What is Bana ba Letsatsi (Children of the sun)?
Everyday more than 200 children in Maun come to Bana ba Letsatsi to receive a meal, a shower, training, clothing … These children and teenagers are mainly street children in danger, who have been abused or have had problems with drugs and present bad behaviour.
The main projects of Bana ba Letsatsi are:
Sexual education, AIDS
AIDS has a great impact on children in Botswana. The number of orphans with AIDS was in 2009 of 1 for every 5 orphans. Through education, talks and home visits Bana ba Letsatsi tries to diminish the impact of this disease.
Program for preschool education
Everyday the youngest children are picked up, showered, served breakfast and sent to the kindergarten. The aim is that through education less and less children work as beggars in the streets. The whole program is funded by Bana ba Letsatsi.
The Team making things possible
Return to School Program
Children attending to school receive support in the form of uniform, books and school equipment.
Youth work Program
During the school vacation teenagers receive help to find a job. Although unemployment is very high, Bana ba Letsatsi works together with several companies that offer posts for these young people. They also receive a meal and transport to the place of work.
School vacation Program
The School holidays are a critical period. During this time daily activities take place within the premises of Bana ba Letsatsi so the children are kept away from the streets.
Bana ba Letsatsi helps through grants to some children so they can attend private schools. They pay the school fees, uniforms and transport.
There is a nice picture gallery here.
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Director: Fiona Hatton
P.O. Box 114
How to get there: Bana ba Letsatsi is close to Kesmo Lodge, in the center of Maun, just behind the Ngamiland Shopping Centre.
Bana ba Letsatsi is included in the Guide to Botswana for responsible Travel by Baobab Guides.