SOS International: Tlokweng village near Gaborone, south east Botswana, Africa
Description: Tlokweng SOS Chidrens` village is located ~10km south east of the centre of Gaborone, capital city of the Republic of Botswana. There is also a SOS centre based in Serowe, which is the home of the first, third and current president of the Republic of Botswana. Serowe is 300 km northeast of capital city of Gaborone. SOS Centre is a home to close to three hundred kids affected by different social ills. These include being homeless after being dumped by their mothers mainly immediately after birth and chased away from home due to in fights in some households. Some of the kids fell to lack of guardianship due to imprisonment of mothers and whilst, some kids escaped the hardships of staying in very poor households living under a dollar daily.
Type of Work: The kids at the SOS centre stays in some family like format headed by mothers volunteering at the centre. The family models are done so as to give the kids an opportunity to grow in a family set up like other person. The kids are taught during the day depending on their standards of learning. The centre mainly offers pre-school/kindergarten and primary schooling for free. The SOS centre is having an active working partnership with BWA. BWA had committed itself by assisting in developing a psychological and social development set up at the centre. The volunteers will assist in the daily education of the kids, gardening, sports coaching & mentoring and general mentoring and general counseling of the kids. Moreover, volunteers can assist the centre on some renovation work that arises.
Accommodation: SOS Centre provides accommodation in their shared guest houses. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring their own tents for their privacy. Hot showers and bathrooms/toilets with running water are available.
Language: Cultural exchange is encouraged therefore volunteers ought to teach each other their home languages.
Notes: An orientation is normally organized a day before the start of the work camp with the intentions of briefing participants about BWA as an organization, Botswana `s socio-economic background, cultural issues etc. In fact, the orientations shall be held on Sundays before departure to the workcamp sites and the participants must arrive on the Fridays or Saturdays to have rest time and also to get to know each other, as well to get knowledge of the host village before the orientation. The orientation is the first contact between volunteers and BWA to discuss the preliminary workcamp programme, workcamp menu and expectations. The local culture is also presented to the volunteers through showcasing traditional music, food, dress, language and architectural structures in the village of Mochudi.
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