BY TLOTLO MBAZO
Botswana Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Support Centre (BGBVPSC) has secured four more safe houses in different areas to cater for gender-based violence survivors who need shelter during the 28-day lockdown.
According to the CEO of BGBVPSC, Lorato Moalusi, the Centre has been receiving more cases on a daily basis since the beginning of the lockdown on Friday and are expecting more.
“We’ve had to turn away a GBV survivor last Thursday because of limited spaces, but we are happy that we are with her now,” Moalusi says, adding that this is what the are trying to avoid by securing more space.
Currently the principal shelter in Gaborone is full as they were forced to cut to half their normal capacity of 20 to only 10 as a result of the Covid-19 regulations.
Moalusi adds that they are preparing for the inevitable by setting up more safe houses. She appeals to good samaritans to assist with furniture such as beds, cooking facilities and kitchen utensils.
BGBVPSC in collaboration with other youth and child care organizations as well as the Ministry of Health and Wellness is also actively involved in humanitarian care of the less previledged during the lockdown by supplying care packages including toiletries and food. They have already distributed to targeted families in Gaborone, Gabane, Tlokweng, Metsimotlhabe, Mmopane and Ghantsi.
Moalusi adds that they have also been proactive to offer phycho-social support to frontline workers, staff in two of the 14 quarantine sites and to those that have been quarantined. They have availed 30 counselors from five NGOs – BGBVPSC, Women Against Rape in Maun, BOSASNET, Child Line and LEGABIBO.
“We started on Saturday assigning two of our cousellors per quarantine centres that we chose to work with, that is Cresta Lodge and Grand Aria,” Moalusi says.