Kabelo Moloigaswe,
tomorrow will be better

Kabelo Moloigaswe believes in his country’s resources and young people. “My mother brought me up on her own with the help of my uncle. I grew up in Lethlkane, a mining town in the west of the country.” Very early on, the young Motswana wanted to break out of there and help future generations. Hopes are high, but so is the level of work to be done. While he was studying IT, he worked in a cinema in the capital, Gaborone. He worked for the Red Cross for two months and travelled all over the country taking part in a campaign to raise awareness about malaria. In 2005 he became an operator in an Orange call centre. At the same time he took a distance learning management course at the University of South Africa (Unisa). With his new degree in hand, he was able to take on greater professional responsibilities.

When Orange launched its foundation in Botswana, Kabelo became a volunteer: “I wanted the company to succeed in what it had set out to do. Orange committed itself to finding its place in Batswana society, and to invest in the poorest families. The financial support Orange provides is necessary for organisations to survive and function efficiently.” The first programme set up by the foundation was the renovation of a children’s play centre. Since then, Kabelo joined Tlamelong trust “This NGO, run by a church, helps impoverished children. It provides food and clothing and offers courses for those children about to sit their exams.”

"We need to find the leaders of tomorrow ”"

Along with other Orange employees Kabelo organizes an annual event to collect donations for these children: “For a month, we run a campaign to collect money, warm clothing and blankets before winter comes. We spend the day at the centre with the children. We cook, we play with them, and we give them the stuff we’ve collected.”

The 31 year old Batswana dreams of a time when all his country’s young people will be the originators of their own destiny, and be able to study: “We need to find the leaders of tomorrow, and I’ve realized that families need help to do that. There’s still a lot of work to be done, but you can’t live in a country without worrying about its future generations.”

Portrait by Apolline Guichet

 

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