In Botswana

In Botswana, more than 30,000 San face displacement, dispossession and extreme poverty. In 2003, Open Channels began working with Letloa Trust to replicate and extend the projects and methodology that had proved so successful in South Africa and Namibia.

A Land, Livelihood and Heritage Centre was set up in Shakawe, north-western Botswana, to promote San culture and identity through natural and cultural resource mapping. Projects included work with the Shaikarawe community to establish management rights to the forest (pictured) on which their livelihoods depend, and to develop plans for improved harvesting of its resources.

We also worked with Letloa Trust to build management and leadership skills amongst the San so that they themselves can determine their futures.

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