Covid-19 has not only affected the political and economic situation but it has posed new challenges to women empowerment, youth development, as well as employment. Chinese Embassy in Botswana on Monday donated 10 sewing machines and two overlock machines in order to provide more business opportunities for the local women. The Chinese ambassador to Botswana Dr Zhao Yanbo said the Chinese embassy puts livelihood improvement programs as their priority to women and children in Botswana.
“In times of disasters, women and children are often the most vulnerable and affected groups. They deserve special care and protection. I am honoured to work with Mrs Masisi again for the empowerment of women, children and youth of Botswana” Yanbo stated.
For her part, First Lady of Botswana Neo Jane Masisi said the donations will contribute to the upliftment and welfare of Batswana, especially the women who were in the most effective of poverty. “The machines will she dedicated to disadvantaged groups to enhance their livelihoods. I am confident that the beneficiaries would be grateful for this noble gesture that represent the generosity and compassionate nature of Chinese people” Neo Masisi shared.
Since the outbreak of the pandemic, Chinese Embassy have donated food hampers to the people in need through Gaborone City Council, provided outdoor facilities to Lillie Willie School in Lotlhakane and textbooks to Leshibitse Primary School in Kgatleng, donated face masks to Botswana Red Cross and Women’s rights organization to help fight against the pandemic.