Sponsor a child in Botswana
We have been working in Botswana since 1980. The numbers of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS has risen in Botswana over recent decades, making the work of SOS Children increasingly important.
With SOS Children, you can help orphaned and abandoned children in Botswana by sponsoring a child:
An improving economy hides high poverty and inequality
Botswana is a middle-income country with a relatively large middle-class population. Despite its economic growth, poverty and inequality remain high. Close to a third of people in Botswana live in poverty, and well over half of those in rural parts lack access to decent sanitation.
The HIV/AIDS epidemic takes its toll
At 23% of the adult population, Botswana has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the world. This has huge human and economic effects on Botswana and means the life expectancy of the population has fallen in recent years. However, improvements have lowered mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS and HIV treatment programmes in Botswana have proven effective, providing hope for the future.
Children's welfare threatened by HIV/AIDS
- Of Botswana's 140,000 orphaned children, as many as 120,000 have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS.
- The HIV/AIDS pandemic means that more and more children are taking on responsibility for their families. This means that children do not get the start in life they need to escape the cycle of poverty.
- Around 11,000 children in Botswana live with HIV/AIDS.
Our work in Botswana
Many of the children we care for in Botswana have lost their parents to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. At some of our Children's Villages, we take in young people above the usual age because the disease leaves whole families without caregivers. Many of these children have never attended school and have missed out on a safe, happy childhood. Their parents incapacitated, it became their role to make ends meet. We are there to provide a fresh start for young people robbed of the childhood they deserve.
SOS Children began working in Botswana in 1986 when we opened a community in Tlokweng in a suburb of the capital, Gaborone, about 7km from the city centre. Our children attend local schools, all within walking distance. At about 16, they move into one of our three youth houses, where they take their first guided steps towards self-sufficiency. Our SOS Vocational Training Centre teaches them the skills they need to find work.
Watch these videos of life inside SOS Children's Village Tlokweng.
SOS Children's Village Francistown was built in 1998. About 400 km north of Gaborone, near the border with Zimbabwe, it has 16 family houses and an SOS Nursery which, like all SOS nursery schools and schools, is attended by children from the surrounding community as well as from the SOS Children's Village.
SOS Children's Village Serowe opened in 2009 and comprises twelve family houses, a small clinic and an SOS nursery. A house for the village director, staff houses, an administration and service area and a multipurpose hall are also included. SOS Children's Village Serowe offers a new home to up to 120 children.
SOS Children's Village Association Botswana
PO Box 30396
Tel: +267/39 53 220
Fax: +267/395 32 20