Élan Botswana is taking an active role in the social responsibility of its country, Botswana. We are working with the Masiela Trust Fund to develop and grow its orphanages to a stage that the fund can provide an infrastructure that contributes to the education of the orphanages – education not in the literal sense but education through the arts and drama.

We have set up an entity called Cross –Border Projects which will initiate ideas through the Masiela Trust fund that will help raise funds, awareness and grow the cause, as well as the people and children of the fund.

The idea of Cross -Border Projects is to transfer skills, ideas and talent between two cultures through the same discipline, being music, art and drama. We want to utilise this unique opportunity and platform to demonstrate, as well as share the culture of music and the lifestyle of the arts in Botswana, but keeping in mind the main focus which is raising funds for the orphanages of the Maseila Trust Fund.

In order to get the above to reach its maximum, it is vital that we collaborate with individuals, acts, philanthropists from across the globe and tap into their appreciation of the arts, dynamics and the development of their own communities to instil and educate others and in turn using this platform to develop the orphanages.

In essence Cross –Border Projects creates a platform to expose the culture of the country, providing the youth and individuals in the arts with an opportunity to develop and present their works to a bigger audience, but by also helping the youth with different circumstances to better themselves.

As stated already Cross –Border Projects will work and as the concept manifests and grows with many different artists, acts, philanthropists to contribute to the implementation and growth of these orphanages. It is important that we work with individuals that have the same passion and involvement with their own communities in order to learn from their concepts and for them to learn from ours and for there to be support and growth from both angles.

We have there invited Soweto Kinch, an award winning alto –saxophonist and hip hop mc to share, learn and help implement the above. The involvement of Soweto stems from his love and passion of his own support in his community and by giving back through similar aspects and qualities. His well renowned initiative, The Fly Over Show has been a great influence in putting together this concept, as well as the support he has received from entities such as the BBC.

From the research we did we were attracted by the fact that the Flyover Show draws from each side of the spectrum and merges cultures, beliefs, unconventional concepts, art, music and brings all these entities together to create a positive message that can inspire not only the creators and performers, but the audience. This in turn builds and develops relationships, understanding and educates, as the Flyover says the ‘festival transforms the grey space beneath the Hockley Flyover into an oasis of cultural expression, celebrating generations of black British music and art.

Profits raised through the show, donations and pledges will go towards the development of the Masiela Trust Fund orphanages and day care centres.  The first stage is to provide the Keletso Day Care Centre in Molepolole a library, as pert of  our contribution to the children education and stimulation of the mind.

“Strengthening the youth of Botswana! Hope, believe, and make it happen through cross–border projects”