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Japan’s GGP Coordinator at Gaborone Embassy, Reika Horio leaves Botswana

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Coordinator of the Government of Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Ms Reika Horio concludes her contract with the Embassy of Japan in Botswana on December 27.

She will leave Botswana the next day (December 28th) “for good,” she shared with The Midweek Sun. Horio described her two and half years of service for the betterment of Botswana as truly remarkable, an honour and “great pleasure,” which she will cherish in her future assignments.

The Government of Japan’s grant scheme ‘Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects’ (GGP) was first introduced in Botswana in 1997 to assist non-governmental organisations, educational institutes, medical institutes, and local governments. The grant supports people-centred, relatively small development projects of such organisations which have direct and
immediate impact on the well-being of disadvantaged communities at grassroots level.

Horio arrived in Botswana during the tenure of former Ambassador, Masahiro Onishi and is currently serving under Ambassador Kozio Takeda. During her service she presided over a total of 11 projects worth US$ 615, 817 that have brought an immense difference to the livelihoods of peoples in rural and remote areas. In the year 2016 alone, GGP provided $19,937 to Humana People to People to improve the Vocational Training Centre in Selebi Phikwe; $15,204 to Bobonong Community Home Based Care Trust to improve the Bobonong Community Farm; $78,459 to Okavango Sub District Council to construct a Pre-school in Tlhale Primary, Gumare; $76,175 to Tsabong Sub District Council to construct a Classroom Block at Mc Carthy’s Rust Primary School in Kgalagadi District and $18,795 to Zwenshambe Brigades to improve Auto-Mechanics Training Programme.

Again in 2017 the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects funded the construction of Oodi Pre-school in Kgatleng District to the tune of $67,505; Construction of Special Education Unit at Kgale Hill Junior Secondary School in South East District for $ 77,488 and construction of Malatswae Pre-school in Central District at a cost of $82,720. This year, the Grant funded the construction of Lerolwane Pre-school in Southern District at $86,400; Construction of Guidance & Counselling Block at Baratani Junior Secondary School for $46,884 as well as the construction of Guidance & Counselling Block at Motswasele Junior Secondary School
at the cost of $46,250.

Horio told The Midweek Sun that since the inception of the Grant Assistance scheme, a total 55 projects have either been built or assistsed in Botswana as at December 2018.

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BUSHIRI HELPED US

Yvonne Mooka

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The torment that Keloneilwe family in Goo Kodisa had been subjected to for over a year is now a thing of the past.This is thanks to the intervention of Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, if what Kgosi Moalakwena Keloneilwe says is anything to go by.

He told The Midweek Sun that he went to see Prophet Shepherd Bushiri in Pretoria on April 12 and was told by Major One, as Bushiri is known, that all is well. “When I arrived at his church, I met him and showed him The Midweek Sun article about the incident and he laid hands on it and said ‘It is done.’ “He didn’t say much,” said Keloneilwe. He said that the Enlightened Christian Gathering leader also gave him anointing oil.

“He also preached that when we pray in tongues, the anointing oil changes into the Holy Spirit and that it can do anything that we ask it to do. “He warned that if we don’t use it properly, it can be dangerous. But again, the prophet taught us that anybody can perform miracles,” said the tribal leader, who is also a cousin to the family that was tormented by the evil creature.

Kgosi Keloneilwe said that he was speechless when he arrived back home to find that government through social workers had instructed that the family move to Moshupa into a Village Development Committee house. “That same Monday, they moved to Moshupa which makes sense concerning what the prophet was saying that it is done.

The children have even gone back to school,” he said. He said that he did not tell his cousins that he was going to see Bushiri and only told them when he came back. The family has been tormented by an unknown creature, believed to appear in the form of a snake, a monkey the next minute and also a dirty doll.

In a previous interview with this reporter, the headman revealed that the children had been away from school for a year because the creature has torn their school uniforms into pieces. He also said that efforts to take them to school were made difficult by the fact that the creature throws stones at any car that takes them to school. It was also said that it threw stones at the children and slapped them if they dared go to school.

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World telecoms day commemoration in Sefhare

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President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi will join the ministry of transport and communications to commemorate the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD) in Sefhare this coming Friday.

The event will be held at Sefhare Primary School grounds starting at 0900hrs. This year the commemorations will be celebrated under the theme ‘Bridging the Standardization gap’. Bridging the Standardization gap is one of the strategic goals of the International and Communication Union’s (ITU) standardisation sector. The purpose of WTISD is help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of internet and other Information and Communication Technologies (ITCs) can bring to societies and economies as well as ways to bridge the digital divide.

The day marks the founding of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).On the 17th May 1865 when the first International telegraph Convention was signed in Paris. This year we celebrate 50th Anniversary of World Telecommunications and Information Society Day which has been celebrated annually since 1969.

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