The Okavango Half Marathon & 5k Fun Run/Walk and Health Expo is a community-led project. Active participation from local residents comes from the Shakawe Wellness Committee and the Shakawe Village Development Committee in addition to the many organizations, businesses and residents contributing time and resources to the cause.
The Trust for Okavango Cultural and Development Initiatives (TOCaDI) was founded in 2003 in Shakawe, Botswana, TOCaDI works to empower marginalized communities in the Okavango sub-district to become self-reliant and to improve their standards of living.
The organization serves over 21,000 people with particular attention to 21 villages and settlements – nine on the eastern side and 13 on the western side of the Okavango panhandle.
TOCaDI is part of the Kuru Family of Organizations that works in works to address the needs in over 40 San communities in three districts in Western Botswana. You can download the TOCaDI brochure with information on the organization by clicking this link: TOCaDI brochure
The Peace Corps is a US government agency dedicated to volunteerism. More than 2,300 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in Botswana since the program was established in 1966.
Currently, Peace Corps has over 100 American Volunteers throughout Botswana who commit to serve for 27 months. All Volunteers work to build the capacity of local communities to address HIV/AIDS and related issues.
On this project, Peace Corps Volunteers provide technical assistance to Shakawe community leaders on organizing an event of this nature. In addition, Volunteers are helping mobilize the local community to address an issue that they have identified as a problem.