Camphill has demonstrated its sustainability and resilience over the past forty-one years since it started in 1974 through the continuous development of the community both in enrolment and diversity of the services we provide. Initially we relied largely on our own production of crafts, furniture and horticulture to cover recurrent costs. Donors provided most of the funding for buildings, water supply and other infrastructure. More information on the history of Camphill can be found here.
More recently the Government of Botswana has increasingly contributed to the recurrent costs of providing services in education and training. The annual grant from the Ministry of Education and Skills Development now covers approximately 90% of the running costs. We are very grateful for this support which has enabled us to focus more attention on developing the scale and quality of services that we provide.
The balance of the recurrent costs has to be covered from our own productive activities including crafts, catering, horticulture and milling as well as an active fundraising programme.
Camphill has been under increasing pressure from the society as a whole to increase our capacity to provide services. In response to this, we are engaged in a development process that is increasing our capacity, developing the quality and diversity of services we provide and allowing us to support the development of education for people with disabilities in the wider community of Botswana.
This development is only possible with generous assistance from the private sector and donor organisations to help with the cost buildings and infrastructure, vehicles, equipment and other costs including training and human resource capacity development.