Members of the SADCWAB enjoying the festivities at their annual Family Day event in Beijing
Colorful costumes, music and distinguished guests were all in evidence at the annual Family Event of the Southern African Development Community Women's Association of Beijing (SADCWAB) held in Beijing on May 27.
In attendance were Ambassador of Lesotho Ms. Lebohang Ntsinyi, Ambassador of Namibia Mr. Elia George Kaiyamo, Ambassador of Zambia Ms. Winnie Natala Chibesakunda, Ambassador of Seychelles Ms. Vivianne Fock Tave, Ambassador of Barbados Dr. Chelston Brathwaite and Botswana Charge' de Affaires Ms Mabedi Tebogo Ngwenya.
The purpose of the festive event is to foster friendships, exchange experiences and promote the spirit of togetherness among the Southern African Development Community (SADC) families in Beijing.
SADCWAB is a non-profit association for women of SADC diplomatic spouses and female diplomats. Founded in 2006, the association is also active in charity work within the broader Chinese community.
Clara Motsisi, Chairperson of the SADCWAB said the association's vision and mission are evolving.
"When the association started, its primary goal was to bring our families together on a day such as this. We have however since realized that our responsibilities as SADC diplomatic spouses, are much bigger that," she said.
According to her, the association continuously strives to play a meaningful role in Beijing that complements the diplomatic work done by the embassies. "Together as a collective, we seek to amplify, in a small but significant way, the mission of our diplomats in China," she added.
Motsisi said the event was therefore not just about SADC families coming together for a lunch, but more importantly to come together, with the sole purpose of committing to give support where it is most needed by the least privileged in China.
"Going forward, we hope to be bolder and forge new partnerships that will see our role and contribution grow even bigger," she said.