Project #2: Provide Supplies for Homeless Families in Botswana

The Giving Games: Youth and Schools Play it Forward has partnered with the Charter for Compassion International to bring you four featured projects. Each project focuses on one of the Charter’s partner organizations, each part of a community of thousands of groups, governments, and individuals collectively working to bring the Charter for Compassion to life around the globe. Work with your students to select one of these projects to focus on during the Games!

Project #2: Provide Supplies for Homeless Families in Botswana

About this project: The Botho Compassion Movement’s fundamental aim is to nurture above all things, compassion. ‘Botho,’ a Setswana word, is used remember the ancient root of this principle in Setswana history. Botho is in fact one of Botswana’s five national principles, (the others being, democracy, development, self-reliance and unity). The Botswana’s Vision for 2016 states: ‘Botho defines a process for earning respect by first giving it, and to gain empowerment by empowering others. It encourages people to applaud rather than resent those who succeed. It disapproves of anti-social, disgraceful, inhuman and criminal behaviour, and encourages social justice for all. It means above all things to base your thoughts, actions and expectations for human interaction on the principles of Love, Respect and Empathy.’

The Botho Compassion Movement is currently serving homeless families in Jwaneng squatter camps. Collaborating with local organizations, they delivered food and clothing on October 19th and 21st 2015. The Botho Compassion Movement is attempting to address concerns such as child health and safety in the camps. Though the challenges are great, founder Magdalena Whoolery feels that “with determination and perseverance we can turn this terrible situation around.”

How you can help: Use the #GivingTuesday Helping Hands Penny Project template and lesson plato create a fundraising service project for your class, or contact The Botho Movement to find out other ways you can support this project.

Contact: Visit or contact Magdalena Whoolery at

View the Other Featured Projects Here

Project #1: Help Build a School for Sierra Leone Orphans

Project #3: Give Girls in Pakistan Access to Education

Project #4: Support the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation