FOR YOU MMA: Charne Christensen handing over gifts to granny Satlhaga

Grand Palm treats destitute family to Mother’s Day luncheon

Grand Palm hotel resort in Gaborone recently extended their palm of generosity to an impoverished Moshaneng granny and her 24 orphaned grandchildren as they organized a fun-filled pre-Mothers day luncheon for the family.

The colourful event that was held by the poolside within the hotel’s premises, according to Marketing Manager Charne Christensen, was meant to put a smile on the long suffering granny Kealebale Satlhaga for the tireless commitment she has shown in mothering the children over the years.

“The management and staff of the Grand Palm invited you and your family here today in recognition of the role you are playing in the lives of these children,” he said.

Satlhaga’s situation came to the attention of the Grand Palm in October last year when The Voice published her overwhelming plight. Now aged 78, and surviving on limited social services,  Satlhaga found herself taking care of her 24 grand children after her eight children, she said, died of HIV related illnesses.

Last year she was identified by the Habitat for Humanity as the worst of the 34 families that were to benefit from Barclays Bank of Botswana’s housing project. In recognition of her situation the bank built her two houses to replace a tin and mud shack that the family had been living in.

An elated Satlhaga could not avoid shedding tears of joy at the luncheon as she thanked God for her blessings and vowed to utilize her gifts wisely. “I will also make sure that my young kids finish school and have a brighter future so that the next generation can live a much better lifestyle,” she said.

Other sponsors for the event included Game, Global Holdings and Lady Khama Charitable Trust.

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Chris M

This Grandma is a real hero! Needs more support. This is what our country should be known for, having a heart! Cheers everybody for having a blessed hand that giveth!

cheerful

WOW! Speechless!!!
The lady is an inspiration despite the setbacks she was having she kept her family together- “she wants her children to have a brighter future” – WOW!! you are a darling – pleased for the Flower of Moshaneng you definitely deserved some pampering – thumbs up and three cheers to the Grand Palm and the Voice for making this possible. May the good Lord bless the Flower of Moshaneng and her family and may he watch over you all

cheerful

Chris I wholeheartedly agree with you that the lady needs more support What support can you suggest for households that are encountering the same difficulties like the lady including those children that are looking after other children in the absence of parents. Hats off and three cheers for the Journalist You have found time in your busy life to assist the family- all this came from your heart- your family must be proud of you- hope they take care of you on fathers day 22nd June You are a humble person and thats what it takes to assist someone less… Read more »

cheerful

Step aside all you celebrities make way for the Diamond of Moshaneng!!

cheerful

Your support for the Journalist will be much appreciated.

Your support for the Lady and others and they families who find themselves in unfortunate situations will be much appreciated

Chris M

Obviously you are passionate about helping our less fortunate fellow citizens, cheerful, and that’s wonderful. I’m probably not the right person for this but I’m a firm believer in aid to address an immediate emergency but coupling that with opportunity for able people to work themselves out of poverty, graduating from aid and social welfare to the dignity of employment! By far, the best way to mobilize the society is by education, high quality education that is relevant to the needs of the local market or, better still, that gets them to create jobs. Good shelter for this family, good… Read more »

cheerful

Chris!! you are one of them (?!) u have just mentioned all of them!!! and it is all about putting them into practice!!! Another factor i believe in is transparency

Chris M

Absolutely, cheerful. There can never be success in government or any form of business without the players adhering to high level of honesty, integrity and unquestioned transparency. Botswana’s relative success and continued positive trend has been due to relatively good transparency and democracy that we need to continue to fine tune and consolidate. We just need to learn from ourselves and draw from our traditions really! They have served us well even when we partner with allies from anywhere else in the world!

cheerful

Please everyone do your utmost this festive season (i know we are only in the middle of the year!!)for those less fortunate than yourselves REACH OUT TO THEM especially those who find themselves alone e.g. orphans, the homeless, the elderley , those going without food. Dear lord please listen to this request and grant a miracle for this coming festive season!!!

cheerful

Fine Tuning(mm!) It would be nice to hear about an independant organisation (made of civil society e.g a lawyer, accountant,religious leader (s) etc.)to oversees the work of ALL the Charitable organisations (i.e. making sure that they all function in a transparent and proper manner), It would also allow members of the public to approach the Organisation should their find faults etc. that occur in the Charities. Then this Organisation would be in a position to approach the Charity concerned and make investigations and make a public statement. This example is done in some countries – at the end of the… Read more »

cheerful

The advantage of having this independant organisation e.g. in some countries each registered charity is given a number and the legal requirement is the number has to be displayed at all times

Chris M

Yes, indeed! Dr. Somolekae has been making a brilliant proposal in line with what you are saying. That there should be an organization mandated to oversee and coordinate poverty eradication. Somewhat similar to the one coordinating the successful HIV/AIDS programme. There are good people in our politics who make a difference and there is whole lot of them that are, to put it mildly, appalling! Some of the allegations about corruption and the like are just manifestation of lack of information about things rather than real corruption in my view. The declaration of assets and liabilities, and the freedom of… Read more »