On 20 April, British Deputy High Commissioner Oliver Richards visited
Ghanzi to meet with Gantsi Craft and to see first-hand the results of
a project supported by the High Commission.
Gantsi Craft ran 2 workshops that reached 7 communities in the region,
and successfully extended the benefits of Gantsi Craft’s work to new
communities in places like Kaudwane. The workshops were also attended
by representatives from the Department of Wildlife and National Parks,
helping to strengthen understanding between communities and
Deputy High Commissioner Oliver Richards said “I was impressed by the work
of Gantsi Craft and it was great to see the impact that its programmes are
having on communities. We are looking at how we can build on this.”
The visit also provided an opportunity to meet with other representatives
both from government and from the San communities, to learn more about the
specific challenges such communities face, and the efforts of various
organisations including other members of the Kuru Family to address them.
Ghanzi, located in one of the more remote areas of Botswana, faces a number
of challenges, including poor educational performance, high HIV/AIDS
prevalence rates and limited economic opportunity.
In this context, the British High Commission welcomes the recent dialogue
between government and communities and believes this provides a good basis
for addressing the development needs of the local populations.