12 Dec 2014 17:50pm
REHOBOTH, 12 DEC (NAMPA) - The Orange Babies charity organisation here on Monday launched its new computer lab courtesy of the United States of America (USA) Embassy in Namibia.
Orange Babies is an international organisation which helps HIV-infected pregnant women and their babies. It also supports children who are infected with the virus or who are otherwise directly affected.
Orange Babies-Rehoboths manager, Irene Mouton and three volunteers run the day-to-day activities of the centre.
Mouton told Nampa recently that they provide HIV-positive pregnant women with education, counseling, nutritional support and skills training.
Women empowerment is strongly on our agenda as we equip these women with the necessary skills such as needlework, catering, gardening and computer skills to become employed and self-employed, she said.
In July this year, Orange Babies-Rehoboth received computer software worth over N.dollars 100 000 from the international Microsoft Corporation for the Orange Babies computer skills training programme.
Mouton thanked the USA Embassy for assisting them with N.dollars 110 000 to renovate the computer lab.
Beneficiaries are equipped with various computer skills, such as fast and accurate typing, Microsoft Office Word and Excel programmes, as well as graphic design and how to compile curricula vitae (CVs).
She enthusiastically said participants can expect Microsoft PowerPoint lessons in February next year.
Students undergo various courses over a period of two months.
We offer five classes per week, an hour per day she said.
Over 85 students have graduated from Orange Babies skills training thus far, and more than half of them are currently employed or self-employed.
Orange Babies is based in The Netherlands, and has branches in Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.