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Strategic Overview Chairman’s Statement Managing Director’s Remarks Banking on Brighter Futures Junior Achievement Botswana Barclays/UNICEF - Building Young Futures MANGO Kalahari Conservation Society (KCS) Baylor’s Teen Club Mothers for All Stepping Stones International Barclays - F.G. Mogae Scholarship Partnering with Local Communities Cancer Association of Botswana Somarelang Tikologo (Environment Watch Botswana) Red Cross Charity Begins at Work 22 24 26 28 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 2 4 5
4 Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited Community Investment Report 2009 .Strategy Overview “Put at its simplest. employment creation. It is built on three key pillars. Charity begins at Work This theme defines Barclays as a truly involved corporate citizen that has moved beyond conventional corporate giving with committed corporate involvement in the community at large. Partnering with Local Communities We seek to form partnerships with other organisations that deliver vital services to the communities in which they operate. developing products and services which are fair and transparent (Responsible finance). preventative health. Banking on Brighter Futures This involves issues of education. Looking after local communities and Charities begins at work. Barclays Group Chief Executive Sustainable Development experts unanimously agree that it can be defined. Our Responsible Banking strategy focuses on meeting the broader needs of all our stakeholders. Our community investment programme is core to the ‘Citizenship’ pillar of our Responsible Banking strategy and has 3 main investment themes. as the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability for future generations to meet their own needs. sustainability for Barclays is playing our part in supporting the wellbeing of society. This commitment underpins our Responsible Banking strategy. environmental preservation and sustainability. It’s not unusual for colleagues to “adopt” some of the projects supported by Barclays. Colleagues are each given 16 hours off work annually to undertake community projects. investing in social infrastructure and projects that combat climate change and poverty (Financing the Future) and being a good corporate citizen (Citizenship). particularly in the areas of healthcare.” John Varley. particularly financial education and financial inclusion. youth development. These are Banking on Brighter Futures. Many colleagues give far more of their own time as well. entrepreneurial skills development and income generation. Barclays Bank of Botswana is committed to the principle of Sustainable Development.
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Barclays doesn’t believe in what could be termed “cheque book” philanthropy. Rizwan Desai Chairman 6 Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited Community Investment Report 2009 . Within that broad framework. but also to the community at large. As a responsible and responsive corporate citizen. but also to the community at large. Our sustainable partnership with various organisations that have a credible track record of work for the underprivileged members of our country have assisted us to channel time and resources into worthy causes. willing and able to work with those whose focus is on education. Partnering with Local Communities.” Rizwan Desai Chairman One of the responsibilities of a large corporate like Barclays is to be mindful of communities from which it draws employees and operates. we focus on activities ranging from education and upliftment to healthcare and entrepreneurial development that touch the lives of many hundreds of people every day. The purpose of this publication is to share our Responsible Banking experiences – what we have done. we have an obligation not only to demonstrate how community investment is done. why and possibly to encourage suggestions about how we could constantly improve. how. I would like to congratulate the Barclays Bank of Botswana family for their unwavering commitment to making a difference to the less fortunate people of our country. It is our hope that these projects in which we become involved make a difference not only to the individuals who are the direct recipients of our funding. We have prioritised the types of projects and programmes in which we become involved within three broad themes: Banking on Brighter Futures. but also to constantly seek ways to do it effectively. youth development. We are ready. and Charity Begins at Work. In this regard its Community Investment is relevant in encouraging self-reliance and economically viable societies. health and literacy programmes. including financial literacy and the environment.Chairman’s Statement “It is our hope that our community interventions make a difference not only to the individuals who are the direct recipients of our funding.
