23 Jul 2013 07:40
OSHAKATI, 23 JUL (NAMPA) The junior council at Oshakati offered a helping hand to the Dr Frans Aupa Indongo Centre at the towns Okandjenge informal settlement by donating clothes, bread and juice to the centre last Friday.
The Oshakati Town Councils corporate communications officer, Jackson Muma told Nampa on Monday the donation followed a visit by Oshakati Junior Mayor, Anna-Liisa Shaningwa to the centre a few days prior to the handing over of the donation.
Shaningwa and her team of eight junior councillors decided to extend a hand to the vulnerable young Namibians who are being taken care of at this centre, Muma explained.
Muma said she indicated that her team is dedicated to assisting vulnerable community members of Oshakati and the surrounding areas with the little they have.
They further appealed to individuals and the corporate world to share their fortunes with vulnerable groups such as the children of the Frans Indongo Centre, he stated.
The donated items were collected by the Oshakati junior councillors from their respective schools in and around the northern town.
The donation was handed over to the caretaker of the Centre, Aili Shilongo, who stated that the centre helps mostly disabled children from disadvantaged families where the parents are either pensioners or unemployed.
The centre provides the said children with basic education and daily care.
Muma said the centre's management has asked that Good Samaritans come to their assistance, which may include financial support to pay bills, food, clothes and study materials.
Psychological support is said to be one of the much-needed commodities at the centre.
The Dr Frans Aupa Indongo Centre currently takes care of 12 children, reduced from 22 due to limited space and a lack of sufficient supportive material.
The centre was established on 10 January 2002.
Muma said the junior councillors of Oshakati also made donations similar to that handed over to the Dr Frans Aupa Indongo Centre to the Promise, Possible, and Punctual (PPP) Care Centre, also in Oshakati, on the same day.
The PPP Care Centre houses about 40 Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs).
Muma said Shaningwa has indicated that her council will continue with its project under the theme Helping Someone, Somewhere, Somehow.