Stepping Stones International was honoured to host our first Royal visitor on Tuesday July 5, 2011.
Stepping Stones International took great pleasure in welcoming their first Royal visitor, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, to the center in Mochudi on July 5th, 2011.
Upon Her Royal Highness’ arrival, she was greeted by Lisa Jamu, Managing Director of SSI, Tinny Seitei, Operations Manager, Thato Boilanye, Programs Assistant and SSI graduate, Goitsemodimo Monowe, SSI participant, along with representatives from Barclays Bank Botswana and FACET Foundation.
Thato and Goitsemodimo led Her Royal Highness on a tour of Stepping Stones International, and introduced the Princess to the unique program. As the group proceeded from the Administration Building to the Activity Hall, they were entertained by a group of traditional dancers.
Upon the Princess’ entry into the Hall, ten SSI participants greeted Her Royal Highness with their well-rehearsed curtsies and bows. The room was fully decorated and brimming with SSI participants, key stakeholders, major donors, media, and traditional dancers.
The event started with Lisa Jamu giving a short speech on commitment, leadership, and partnership. One of SSI’s peer educators, Keamogetswe Tebogo Charles Segone, then recited a poem he had composed for Princess Anne.
One participant, Onkarabile, had the duty of introducing Princess Anne to the income generating activities of Mochudi Art Masters and The United Ladies. When asked about his interaction with the Princess, Onkarabile responded, “At first I was afraid but then she was nice.” He also noted the questions Princess Anne asked him, “She was checking our business skills.”
Exiting the building, Princess Anne demonstrated her gardening skills as she planted a commemorative tree with Rutang Moses, CEO of Safdico Diamond Company, supporter of the Graff Leadership Centre, to symbolize the growth that occurs in successful partnerships.
Makgonatsotlthe (Can do Anything) Drama Group prepared a drama performance called “Our Story.” The performance depicted the real-life barriers to becoming a successful young adult and demonstrated how the youth were able to overcome these challenges. The performance was well received by Princess Anne, Stepping Stones’ supporters and members of the community.
As the Princess said her goodbyes, SSI participants wished her farewell with their latest “Kilo” (A special clap and response that goes something like this – Clap, clap, clap! Clap, clap, clap! Good Bye Your Royal Highness!).