As you peruse this report. As a result. Through our active involvement in our partners’ activities. Our people genuinely care about the communities in which we operate and the people we serve. Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited Community Investment Report 2009 7 . and in turn. over and over again. we get back so much: we are energised by what can be achieved.Managing Director’s Remarks “My colleagues genuinely care about the communities in which we operate and the people we serve. rather than a hand-out. many of our colleagues go back to their organisations of their choice. we would like to regard our contributions as giving people a handup. This is reflected in our community investment programme which has as its basis two founding objectives: To support current efforts directed at sustainable development in our country. I hope you too will be inspired by the work that is being done by so few to make a sustainable difference for so many. where all Barclays colleagues globally volunteer in their communities. we are inspired by the determination of so many to improve their own circumstances once they have been shown how. That is not what sustainable development is about. is supported by our commitment to the principles of Sustainable Development. Barclays has earned a well-deserved reputation over the years as an institution that cares. we don’t give our time or our money to create dependences. to have jobs and the wherewithal to support our families. One of the things we look at when we make our investment is not only the impact this will have today.” Thuli Johnson Managing Director Everything we do as a responsible business supports. Our investment in “good causes” however goes beyond a financial investment – although this is obviously of critical importance to the Non Government Organisations (NGOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) we support. So we do what we can to make an active contribution to making a difference in the communities in which we operate. However. Rather. and To partner with other institutions to improve the lives of the people in our community. but also whether it will make a lasting contribution towards a better tomorrow for our country and its people. our involvement with the organisations with which we partner is not a one-way-street: Barclays giving and the NGO receiving. Those of us who work at Barclays are acutely aware that we are fortunate to be in the positions we are in. making a real difference beyond our official “Make A Difference Day”. Importantly.
Colleagues were present to facilitate the process and to judge the final proposals presented by the groups of students. The Barclays “You can b” programme in Botswana involves three different initiatives – a “B Inspired” camp. hands-on programmes.Banking on Brighter Futures Junior Achievement Botswana Junior Achievement Botswana is part of JA Worldwide. entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential. they managed to deal with the challenges thrown at them in remarkably innovative ways. we are confident that these young people will have their lives positively changed by the experiences they are getting from the training. The job shadowing experience that was held in Mahalapye enabled the students to learn about the reality of the workplace by walking through the workday as a shadow to a Barclays colleague working in an occupational area of interest to them. In total. to come up with a solution within a very limited timeframe. However. It also helped to impress upon them the value of professional training and introduce them to potential career options they might not have known about. most of whom they didn’t know. They were also able to develop their interpersonal as well as problem-solving skills. The first two initiatives were made available to students from five schools in Mahalapye. The B inspired Camp was an intense experience for the students since they had to work within a team of people. The experience gave them an opportunity to attain an understanding of the world of work and a spirit of entrepreneurship through the principle of learning by doing. a “B-Experienced” job-shadowing programme. Witnessing the work environment firsthand helped to reinforce the link between classroom learning and work requirements. and the “B Smart” company programme. 109 achievers from Shoshong and Mahalapye participated in the B Inspired Camp and 60 had a job shadowing experience at Barclays Mahalapye Branch. The Camp required students to address a specific business challenge and come up with ideas that would solve the problem. As we continue with these programmes. 8 Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited Community Investment Report 2009 . the world’s largest organisation dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness. Working with Junior Achievement Botswana. Eight Barclays colleagues volunteered to assist in the B Inspired Camp which was held at Kagisong Centre in Mogoditshane. Serowe and Shoshong. we launched the Barclays “You can b” initiative in April 2009.
