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PLANNED BOTSWANA EXPEDITION ROUTE
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From Jan 6th - Jan 8th
Jan 6th -8th

In Gaborone
-Life in Botswana
-Visiting the Maru-a-Pula School

Learn more about the places to be visited by the Expedition Team:

Gaborone, Botswana
Gaborone is Botswana’s capital, which lies very close to the South African border. This city is named after Chief Gaborone; the leader that led his Batlokwa tribe to this region from the Magaliesberg Mountains in 1880. This site was chosen as the capital because of its strategic location, the availability of a reliable water supply and its closeness to the cross continental railway line. This region is very famous for its diamonds.

Since its creation, Gaborone has become a modern city; home of one of Africa’s most successful economies. It is the commercial, administrative and political center of the country. Gaborone is a growing city as more and more buildings and suburbs are being built. Shopping malls are regularly emerging, along with night clubs, restaurants and hotels, amongst many things. Gaborone is also home to some museums, which house some traditional crafts and southern African art.

We are in Gaborone for only two days and we are dedicating both days on exploring the city. We will also tell you about a school that is making a difference; the Maru-a-PulaSchool.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.go2africa.com/botswana/gaborone/gaborone/

  • Maru-a-Pula School, Gaborone(Secondary School)

HIV/AIDS is changing the lives of many in Botswana, which has one of the world’s highest infection rates. Did you know that over 35% of the adult population has the HIV virus? Many adults are dying, leaving their children behind. As the number of orphans continues to increase, more and more resources are desperately needed to ensure that they have a chance to be successful in life. In Botswana, one in every six children is an orphan.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation is currently working with the Maru-a-Pula School to ‘educate future leaders.’ This foundation’s plan with the school is “to invest in future African leaders who know, through personal experience, the rigors of being an orphan, and who are equipped to speak for and lead change.” The Stephen Lewis Foundation believes that if this school continues to show leadership, other African schools will follow this path.

The foundation is supporting this school by providing funding for four students for three years, by covering their tuition, text books and supplies as well as their exam fees and school trips. This school is Botswana’s leading secondary school; a school that must respond to the crisis of HIV/AIDS in Botswana. With seven orphans currently attending the school, the plan is to increase this number to ten in 2006 and sixty by 2010.

Our aim is to show you how the school is and meet some students who are greatly benefiting from this secondary school. How do they feel to be part of a caring and encouraging environment? How do they feel about their future and what do they feel about leadership? Be sure to follow this part of the expedition!

For more information about the Maru-a-PulaSchool, please visit:
http://www.map.ac.bw/
http://www.stephenlewisfoundation.org/what_project.cfm?project=826