Tlokweng is a village on the outskirts of Botswana's capital Gaborone, which is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa. Despite the significant development the country has undergone in recent decades, this brings many challenges. The local government struggles to provide adequate housing, schooling and health care to all who arrive in and around the capital.
Moreover, HIV/AIDS and its consequences remain a major problem in Gaborone and its surroundings, including Tlokweng.
Since 1986, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Tlokweng.
Tlokweng has been directly affected by Gaborone’s rapid population growth and the problems that come along with that. Lack of housing, schooling and health services are common issues in the region.
Recent economic growth in Botswana has lifted thousands out of poverty, especially in rural areas as agriculture-related incomes have increased. However, in cities, many people, nearly half of them children, remain poor or at risk of falling back into poverty. In fact, over 45% of Botswana’s poor are children under the age of 15.
Botswana has made enormous efforts to fight HIV/AIDS and provide antiretroviral treatment to those affected. But it remains an uphill battle, as it is estimated that about 1 in 5 people are living with the virus. Thousands of children in the Tlokweng and Gaborone area have lost parental care or are at risk of losing it in the next few years. Most of the time, these children are cared for by the extended family, but sometimes it is impossible for the extended family to take responsibility for even more children.