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microfinance and financial training. build their social skills to secure work. The programme focuses on providing young people with the skills they require to secure their future as active members of society.Building Young Futures “I would like to sincerely commend Barclays Bank for joining hands with UNICEF to support the Government of Botswana in reaching out to marginalised children with a comprehensive and technically sound skills development and empowerment programme” – The Honourable Mr Shaw Kgathi. Investing in young people in this way reduces their vulnerability and helps them to achieve a sustainable livelihood for themselves. By the end of 2009. Building Young Futures. “Barclays in Botswana is proud to be making a direct contribution to the future of this country by investing in our youth” – Thuli Johnson.500 projects globally with 150. What makes this programme unique is the combination of Barclays’ business and financial expertise with UNICEF’s global experience in helping young people in excluded communities. Kasane. In Botswana. Serowe and Molepolole. entrepreneurial skills and HIV/AIDS prevention. ensuring that it delivers real. Maun. employment and opportunities for entrepreneurship.Banking on Brighter Futures Barclays/UNICEF . the Building Young Futures programme. helping to support the Government of Botswana in reaching our National Development Goals and the Millennium Development Goals. a global partnership between Barclays and UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) was launched in 2008 internationally to assist vulnerable young people to improve their lives through access to education. which includes training on life skills. sustainable change. Barclays Bank of Botswana. Barclays has invested £5-million into the global Building Young Futures programme. Sport and Culture. their families and their community.000 has been invested over a two year period into the programme. 10 Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited Community Investment Report 2009 . had been rolled out to young people in Ghanzi. A total of 528 young people have already received training. The Barclays-UNICEF partnership forms part of the Bank’s five-year. Managing Director.000 hours of Barclays time. It aims to keep young people in education longer. and develop entrepreneurial talents through mentoring. Minister of Youth. which supports 1. Francistown. $150-million Banking on Brighter Futures community investment programme. a total of USD250.
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Some of the NGOs who attended the workshop included. “It is imperative that NGOs and CBOs develop their skills in this area. We are delighted that this exciting collaboration will also potentially have a much wider impact. Veldt Products and Kgagodi Development Association. Barclays has committed itself to providing this support through the partnership with MANGO. Thusano Lefatsheng Trust.Tiny Seitei. Stepping Stones International. Mango’s Finance and Fundraising Director said that many small NGOs cannot afford the full cost of attending a Mango course. Thapong Visual Arts. Through this partnership. Gamodubu Orphan Feeding Centre. 18 people from 17 local NGOs participated in training sessions. Thuli Johnson. Barclays Bank of Botswana Barclays Bank of Botswana has partnered with MANGO. through the Mango facilitated training has given us an opportunity to learn about the fundamentals of financial accounting which is key to the long term sustainability of our organisations . learning from a highly qualified MANGO instructor about the intricacies of financial management for NGOs. Managing Director. Somarelang Tikologo. Barclays Bank of Botswana Managing Director said Barclays recognised the specific needs and challenges that are faced by community organisations with the major challenge being the lack of effective financial management of already limited resources. Bana Ba Keletso. Mothers For All. Denise Joseph. Molema Development Trust. Barclays.” he said. the award-winning UK registered charity to provide financial management training to local Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs) in Botswana. The participants expressed their appreciation for the course and the inspiring methods used by the trainer to impart knowledge and information on financial management.” she added. “We are therefore thrilled to have secured financial support from Barclays to enable local NGO staff to attend our training. Stepping Stones International 12 Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited Community Investment Report 2009 .Banking on Brighter Futures MANGO “Effective financial management is essential for the continued sustainability of Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Community Based Organisations (CBOs)” – Thuli Johnson.
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viable and sustainable craft enterprises while simultaneously enhancing management conservation and the utilisation of natural resources. gathering their materials wherever they can. This is changing. to sales. basket weavers work in isolation. 14 Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited Community Investment Report 2009 . ERP is a key catalyst in developing and implementing an integrated management plan for the region. It serves to build the capacity of local communities and empowers them to meaningfully participate in decision-making processes. Prior to this. Empowering them to make more and better baskets that would potentially find a ready market not only within Botswana. Craft studios are being constructed. A community member has been selected to go for HIV/AIDS and gender training. And the community has realised the benefit of sustainable harvesting of natural resources for craft making. weavers would have to travel long distances to seek out suitable weaving material. hand-to-mouth existence. This is a precarious. The knowledge acquired will be used to empower the basket weavers. One of the most innovative aspects of the project involved the planting of 350 weaving trees close to the target villages. particularly basket weaving. KCS was formed as a wildlife conservation organisation in 1982 but it has evolved over the years to deal with the broader biodiversity spectrum. focusing on the production of baskets from the production of raw materials through manufacturing and quality control. A key component of the ERP revolves around crafts. This is a holistic project.Banking on Brighter Futures Kalahari Conservation Society (KCS) KCS’s innovative and sustainable project is aimed at establishing self-managed. Now they can spend their time more productively making baskets. and selling their produce to any passersby. The weavers have received training on quality assurance to ensure the products they produce are of consistently high quality. One of its major projects is its ‘Every River has its People’ (ERP) that runs in the Okavango River Basin. These will have a display space as well as a workshop. but also internationally. Barclays is providing start-up funding for infrastructural development and mentoring for the communities of Etsha Villages. Traditionally. It is anticipated that this project will be selfsustainable within a year.
