23 November 2020GABORONE – Thursday 19th November 2020 morning saw the BIHL Group charitable arm, the BIHL Trust, once again reaffirm its resolute dedication towards empowering young Batswana through education, a primary pillar and focus area of the Trust.The Trust continued in its annual commitment to Maru-a-Pula (MaP) Secondary School to further support the Orphan and Vulnerable Children’s (OVC) Programme at the school, this year handing over P250,000.00 towards bursaries for the OVC Programme. The donation was handed by the BIHL Trust’s Trustee, Mrs. Esther Kanaimba-Senai to the Acting School Head, Mr. Peloewetse. The School also bestowed the Trust with an award of gratitude for the 10 consecutive years that the Trust has been donating and supporting the School through this platform.In keeping with the level of importance that the BIHL Trust places in education, a decision was made in 2009 to contribute P200,000.00 annually to the OVC Fund. The OVC Programme now has 30 students and, with this year’s increase of P50,000 to the annual donation, the School is now able to buy the students laptops which are very handy during the various impacts of the current COVID-19 pandemic. To date, the BIHL Group, through the Trust and on behalf of Subsidiaries Botswana Life and BIFM, has donated P2.1 million to the Programme over 10 years.Said Mrs. Kanaimba-Senai, “The crucial role individuals and institutions play in uplifting Botswana towards the tenets of Vision 2036 cannot be over-emphasised. Our commitment is unwavering and we believe in long-term investment and sustainability. We are grateful too for the token of appreciation from Rre Peloewetse and the School. There is never any expectation for return when donating in this manner, but the joy in seeing the fruits of that donation in the form of an excelling, educated child. We are humbled and we are privileged to be able to make some sort of an impact towards the education sector.The OVC Programme, established in 2005, aims to ensure that the deserving students of Botswana are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in an environment that provides academic, physical and emotional enrichment as well as an excellent education regardless of economic status. The OVC Programme awards scholarships to orphaned children to enable them to attend the renowned private school to ensure that lack of access to quality education does not prove a hindrance to disadvantaged children. The scholarship covers tuition, boarding, all meals, clothing, medical expenses, stationery and other living expenses. Students who have benefited from the Programme have gone on to fly the Botswana flag high at such prestigious international institutions as Princeton University, Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA respectively.The BIHL Group continues to set aside 1% of all Profits After Tax for CSI activities managed by the BIHL Trust. The Trust is a loyal advocate of the Adopt-A-School programme, through which they have been able to set up eleven libraries to date across the country. The Trust also extends a hand in various sectors of the community.ENDS.