Women outnumber their male counterparts when it comes to offering a free helping hand to those in need. This was evident during the CEDA tour and participation in the ongoing “The Big Pot Africa project” which is the brainchild of art teacher Mmala Oafile from Montsamaise CJSS in Francistown. With this Big Pot Africa project, Oafile is chasing a Guinness Book of Records entry of an earthenware pot whose specification he is hell-bent on beating, come what may. The 3.1 metre Guinness Book of Record’s largest claypot is currently held by Poland.
A random headcount of the women who converged at the Molepolole museum for the event revealed 17 women out of 24 CEDA staff employees that had offered to be part of the Big Pot project assistants. Speaking to Woman to Woman on the volunteering project Carol Kgafela, CEDA’s CSI Coordinator said the initiative will become a permanent imitative at the organisation. “This is a universal volunteering programme for CEDA so each time we do CSR we put on the attire you are seeing today. That is what we are trying to portray that spirit of volunteerism. “
Asked whether it was by design that they had more women than men who are volunteers Kgafela said the demographics at the workplace resulted in the numbers where more women than men prevailed. “Generally we have a lot more women than men at CEDA, so it is natural that we have such a skewed representation,” she explained.
The volunteers from CEDA were on their inaugural volunteering expedition in Molepolole and the big pot was their initiation exercise. They promised to continue doing more of the same all over the country.