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But these young people have to face it with an added burden that doesn’t leave too much room for rebellion or experimentation. Surviving adolescence is hard – it’s a time of uncertainty. Mahalapye and Maun. and confusion. With Barclays support the invaluable work of the Teen Club is being extended to adolescents around the country through the establishment of satellite Teen Clubs in Francistown. currently reaching over 1000 teenagers. The Barclays funding has enabled the Teen Club to employ two full-time staff members – a Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator. The Teen Club provides a welcoming environment where HIV-positive adolescents can receive life skills education and information regarding ARV adherence. It’s an achievement of which we should all be justifiably proud. But these gains could be reversed before we know it. and that still carries an isolating stigma. waiting for the day I would die. Mochudi. Through Teen Club I have made a lot of friends – they are like my family … I want to be a lawyer – or a radio journalist – or an accountant… or I want to be a movie star!” – Teen Leader (18) 16 Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited Community Investment Report 2009 . Molepolole. Teen Club’s work will continue as long as there are HIV-positive adolescents who need psychosocial support and life skills education. What’s required are safety nets in the form of psychosocial support interventions that will help HIV-positive adolescents cope with the reality of being a teenager living with HIV. unless we take urgent steps now to prepare for the next evolutionary stage of the HIV/AIDS pandemic – the rapid growth of the adolescent HIV population. improve their selfesteem and acquire the life skills – including financial literacy as a foundation for a healthy transition into adulthood.Banking on Brighter Futures Baylor’s Teen Club Baylor’s Teen Club was established to empower HIV-positive adolescents to build positive relationships. Botswana has made enormous strides in combating paediatric HIV in recent years. It’s all about building a brighter future for Botswana’s HIVpositive youth. The rollout of the curriculum involved the active participation of Barclays colleagues at both sites. In addition. Barclays has been working with Baylor’s Teen Club in the development of a curriculum on Financial Literacy which has been utilised at the Gaborone and Molepolole sites. Enter Baylor’s Teen Club – a spin-off of the Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence. disclosure methods and strategies for dealing with stigma and discrimination. “I was just living in a dark tunnel. sexual awakening experimentation.
“At first. I am happy and I am proud about how I live. when I started taking the medications I thought I was the only one and that made me feel sad and I began to isolate myself from my friends. Life is just good and I am living like any other person and there is no difference between their lives and mine. Teen Club Ya Chesa!” – Boy (14) Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited Community Investment Report 2009 17 .” Girl (14) “I am proud that I know my status because others do not know their status. Then I started to go to Teen Club where I began to feel happier as I realised I’m not the only one.
