Servas Lunch in Botswana

29th of April 2006
A small group of Servas members who had not been able to attend the first national meeting in Serowe in February 2005 or the previous half-day gatherings in Tlokweng (just east of the capital Gaborone) met on Saturday 29th of April at the home of Sheldon and Gudrun Weeks. A number of regrets were received, including from a new family that wished to consider joining Servas. It was therefore a small meeting of only eight people, but refreshing because six of those who came had been unable to attend three previous meetings in 2004 and 2005. One, a day host in Molepolole 50 km west of Gaborone, made arrangements with the others that when Servas travellers are next visiting them that she be included so that they could come and meet with her and see some of the sites in her area, the gateway to the Kgalagadi (Kalahari Desert). The main concern was the dearth of travellers visiting Botswana, and the wish that more Servas people would include Botswana in their itinerary. The issue of whether Servas in Botswana could do anything as a group about peace was also discussed. It was noted that members do things outside Servas to promote peace through their church, medical, or other work, such as helping the only women's shelter for abused women and children, and that to act as Servas presents complications. A pleasant afternoon was had by all, including food and drinks.