A primary focus of Borsheims’ Kalahari Dream Diamond sales goal was to support the creation of a consistent water source for villagers in Botswana, however, the diamond line has been making strides to improve the lives of women and children in the area since day one. In partnership with Leo Schachter, proceeds from Kalahari sales go to support child care for orphans whose mothers have died from the HIV/AIDS virus before they reach school age, along with healthcare and lifesaving HIV/AIDS drugs.
During Heather’s trip to Botswana for the Kalahari water dedication ceremony, she was able to visit the Bana Ba Keletso Child Care Centre in Molepolole, Botswana. A portion of each diamond sale helps support this facility. Read more about her experience meeting all the children there below and check back next week for the final part of Heather’s Botswana travel log.
Family members or neighbors have taken in the children but do not have the means to provide for them. Bana Ba Keletso provides a sanctuary to 2 ½ – 5 year olds so they may be cared for and fed during the day. Once the children reach the age of five, they will attend school during the day. The Centre provides preschool, daily meals and psychosocial support and most of the care providers are volunteers.
When I arrived at Bana Ba Keletso, I was greeted by some amazing young children who were full of smiles and energy. For several hours we played on the swing set and slide in the Centre’s playground.
The children in the Bana Ba Keletso Child Care Centre receive better care thanks to the Kalahari Dream Diamond sales in Omaha, Nebraska. It’s truly incredible for Borsheims customers and employees to think about the difference they are making from half-a-world away.