1 in 4 adults in
*UNAIDS (United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) 2009
Maun is situated in the far north of Botswana and is the country’s fifth largest town. Home to more than 50,000 people, it is the tourism hub of Botswana and the gateway to the world-famous and wildlife rich Okavango Delta. Maun is growing exponentially as people leave their rural cattle posts in favour of ‘better’ opportunities in town. As a result of this influx, unemployment is growing – as are the many social issues that it brings.
The number of at-risk children needing our support has increased since our organisation was first established. Although the occurrence of orphans and vulnerable children predates Botswana’s HIV/AIDS epidemic, the high infection rates have certainly had a big impact. The hardest hit is those of child-bearing age and this has resulted in many children being left in the care of elderly grandparents, and a staggering number of children heading households themselves.