In 2015, Orange Foundation Botswana sponsored projects to support women entrepreneurship, education and culture.
Orange Foundation mobilised employees to volunteer their time, skills and resources during the 2015 Orange employee volunteering week. Employees joined in solidarity and raised funds for donation of printers, library books and education equipment for one of the local secondary schools, Kagiso Senior Secondary School. Employees also conducted computer lessons, a career guidance fair and a Maths and Science quiz for the students.
Orange Foundation awarded top achieving students in the Special Needs Category at the Botswana Examination Council (BEC) 6th Annual Excellence Awards. This was the 6th time in a row that Orange supported this activity since its inception. The awards are held each year in recognition of the student’s hard work and excellence in their final examinations, despite their situation. Orange awarded prizes for students with hearing and visual impairments. The prizes for the visually impaired were laptops equipped with JAWS software, whereas students with hearing impairment were presented with Tablets and other Orange branded goodies.
In its continued efforts to empower local women led businesses, Orange Foundation launched the 2015 edition of the Women’s Corporate Gift Challenge in July. The initiative challenges women in business to harness and display their uttermost creativity and innovation by proposing, designing and supplying corporate gifts for Orange Stakeholders. A total of 100 000 was set aside for the competition to purchase the most appealing gifts submitted by the women. The initiative has been going on for the past 5 years.
Orange Foundation partnered with Government of Botswana through Gender Affairs for the second time in a row, to sponsor the 2015 Annual National Women’s Exposition under the theme ‘Beijing + 20 - Women’s Economic Empowerment; Prosperity and Progress for All’. The exposition is one of the poverty eradication strategies adopted by Government, which targets women entrepreneurs from all over the country. It offers women entrepreneurs an opportunity to show-case their products and learn from one another.