The Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa
The Origins of Tshepo
In Botswana, the dominant indigenous language is Setswana. In 2007, when Drs. Lamine Diallo and Peter Farrugia stepped up efforts to create a research centre devoted to the study of contemporary sub-Saharan Africa, they decided to christen it the Tshepo Institute. Tshepo (say-poh) is the Setswana word for hope and the founders believed that it was important to underline, not only the serious challenges facing Africans today, but also the tremendous resources being marshalled to meet these challenges. The photo above was taken at the Camphill Community in Otse just outside of Gaborone, the capital. A deaf worker is putting the finishing touches on a solar powered battery recharger for hearing aids. It was just one of the projects that left a delegation mightily impressed on its visit to the community in the summer of 2007.
People at Laurier
Dr. Farrugia is engaged in a project exploring the benefits of peer education in Canada and Botswana.
Dr. Peter Farrugia