Widowed in 1991 with four young children under the age of 12. Mothers for All has been able to expand into the Delta Region. in spite of having very little themselves. Based in Selebi-Phikwe. She is building a house with materials bought from the proceeds she has earned. tested HIV positive in 2004.” – Jenni Dunlop. Mothers for All. some 84 women and over 300 children in their care are benefitting as a direct result of this project and the income generated through its implementation. Barclays has funded the provision of paper making equipment which will be used by the mothers to make hand-made paper which in turn will be transformed into a variety of products. These paper projects utilise waste paper that would otherwise end up in landfills. Mothers for All is a charitable trust that was started to help the women who. We also sponsored training for mothers in the art of paper bead and paper mache making. She has gained self-confidence and enjoys the support of other mothers in the group. She is now in control of her life. save and invest in their projects to ensure continued income generating potential. Co-ordinator. three grandchildren and two more orphaned children. the organisation was established to give women who care for and support orphans and vulnerable children a means of generating income. Thanks to Mothers for All. can now buy food and clothing for her extended family. Meet Mapula (not her real name). 18 Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited Community Investment Report 2009 . Since Barclays initial involvement with this innovative organisation in 2008. Mapula. ensuring that no child is without a mother-figure. She has come to accept her HIV status and speaks openly about the issues and problems women in her group face.Banking on Brighter Futures Mothers for All “The donation from Barclays Bank will go a long way in giving hundreds of caregivers of orphaned and vulnerable children an opportunity to develop entrepreneurial skills that will enable them to earn a living. Environmental and financial awareness workshops all of which are essential as the mothers learn how to spend money wisely. are opening their hearts and homes to orphansed children. sole breadwinner caring for two unemployed adults. They are also given an opportunity to gain important life skills. In all. Barclays has also been instrumental in funding AIDS/Health.
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Together with support and input from Barclays. They are gaining a sense of accomplishment which is assisting to build their sense of self-worth. SSI has joined forces with the Cancer Association of Botswana (another Barclays CSI partner) and “outsourced” the making of beads to cancer patients and 22 caregivers In addition. For example. they are learning how to interact confidently with people in authority. SSI developed an income generating project that is designed to teach young people business and marketing skills. the success of the programme goes beyond the profitability of the micro companies. They are not only breaking even. All four of these micro businesses experienced excellent growth in the review. ” 20 Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited Community Investment Report 2009 .Banking on Brighter Futures Stepping Stones International “I feel that someone my age can start a business of their own because if have a lot of skills about how to start a business and earn money for myself. they are starting to generate profits and even to provide income generation opportunities to other groups of people.” Stepping Stones International (SSI) has developed a practical after-school programme for vulnerable youth. They are also learning what commitment means and how to deal with issues of morality and ethics. The youth are learning skills that will stand them in good stead in the future – soft social skills as well as business skills. However. Their wonder and appreciation of what the programme is doing for them is evidenced in their testimonials. the young entrepreneurs are identifying more opportunities to partner with companies and sell their products. “I have learned that income generation programmes are the one thing you can do if you have failed form 3 or form five so that you can make a living from it. As youth nowadays we have a problem with a lack of jobs so this is the road for me – to create a job for me and also my colleagues who will join me. A total of 66 youth are currently participating in the youth companies: Hungry Hippos Super Snacks – a catering company Rocking Rhythm City Company – an events company Mochudi Art Masters – a design company. Rock da World Entertainment – a movie company.
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At the announcement of the five latest recipients of the Mogae Scholarship. Tourism and Hospitality Management and Environmental Science.Banking on Brighter Futures Barclays .Vision 2016. It will contribute to the development of young people in Botswana. Project Management. who are our present and indeed our future. Mogae. the initiative would enable 25 students to finance their post-graduate studies and achieve their professional goals. One has already graduated successfully. former President Festus Mogae said that ultimately. Mogae Scholarship was established in January 2008 in honour of the former President Mr. 22 Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited Community Investment Report 2009 . F. G. Business Studies and Information Studies.G.G.F.5 million to be utilised over a period of three to five years to sponsor individuals who wish to pursue a Masters degree in areas of study that will contribute to the sustained development of Botswana. Agricultural Science. Barclays has committed P 1. A further five candidates were selected in June 2009 following a rigorous application process. Mathematics. Mogae Scholarship “The fund is expected to go a long way towards uplifting Botswana’s skills capacity to a world class standard and to improve the country’s competitive edge. The five inaugural recipients selected in 2008 are studying in the areas of Business Management. Education is key to the development of any nation and Barclays Bank of Botswana is committed to contributing to the achievement of the Pillar of becoming an educated and informed nation as captured in our long term vision for our country . They are currently furthering their studies in the fields of Economics.” – former President Festus Mogae The Barclays – F.
