Tamog Tours and Safaris, a mobile safari company based in Maun has donated school uniforms to 20 Sankoyo Primary school students and three houses to the needy people in the area.
Tamog Tours and Safaris is a parent company to Mogogelo Camp that has leased the area in NG 34, a concession under the custody Sankoyo Tshwaragano Management Community Trust.
The director of the company, Mogomotsi Motlapele has lamented that business has not been good, as the COVID 19 pandemic came at the time when they had just started operating. By then, he indicated that they had only donated 10 uniforms and 2 houses.
Motlapele has however indicated that they managed to pull up as the camp started doing well and they are hopeful to donate more uniforms and houses. Motlapele said that they will be left with building 25 houses as their aim is to build 30 houses for the needy. He added that the company will build more houses annually until it reaches its target.
He indicated that their goal was to hand out 4 houses this year, but only 3 were ready whilst the remaining one is not yet complete. Motlapele has since encouraged Sankoyo villagers to work together to develop their community.
The three houses handed out as well as the school uniforms are additional projects to the renovation of Sankoyo clinic and two more houses handed out in the past years by the company.
Sankoyo Trust Chairperson Monthusi Sinvula said they are grateful to be in partnership with a company that annually comes up with initiatives to improve people’s livelihoods in the community. He said houses are donated to the needy whereas the Trust board, VDC members and the social worker come together to identify those who deserve the donations. Sinvula has also expressed his wishes to see children from Sankoyo Primary School working at Mogogelo Camp in the coming years.
Meanwhile one of the Sankoyo residents expressed concern over the trend to choose only choosing the less privileged children as beneficiaries of school uniforms. The parent suggested that children should be chosen randomly instead of only focusing on the needy arguing that all students deserve the school uniforms.
Sankoyo Primary School Head Keratwe Ntwayagae however explained that the beneficiaries of school uniforms are chosen looking at the less fortunate because as the caretakers of the students, they see the need the needs have on a daily basis.
Ntwayagae added that they do not specifically have orphans from their school but only the less privileged that they are forced to pick from.