Buddhist group donates wheelchairs to needy Okahandja residents

16 Dec 2014 09:50am
OKAHANDJA, 16 DEC (NAMPA) - Amitofo Care Centre, a humanitarian organisation, on Saturday donated foodstuffs and wheelchairs, valued at N.dollars 150 000, to several needy residents of the town of Okahandja in Otjozondjupa Region.
The centre is an international humanitarian non-governmental organisation set up by a Buddhist group to assist orphans and vulnerable people. The group is principled on African and Chinese cultures and follows Buddhist philosophies.
The centre’s South Africa-based director, George Gow Wei Chiou said during the handover ceremony that the donation is the first to be made in Namibia by Amitofo, and it will not be the last.
On her part, Okahandja Mayor Valerie Aron said the donation will put a “golden smile” on the faces of many people during this festive season.
“This donation signifies the culture of caring for others who are unable to meet their daily basic needs,” she said, while assuring the Amitofo delegation that the donated items will be distributed to the identified less-fortunate people.
One of the lucky recipients, Theopoline Hoabes was very happy with the donation, and expressed gratitude towards the Amitofo centre.
The unemployed mother of four children also cares for her late sister’s paraplegic child.
She said she will pray for the centre to continue with this noble initiative.
The Amitofo Care Centre is being constructed some 10 kilometres northeast of Okahandja.
The ground-breaking ceremony for the centre took place in March this year, and was attended by First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba, who is also the patron of the centre.
The first Amitofo Care Centre was established in 2002 in Malawi, and other centres have since been established in Lesotho and Swaziland, while the construction of another centre is underway in Mozambique.