It is such an awesome experience to see companies like Barclays Bank doing all that it can to help the government invest in the youth through education… so that they can help in driving this country to the highest level of achievement.” . Mogae Scholarship recipient Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited Community Investment Report 2009 23 . Mogae Scholarship recipient “I would like to thank Barclays Bank Botswana … for having given me the opportunity to conquer the world.Thebe Modikwa. The award of the scholarship has therefore been a great encouragement to me.” Onyana Modikwe. Mogae in his life and they are principles I’m continuously striving to live by. These are principles exhibited by HE F.G.“Apart from the opportunity for young Batswana like myself to better ourselves professionally. Barclays Mogae Scholarship affirms the values of community service and servant leadership. It’s indeed a dream getting fulfilled at last.
we are particularly proud of the fact that our sponsorship made possible the publication of the first evereducational materials about cancer in Setswana. as well as via clinics.brochures containing general cancer information. Cancer Association of Botswana Over 2. In addition. 24 Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited Community Investment Report 2009 . Through its support of the Cancer Association of Botswana’s educational activities. More than 140 patients and their families have been counselled through the counselling programme in the community and more than 80 patients in the Cancer Care Home in Gaborone. Barclays support has contributed to all three aspects of the Association’s work. Barclays and its colleagues are an invaluable partner” – Kelly Murphy.500 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in Botswana every year. the better one’s chance of survival. cervical and prostate cancer. The new English/ Setswana brochures are being made available on the site as well.Partnering with Local Communities Cancer Association of Botswana “Barclays is more than a donor to the Cancer Association of Botwana. Barclays sponsored weekly radio programmes on national and commercial radio stations on various cancer topics. hospitals. Barclays contribution to the work of the Cancer Association goes way beyond financial support. Executive Director. as well as information about breast cancer. English – and now Setswana . are being distributed through Barclays branches. and educating the public at large about the disease. corporations and awareness events in public venues. Barclays colleagues contributed to improvements for patient care at the Care Home including the provision of an outdoor seating area for patients. However. An introduction to counselling training for cancer survivors in Gaborone and Francistown was also funded by Barclays. including breast cancer. providing a support programme for heath care professionals and cancer survivors. and the provision of privacy curtains. The earlier cancer is detected. a vegetable garden. Barclays is playing a significant role in increasing awareness of cancer issues from prevention to early warning signs as well as services that are available. Barclays also funded the development of a new website to make cancer information more accessible to the general public. The Cancer Association of Botswana plays an invaluable role in three areas – caring for cancer patients in a special facility.
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manage waste and be environmentally friendly alternatives to conventional household practices. the Eco Park in Gaborone. The conversion involved fitting equipment and devices at the school which students can use to learn about measures that will conserve energy. During 2009. Barclays funding enabled the purchase and installation of a power meter box which allows for the utilisation of solar energy throughout the Park. The Eco Park provides an opportunity for Somarelang Tikologo to showcase many of its environmentally friendly initiatives in one location while providing a public space for all citizens of Gaborone to learn about how easy it is to adopt sustainability and go green. the contribution of Barclays helped with the establishment of an Enviro School at Our Lady of the Desert Primary in Francistown. The conversion of the school to an Enviro School took place over eight months and was officially launched in September 2009. Somarelang Tikologo’s mission is to promote sustainable environmental protection by educating. demonstrating and encouraging best practice in environmental planning. Barclays also supported improvements at the Somarelang Tikologo flagship project. resource conservation and waste management in Botswana. The result is that students are inculcated from an early age with knowlegde of being environmentally responsible. 26 Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited Community Investment Report 2009 .Partnering with Local Communities Somarelang Tikologo (Environment Watch Botswana) During 2009. Barclays’ contribution of P180. the second such school in the country.000 helped with the establishment of an Enviro School at Our Lady of the Desert Primary in Francistown. the second such school in the country. It’s a mission shared by Barclays as part of our commitment to Sustainable Development.
