The idea for BONELA was launched as a component of the Shared Rights, Shared Responsibilities Project in September 1995. BONELA later registered as a full-fledged non governmental organization under the Societies Act on 26 February 2002. BONELA has grown from a single woman staffing one room with third-hand equipment, to a full-fledged organization with 10 full-time staff members. Throughout its growth, BONELA has continued to advocate for a human rights approach to the national HIV/AIDS response.
BONELA is governed by a Board, elected every two years and reflecting a range of professional experience. The daily work of BONELA is carried out by its full-time staff. With a non-profit mandate, BONELA primarily receives financial assistance from local and international donor organisations but also raises funds through the sale of publications, other activities, and the support of individuals and members.
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In 2013, BONELA was recognized with Golden Arrow by PMR Africa as an 'Excellent' NGO contributing to the fight against HIV/AIDS in Botswana. In 2010, BONELA's former Executive Director, Uyapo Ndadi, was recognized by Junior Chamber International (JCI) as one of ten outstanding young persons in the world for his work around human rights.