Welcome to Botswana
Welcome to my home!
"Hello. My name is Kumisso. Welcome to Botswana
I am proud to be Botswanan. Botswana is a beautiful country and I hope you’ll agree.
My main passion in life is singing. I love to sing and I sing all the time. I like hip hop, R&B, classical and gospel music. Chris Brown is my favourite artist and my inspiration. I could sing all day, if people let me!”
Kumisso is passionate and thoughtful. He has lived at the SOS village in Botswana since he was four months old, brought up by a loving family that he cherishes.
Also meet Offana
"Hello. I'm Offana and I'm 17 years old. I'm applying for university to study information systems. I'm pretty good at computers.
I live in a house at SOS Children’s Village with my four brothers, two sisters and my mother, Bridget. We have a lot of fun together. We love competing at school and playing games.”
Find out more about Offana, his hobbies and his favourite book. You might know it... it’s quite well-known.
Kumisso and Offana explore their much-loved country. Find out what they have discovered as you explore the various topics and videos.
Botswana was once one of the poorest countries in world, until the discovery of diamonds in 1967. Though founded on its diamond wealth, Botswana’s transformation into a middle-income nation is also the result of a free market economy and strong stable government.
A quarter of adults living in Botswana have HIV/AIDS, one of the highest infection rates in the world.
Literacy among young people in Botswana is high at 95% of 15-24 year olds.
Nearly 40% of Botswana’s land is under some form of wildlife protection. The safari parks offer some of the richest wildlife areas and the most unspoilt of natural environments. They are the envy of many countries.
Botswana’s traditional local dishes use sorghum or maize as their basis, prepared as a porridge (bogobe) or pap.
Alongside the official language of English, Setswana is the main language of the country, although at least 26 others are spoken by different ethnic communities.
Droughts lasting up to five or six years occur every couple of decades and these can ruin harvests and badly affect livestock.