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It is in times like this that we are able to demonstrate this commitment to our fellow Batswana and make a difference to the lives of those affected. MD. Mable Rammekwa said the organisation was extremely grateful for the partnership and support that Barclays has extended to them during the crisis. We have to come together in such difficult times” . Boxes were distributed to all 52 Barclays branches throughout the country which generous customers and colleagues filled with clothing. Barclays as a responsible global citizen is obliged to respond and we encourage others to do the same. This enabled the Bank to hand over more than 30 boxes of clothing and P275. food and other items. colleagues and the general public was launched in April to raise funds towards the relief efforts.000 to the Red Cross to distribute to the 300 families who had lost everything in the floods and who were living in tents. The Secretary General of Botswana Red Cross. Barclays was quick to respond to an appeal for assistance. “Barclays takes its responsibility to the community very seriously. Barclays Bank of Botswana When floods devastated communities in the Ngamiland District of the Okavango in April 2009. 28 Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited Community Investment Report 2009 . She implored other organisations to emulate Barclays and make other people’s lives easier during such difficult times. Thuli Johnson. An appeal to customers.Thuli Johnson.” said Barclays Bank of Botswana Managing Director.Partnering with Local Communities Red Cross “It is important for us to recognise the importance of giving back particularly in disaster situations where hundreds of people suddenly find themselves exposed and vulnerable. A special account was established for financial donations.
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the colleagues erected a shade cloth over the plots as part of their Make a Difference Day project. 30 Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited Community Investment Report 2009 . In addition. to support a wide range of projects and initiatives. the Barclays Branch Manager from Mochudi visited the young entrepreneurs to explain the benefits of saving as an investment option. many colleagues give far more of their own time as well. In addition. Colleagues are each given 16 hours annually to undertake some kind of community project. Barclays prides itself in being a committed corporate citizen dedicated to improving the lives of people within the communities in which it operates. Barclays colleagues also supported – as participants and volunteers – the Siletto Walk for Breast Cancer. The funds donated by Barclays from their efforts went towards the Y Care Leadership Training programme. Holy Cross Hospice: 35 colleagues from the Payments International Services and Trade Services teams set up a vegetable garden for the Holy Cross Hospice. to support a wide range of projects and initiatives. many colleagues give far more of their own time as well. during the year.Cancer Association of Botswana: Barclays colleagues supported the awareness and fundraising campaign called Shavathon in Gaborone and Francistown. Highlights of these activities in 2009 included: Y Care Leadership Training: Eight Barclays colleagues participated in the annual Y-Care threeday walk across the Makgakgadi Pans in July 2009.Charity Begins at Work Colleagues are each given 16 hours annually to undertake some kind of community project. In addition. Shavethon . as well as to orphaned children. The hospital employees had appealed for more assistance from the community to raise the child. After planting two vegetable plots and maintaining them for several weeks. In order to prevent this. colleagues realised that birds were eating the plants. They also provided 71 children with school bags filled with stationery and other essential items. and Barclays colleagues responded generously. an NGO that provides care and food to terminally ill patients and their children. to instill a culture of financial discipline. Colleagues volunteered and helped raise funds – and many shaved or coloured their hair. Masunga Primary Hospital: Barclays branch staff donated baby hampers to a four-month-old child who was being raised by the Masunga Primary Hospital staff after being abandoned by her mother. led by Managing Director Thuli Johnson.
Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited Community Investment Report 2009 31 . These have gone a long way in helping patients feel more comfortable at the centre during their six to eight week stay while undergoing treatment. Mabogo Dinku: The Management Information (MI) Team within Chief Operations Officer (COO) function hosted a fundraising concert at MaitisongMaruapula School in aid of a destitute orphan family living in Gamodubu near Gaborone. The Barclays IT team continue to visit the Café and spend time with the children and youth imparting knowledge and information on IT. The project was completed with the assistance of the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation which donated the IDSL connection. VBN who donated Virus and Spam filters. While the government provides the family with food. they are unable to provide for their other needs. Thirteen people who are all HIV positive live in a single room. and Data Network who donated cabling. as a gateway to global opportunities. SOS Children’s Village. Tlokweng: Colleagues from the Information Technology team provided a 10computer Internet Café to the Village. This generous donation was conceived by colleagues who were greatly concerned at the lack of skilled IT personnel in Botswana.Cancer patients at the Association’s Care Home in Gaborone have benefitted directly from the involvement with Barclays colleagues who helped to establish a vegetable garden and an outdoor seating area.
