Maun is the largest town in the northern part of Botswana (5th largest in the country) that serves as a tourist portal to the Okavango delta making it Botswana’s ‘tourism capital’. As of 2011, it had a population of 55,784. It is an eclectic mix of modern buildings and native huts. It is also the headquarters of numerous safari and air-charter operations who run trips into the Okavango Delta.
Place of Joy was the first center to be established and it was initiated, and built by local members of the women’s ministries department. They raised funds (through selling their personal cattle), submitted proposals and received funding from government authorities to construct the center. The first stage which consisted of 2 classrooms, administration rooms and a hall was built in 2007 and the ‘alleviate programs’ were started on a daily basis, later that year. In 2009, an Australian volunteer team started construction on two more classrooms and a toilet block, which was completed later in 2011.