Through this collaboration, BIHL says it continues to support the education and well-being of students who are less privileged.
BIHL Trust Trustee Samson Setumo says as part of its responsibility to be good corporate citizens, they are committed to making a lasting impact in the communities where its associates and customers call home. “We believe in philanthropy and purposeful giving, hence we have partnered with Maru-a-Pula OVC. We partner with socially responsible organisations to source needed funds so that we can contribute to the society at large in all manner of positive ways. As the BIHL Group through the BIHL Trust we are particularly invested in education and in engineering Batswana’s legacies,” he says.
The BIHL Group continues to set aside 1 percent of all Profits After Tax for CSI activities managed by the BIHL Trust. The Trust is a loyal advocate of many education initiatives the likes of the Adopt-A-School programme, through which they have been able to set up eleven libraries to date across the country to name a few.
The OVC Scholarship programme has a significantly positive impact in helping students to become future leaders of tomorrow, and with over a decade of continuously sponsoring the students, the BIHL Trust has helped over 40 students who are now thriving with their further education, and careers, globally.
Said MAP OVC scholarship recipient, Louis Magana ‘20, “I just want to thank the people who are sponsoring the Maru-a-Pula OVC Scholarship, because you are really making an impact in these children’s lives, that are so miraculous that they are achieving what, even in their dreams, they wouldn’t think of.” In 2021, Magana was awarded the Ashinaga Africa Initiative Scholarship and will be studying in the USA. He is interested in Biology and Animal Behaviour.
The OVC Programme, established in 2005, aims to ensure that talented students in Botswana are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in an environment that provides academic, physical and emotional enrichment as well as an excellent education regardless of their economic status. The OVC Programme awards scholarships to orphaned children to enable them to attend the renowned private school to ensure that lack of access to quality education does not prove a hindrance to disadvantaged children. The scholarship covers tuition, boarding, all meals, clothing, medical expenses, stationery and other living expenses. Students who have benefited from the Programme have gone on to fly the Botswana flag high at such prestigious international institutions as Princeton University, Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA respectively.