Springboard Humanism Organization was founded by a group of enthusiasts in 2011 as a response to research findings (Khudu-Petersen, 2007), revealing high rate of unemployment, poverty and desperation particularly among young women in Remote Area Dweller (RAD) villages in the Kweneng district of Botswana. Since its inception SBH is helping directly to increase the chances of young women (mostly orphans and vulnerable- OVC) to lead a self-determined, economically and socially independent life. Based on humanism/botho, SBH operates under the motto: “take care and care for others”.
After being at Springboard Humanism for one year, we hope that the students will have adopted the concept of “botho” – humanism. Following our motto, we hope that the students will “take care – and care for members of their community”. Aware of the value of education, the students will hopefully support the education of their own children. With raised self-confidence, the students will hopefully practice self-respect and respect for others. Having developed vocational and business skills, they may find employment or be self-employed, generating income for the benefit of their families. With these traits, our students could be role models for members of their communities.
To fulfill its goals, SBH has established five projects with different approaches but the same long-term aim of enabling young women to lead a self-determined, economically and socially independent life: