Bank Gaborone Staff recently donated P10, 000.00 to the Downs Syndrome Association of Botswana (DSAB). The donation came after Bank Gaborone staff took it upon themselves to raise funds for the association.
The donations are to support the association with creating a space that allows those with Down Syndrome to be able share their experiences, create a support system and most importantly make them feel cherished. “At Bank Gaborone we believe that everyone deserves dignity, and we believe that by supporting those with Down Syndrome we are contributing to an inclusive, diversified and dignified society.” said Duduetsang Chappelle-Molloy, Head: Marketing & Corporate Communication Services.
DSAB Chair, Marina Ngwako cited that a lack of resources has been an impediment to the growth of the association and included the upside of assisting and embracing those who are affected by Downs Syndrome. “The earlier a child who has Down Syndrome is developed and integrated into society and community organisations, such as school, health care systems and social activities, the quicker they will be able to adjust in the society will also be more receptive to them. It is important to raise awareness and provide genetic counselling for parents who have children with this condition.” stated Ngwako. Bank Gaborone says it continuously invests in a range of social and community-based projects that aim to make an improved and sustainable difference in the lives of those who benefit from its social investment. The Bank has continued to create and support initiatives which are in consonance with its Corporate Social Responsibility policy.
Over its 16 years of operation there have been various Corporate Social Responsibility undertakings with a great number of them aimed at youth focused organizations such as Lephoi Centre (Francistown), Botswana Baylor Children’s Clinical Centre of Excellence and Windows of Hope (Ghanzi) among others. Bank Gaborone has also taken it upon itself to fight illnesses such as Diabetes as health indicators show that these it is growing concern in Botswana. The Bank says it intends to further strengthen its relations with stakeholders in order for its donations and sponsorships to reach out to more communities.