28 Jun 2016 12:40pm
GAM, 28 JUN (NAMPA) A kindergarten at Gam that has been operating under a tree for years, will soon move into a formal building.
The Ohorongo Cement Factory through the Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust Fund is constructing two classrooms and a soup kitchen for the kindergarten that caters for 18 orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs).
The N.dollars 500 000 construction started last week and was launched on Monday.
Otjozondjupa Governor Otto Ipinge and chairperson of the Ohorongo Otavi Trust Fund, Markus Damaseb officiated at the groundbreaking and official launch of construction.
Ipinge said all community initiatives that improve the social and economic situations of Namibians, should be supported by citizens and companies that can afford to help.
The general purpose of a kindergarten is to educate children and mould them at a young age. We need kindergartens everywhere because we all know that kindergartens lay the foundation for all children, he said.
The governor said he was approached by the founder of the kindergarten, Uuanda Kamutati in 2015, who sought assistance to construct a formal structure as per the requirements of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare.
Ipinge said he then sold the idea to the Ohorongo Cement Factory who agreed to assist with the construction.
This kindergarten is the first of its kind in Gam.
Kamutati told this news agency she runs the centre alone and cares for 18 children under the age of six.
She said she started the centre in 2001 after seeing there was a need for such a facility at the settlement. In 2002, Kamutati started the kindergarten under a tree.
She thanked Ipinge and Ohorongo Cement for making her dream of running a formal kindergarten come true.
Gam is situated approximately 374 kilometres east of Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region.