U.S. consuls can assist U.S. citizens abroad who are temporarily destitute due to unforeseen circumstances.
U.S. citizens in Botswana who find themselves in these circumstances should contact the U.S. Embassy in Gaborone. They may also contact the State Department’s Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747 (during business hours; or from overseas +1 (202) 501-4444) or 202-647-5225 (after hours).
Consular officers can help destitute Americans contact family, bank, or employer to arrange for transfer of funds. In some cases, these funds can be wired through the Department of State. For information on how a consular officer can help under these circumstances, go to travel.state.gov.