Chinese community pledges 120 houses for needy in Botswana

11:49, March 26, 2011      

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The Chinese community in Botswana promised on Friday to build 120 houses for the local needy, showing their support to Botswanan President Ian Khama's Housing Appeal for the Needy launched in 2009.

At the meeting of accepting the papers of pledge from the Chinese community, Khama said the Botswanan government launched the project with the intention to provide shelter to all needy members by 2016.

This comes as recognition that shelter is a basic human need without which an individual cannot live in dignity, the president said.

He expressed thanks to the support from individuals and companies committed to their social responsibility.

"Chinese community, as we can see, has contributed a lot to Botswana economy, and I am glad that you are also active in taking care of those in need in Botswana," said Khama.

Miles Nan, chairman of the Botswana-China Friendship Association, pledged that the 120 houses will be completed within five years, and that this may not be the last figures as quite a few Chinese have shown interest in participating in this project. "We are willing and ready to feedback to local community," Nan said.

According to a statement by the Office of the President in December 2010, nearly 600 people were registered for houses countrywide, and 282 houses were pledged by individuals and private companies.

Source: Xinhua

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