Botswana is an amazing country, landlocked in Southern Africa. It has been one of the fastest growing tourism attractions in Africa boasting the vast wilderness of the Okavango Delta. The people are gentle and extremely hospitable. Botswana has a wealth of wildlife in their country which they have been vigorously protecting in the interest of economic growth and opportunities for it’s people. The magnificent unfenced spaces are home to massive herds of Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, huge prides of Lion and many other species in healthy numbers. On the border of Zimbabwe they enjoy the Chobe River converging with the mighty Zambezi. Here the Elephant herds come down to the river to take long playful swims around midday. Huge numbers of Hippopotamus and Crocodiles also reside here.
Botswana is topographically flat, with up to 70 percent of its land being the Kalahari Desert which is also a wildlife conservation area. It is bordered by South Africa to the south and southeast, Namibia to the west and north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast.
A mid-sized country of just over 2 million people, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. Many people live a subsistent life, farming the land and herding cattle.
The country has been among the hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Despite the success in programmes to make treatments available to those infected, and to educate the populace in general about how to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS, the number of people with AIDS rose from 290,000 in 2005 to 320,000 in 2013. As of 2014, Botswana has the third-highest prevalence rate for HIV/AIDS.
A low employment rate in the communities has lead to poverty in some areas with a high prevalence of social issues. Many children find themselves destitute, begging on the streets and abusing substances.
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Bana Ba Letsatsi (BBL) was founded in 2002 to provide rehabilitation, shelter, nourishment, education, medical and emotional support for these children. BBL also supports the early childhood stage by providing many more community children with the opportunity to private preschools.
Love Botswana Outreach Mission is an organization, with a diverse staff of many nationalities, ages, single and married, all helping to grow and develop a ministry that focuses on equipping indigenous leaders to effectively reach their communities for Christ.