covered the books. the Change Team donated a typing tutor program that will assist the girls to improve their keyboard skills. 32 Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited Community Investment Report 2009 . the Barclays Change Team extended their relationship with Girl Guides Botswana. improving the environment and providing shade for the students. the Barclays team set out to teach the girls and their teachers how to use computers. Naledi Senior Secondary School: Located in one of the poorer neighbourhoods in Gaborone. Girl Guides Botswana: During 2009. Instead of just handing over the books. implemented a security system to prevent theft. the colleagues decided to upgrade their library by providing books the students can use in their studies. Barclays Contact Centre colleagues realised that the school library consisted of one room with shelves. thereby broadening their opportunities to obtain employment. jackets and shoes for 33 boys. We believe our business will benefit from contributing to the development and sustainability of the communities where we operate Mahupu Junior Secondary School: Colleagues in the Card Centre were touched when they learned that three boys’ hostels at this school located 200km from Gaborone in Takatokwane had burned to the ground – leaving the students with only the clothes they were wearing. At the end of the course. While at the school. They also took the opportunity to provide some financial literacy training for the students. They raised sufficient funds to purchase clothes. but without a single book. councillors and elders. In order to motivate the students to excel further. Having donated three computers in the previous year. This was handed over at a ceremony attended by the local Member of Parliament as well as the Village Kgosi. the colleagues cleaned the library and its surroundings.Charity Begins at Work Investing in the community is an important part of Barclays sustainability strategy. The training took place over a period of three weeks. a centre that provides vocational skills to girls who have dropped out of school before matriculating. and decorated the library. the colleagues planted 15 trees. parents and teachers.
Gamodubu Child Care Trust: Located in the Kweneng District some 40km from Gaborone. helping to empower them with survival and business skills. They also collected clothes. they planted vegetables and fruit trees. The boys had been living in a partly-built tworoomed structure which had no toilet or running water and was unsecured. and they lived in the second. has very little. In 2009 they returned and finished what they had started by connecting running water and installing a bathroom and toilet. netting and food for the project and established a garden. school uniforms and bags. Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited Community Investment Report 2009 33 . but ran out of money. Orphan family – Selebi Phikwe: Colleagues at the Selebi Phikwe Main Branch chose as their Make a Difference Day project in 2009 to complete what they had started in 2008. In 2008. The project. to provide a safe and secure home for three destitute orphan brothers. Its needs range from a kitchen and toilets. shoes. all of which was handed over at a special ceremony which included some basic financial literacy training. seeds. this organisation works with orphans. which currently has 133 children in its care. vulnerable children and disadvantaged youth. The Barclays Internal Control Team raised funds to purchase gardening materials. The boys rented out one room to supplement their meagre grant from the town council. In addition. to food and clothing. the colleagues worked hard to complete the construction of the structure.
Make a Difference Day (MA.D is a unique vehicle for colleagues to show how much care they have for their communities.D is about personal choice and colleagues support the cause that matters and inspires them the most. 34 Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited Community Investment Report 2009 .D.D is about personal choice and colleagues support the cause that matters and inspires them the most. It is a culmination of efforts put in throughout the year.D) is an annual two week volunteering campaign supported by Barclays Bank. Amongst these were: environmental conservation activities like tree planting. child and orphan care. This campaign encourages colleagues and people of all ages and diverse backgrounds to give their time to local communities. painting and computer literacy.Make A Difference Day (M.D.AD.D. In 2009. colleagues around the network engaged in different projects to make a positive and lasting impact on the communities in which we operate. MA.D) 2009 Highlights MA.D. to improve the quality of life of those who are less fortunate. M. financial management and life skills training.A.
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