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Chinese Embassy donates to museum

It was all smiles for Mmabesi Trust when the Chinese Ambassador, Mr Xiaowen Ding donated a cheque for P20000.

Mr Ding extended his philanthropic hand to the Khama III Memorial Museum by presenting a P10 000 cheque, as well as P10000 worth of stationery.

The Serowe South MP and Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Mrs Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, who graced the Trusts event emphasised the importance for donors to know how their assistance has been used.

During his visit, Mr Ding had an opportunity to make calls at villages in the Serowe South Constituency to see how the P121000 that was previously donated by the Embassy to the trust was used for various projects.

Through the trust, which is Mrs Venson-Moitois brainchild, 21 houses have already been built for the needy. Plans are also afoot to construct more houses for destitute people. Mrs Venson-Moitoi said the assistance of donors, especially from China towards the undertakings, would come handy.

She described the ambassador's visit as important to avoid a situation where beneficiaries failed to account for assistance, as he had a look at achievements made through the donations. Mmabesi Trust has among others helped youth development in areas of sport, arts and culture as well as the needy.

It has assisted seven needy students to access tertiary education, while some schools were bought photocopiers. These, she said, was made possible by the Chinese Embassy.

Mr Ding has vowed to continue the assistance throughout the country. It is pleasing to see smiles and appreciation from all those, who have been assisted.

In addition he said his embassy will sponsor football tournament in the constituency, as sport is vital in the development of the youth and improving health.

He was hopeful that the gestures will go a long way in strengthening the already existing relationship between the two countries.

Presenting the cheque and stationery to the museums board members, Mr Ding said donations should be able to facilitate the activities of the establishment.

Mr Bernard Letsididi, a board member expressed gratitude towards the gesture, saying it would go a long way in assisting the museum, which was going through a financial crisis.

Staff members sometimes go for months without their salary and this donation will surely assist in the running of this museum, He urged the ambassador to help solicit more assistance for the museum from his acquaintances.

Source: BOPA

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