OVC centre outside Okahandja officially opened

19 Nov 2015 08:30am


Former First Lady, Penehupifo Pohamba on Tuesday officially opened the Amitofo Care Centre, which will educate and provide care for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Namibia.

Named after a Chinese word meaning mercy, hope, goodness and/or love, the Amitofo centre is situated some 15 kilometres east of Okahandja on the Hochfeld Road in the Otjozondjupa Region.

The centre will offer lessons from pre-primary to Grade 12 and provide housing to over 300 OVC from all corners of the country. Pohamba is the patron of the Amitofo Care Centre in Namibia.

The centre was constructed with the financial support of a Chinese humanitarian organisation operating as Amitofo International. She said Namibia has now become part of a network as Amitofo is operational in five African countries - Namibia, Malawi, Swaziland, Mozambique and Lesotho.

"The good news here is that this Amitofo education centre in Namibia will educate orphans and vulnerable children using the Namibian formal schools' curriculum," she said, noting how the centre will provide day and residential care services, daily meals, clothes, transport and primary health care services to the children.

Pohamba thanked the donors and volunteers who will work at the centre and take care of the Namibian OVC. In a speech delivered on his behalf by his advisor, Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Otto Ipinge said the centre was registered in December 2013 with the Namibian Government as a non-profit organisation.

He thanked Amitofo International for its contribution, and urged orphans in the country who want to study at the centre to apply or call his office for assistance. The founder of Amitofo Namibia, Master Hui Li also attended the official opening of the centre on Tuesday.