Gumare Mothers

Gumare is an impoverished rural village of some 6 000 people in the the North West District of Botswana near the Okavango Delta. The Gumare group is doing particularly well. After an intial training session in May this year and a follow-up training session in June nine women have now been meeting regularly for several months and are making very beautiful beads. As a group, they are working very well together, supporting each other and enjoying creating paper chic out of waste. Below are pictures of some of the mothers and their training sessions. One of the mothers, Ogomodite Matebele, recently submitted her paper bead jewellery in an national Home Economics competition and won a first and a third prize.

The mothers' brief biographies can be also be read below. They are both testament to the devastation that AIDS has had on families in Botswana and the courage of the women who are doing their best to provide a home and support for their own children as well as additional orphaned children.

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Kaitjpo Kauheva:
Mother to 7 of her own children, 4 of which still live at home. She is caring for 5 orphans, 2 boys and 3 girls; 4 from 2 sisters and 1 from a cousin. Living at her home are also her sister and her 5 children. Mma Kauheva is the sole earner in the household.

Moengere Andreck:
Mother to 2 children, a boy and a girl. She is caring for two orphans, both boys, the sons of her sister. She is the sole earner in the household.

Oarabile Samoka:
She is the mother to one young boy. Together with her grandmother and niece, she is caring for 7 orphans, 3 boys and 3 girls from her older sister, and one boy from her younger sister. Also residing in the house are the two children of her niece. She is the sole earner.

Ogomoditse Moengere:
She is the mother to one daughter. She is caring for 3 orphans, two boys and a girl. They are the children of her sister. She is the sole earner in the household.

Otimilwe Moruti:
She is the mother to 5 children. She cares for two orphans, a boy and a girl left by her youngest daughter.

Atamelang Raditsaro:
Mother to a boy and girl. She is caring for three orphans, two boys and a girl. They are the children of her sister and her cousin. She resides with her grandparents.