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Chobe Safari Lodge wins Runner up

Chobe Safari Lodge wins Runner up at the 2014 SADC Gender Protocol Summit Awards in the Gender Based Violence Category and will represent Botswana at the Regional SADC Protocol Work Summit in RSA

Leanne Britton and Kubi Rama (Genderlinks Deputy Chief Executive Officer)

Chobe Fish Eagle a Botswana owned Company comprising of 6 Camps and Lodges operating in the Tourism Sector throughout Botswana; namely (Chobe Safari Lodge, Nata Lodge, Pom Pom Camp, Gunn’s Camp, Moremi Crossing and Chobe Bush Lodge). The group was represented by Mma Leanne Britton the company’s “Group Training and Development Manager” who started the involvement with the Kachikau Special Care Unit for the Mentally and Physically Disabled Children of the Chobe District in 2012, when the group was approached to assist in supplying donations for the School's - Special Olympics Event.

Chobe Fish Eagle through Chobe Safari Lodge then officially adopted the Kachikau Primary School Special Care Unit of the Chobe District in September 2013 in order to comply with Vision 2016.

Mma Britton said that the motivation for the company to become involved in such a worthwhile project was to support the 2016 Vision Pillars namely "A Compassionate, Just, Caring Nation" through adopting the 23 children, 1 teacher and 8 care givers of Kachikau Primary School Special Care Unit and through this show love, care and support of the school and its pupils.

The delivery of this was and is achieved through visiting the school to show its support to the children, teachers and care givers. Chobe Safari Lodge is able to show the children that its 187 employees, accept, care for and support them. The children’s confidence has grown so much just in knowing that they have friends from within the community. Chobe Fish Eagle has also committed to obtaining donations of time and equipment where possible to assist with any special needs of the children, teachers and care givers of the Special Care Unit. This initiative assists in bridging the gap between what the Governments is able to provide and the needs of the school through Corporate Social Responsibility. Further motivation to get involved with this initiative is to dispel the stigma attached to the Mentally and Physically Disabled Youth in our Chobe District.

It is a known fact that 1 out of 3 disabled children are soft targets of Gender Based Violence due to their limitations. The company believes that through its friendship and the involvement of its representatives it can be the children’s protectors, eyes and ears. This is done through exposing as many Chobe Safari Lodge/Chobe Fish Eagle Employees and Chobe Community Members to the school. Highlighting the facility and the excellent work that is being done there. The initiative is good practice as it brings awareness to the community, children's parents and teachers of Kachikau Primary School as well as the Chobe District.

As a result of being nominated as Runner Up in the Gender Based Violence Category at the SADC Gender Protocol Summit – spear headed by Gender Links, Bala, Women Affairs Department and the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs Mma Britton will now be going to represent Botswana at the Regional SADC Gender Protocol Summit in South Africa being held from the 25th till the 29th of May 2014. Should Mma Britton win her category in the Gender Based Violence section then this valuable initiative would be adopted by the other SADC counties to be implemented in their districts in order to fight Gender Based Violence and promote the rights and needs of the Mentally and Physically Disabled Children of the SADC region.

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