Dignified life for disabled mom of two

Seapei and family with well wishers
Seapei and family with well wishers

Dignity has come to the home of Lesang Seapei, a wheelchair bound disabled young mum of two in Leshibitse, thanks to the President’s Housing Appeal in conjunction with Botswana Couriers and Logistics and Kebo Electricals.

Last Wednesday, Seapei’s new look home stuffed with all middle class necessities, was unveiled with fanfare.

Built through the President’s Housing Appeal initiative, the two-bedroom house has been given a facelift worth P100,000 convenient for someone with her disability.

The family is now waking up to warm baths, thanks to the newly installed geyser and electricity.

Her home is now fitted with water that runs into her stylish kitchen and bathroom.It is a lovely home with the two kids now enjoying the comfort of a double bunker complete with linen, while their mom in the other bedroom now boasts of a queen sized bed, also complete with linen.

Their newly furbished house also has a lovely set of sofas in the sitting room, while the kitchen looks modern with fitted sink, new fridge, stove, set of pots and stacks of food hampers that were displayed in two full 45 litre size containers. The various food stacks are valued at P15,000 with suggestions that some of the extra food be used by the youthful mom to start a tuck-shop from her home and earn a living from it.

A ramp to the house allows her to move about in her wheelchair with ease.

The electricity was made possible with the assistance of Kebo Electricals. Botswana Couriers have vowed to continue checking on the family’s basic needs including the payment of the utilities such as water and electricity, to ensure that the family is not cut off due to non-payment.

Botswana Couriers also fenced the yard, erected gates, and built a lavatory for the family. It was a joyful day as the Botswana Couriers & Logistics executive committee led by chairman, Puma Mathware, handed over the rare facility in the presence of senior officials from the Office of the President, including senior private secretary, George Thalerwa, as well as the office of the district commissioner from Mochudi.

Botswana Couriers and Logistics spokesman, Sakaeyo Baitshepi, commended his staff members for taking the lead in the project.

It was the Botswana Couriers and Logistics staff who individually contributed all the food hampers. Carol Mogotsi, the marketing manager at Botswana Couriers, said the staff contributed about P10,000 worth of food. In fact some of the food hampers were also donated to 10 other needy families in the village of Leshibitse on the same day.

The staff members also contributed a total of P60,000 in cash from a portion of their leave days to make this project a success, according to Baitshepi.

Baitshepi said his company also paid a local builder P5,000 to refurbish the home. He added that they also hired a tent from one of the beneficiaries of the Poverty Eradication project.

Editor's Comment
What about employees in private sector?

How can this be achieved when there already is little care about the working conditions of those within the private sector employ?For a long time, private sector employees have been neglected by their employers, not because they cannot do better to care for them, but because they take advantage of government's laxity when it comes to protecting and advocating for public sector employees, giving the cue to employers within the private sector...

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