Botswana

December 2020

Q&A with Grace Thudi, General Secretary

Grace ThudiGeneral Secretary

1. Why is the work of the Blue Cross important to you?

The work of Blue Cross is important as many people in my country are affected. Poverty and unemployment have led a lot of families to indulge in the abuse of alcohol and drugs. At the end of the day, the people who are affected the most are children and I love to work with children, so Blue Cross was a way to help them by giving hope and teaching life lessons about living a different lifestyle whilst teaching them performing arts. As I am achildren’s arts educator, it was important for me to find a good balance at the centre and incorporate the mandate of Blue Cross at the same time. When adults see a difference in their children’s life it is possible to talk to them about choosing a different lifestyle themselves and for the sake of their children.

2. Are you convinced of the impact of your work – if so, which aspects?

Our activities have a visible impact. In the beginning it was not easy for the children to open up, but as we continued they opened up and realized what the mandate of the centre is. As we started to involve their families, it has become easier to talk to them when they see a change in their children’s behaviour.

3. What was your happiest moment during your time with Blue Cross?

The happiest moment at Blue Cross was during the Self-Help workshop, since it gave me an insight on what further steps we can take and incorporate to really extend our activities and to see that we provide support at a professional level, whilst at the same time maintaining our goals for the organization.

4. What is/was your biggest challenge in your work for Blue Cross?

The biggest challenge for Blue Cross is that the activities are limited as there is no budget for them. Since the organization is voluntary based work, transport, other logistics to get to the centre, and provisionfor the children’s material and transport, are self-funded.

5. Blue Cross in your country: What do you consider your most important project?

The centre for children is really important as I believe that if we teach children from grassroots level it helps them to make informed decisions.