Funding challenge hurts Special Olympics

Funding needs: Lack of funds is affecting Special Olympics’ activities
Funding needs: Lack of funds is affecting Special Olympics’ activities

Special Olympics Botswana continues to be hurt by financial challenges, which affect the implementation of critical programmes.

The spokesperson for the movement, Lame Ramokate said funding is the albatross around the local Olympic movement's neck. “We have started engaging the private sector to support us and we have a number of fundraising activities that we will unveil in due course.

In addition, we have human resource challenges, as the office only has the national coordinator, who is responsible for administration and programme activities, with the assistance of the board and volunteers,” she said. Ramokate said they rely on the goodwill of the corporate sector to support Special Olympics athletes. She said Special Olympics are a global inclusion movement changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through health, education, and skills development programmes. “The Special Olympics World Games are held every four years. Athletes with intellectual disabilities compete in 26 Olympic-type summer sports.

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