Walvis Kids Haven appreciates public support

21 Jul 2016 14:40pm
WALVIS BAY, 21 JUL (NAMPA) - Management of the Walvis Bay Kids Haven is grateful for the support from good Samaritans towards the centre.
“It is overwhelming for our children to be noticed and receive support from as far as Windhoek. We know there are many orphanage homes in Windhoek but we happen to be one shelter to be assisted,” said housemother Nicolene Philander here on Wednesday.
She said this while receiving a donation of blankets, children’s clothing, shoes and socks from Metropolitan/Swabou Life insurance company.
This support follows a Nampa article on the home in May this year.
The shelter was started eight years ago by Maureen Baard, who is now its chairperson, to take care of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) aged between 0 - 19 in the Erongo Region.
It currently takes care of 27 children.
Philander said while children need food, clothes and other basic necessities, donations are not restricted and any assistance is welcomed and appreciated.
Last month, three students from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) came to assist for 12 days at the shelter after reading the story in the newspaper. The students assisted with cleaning, children’s homework, babysitting, bathing babies and changing nappies.
“These donations do not go to waste; if we cannot use what we are given then we share with those who need it, especially poor people from rural areas,” said another caretaker Marry Legner.
Sales Manager at Metropolitan Walvis Bay Branch Bennecky Penda handed over the donation of 15 blankets and children’s clothing after reading about the centre in the newspaper.
Penda advised Philander to submit a list of items and any other assistance needed for her to begin soliciting donations.
On Tuesday, Mateus Namhila from Metropolitan in Swakopmund also donated seven blankets and clothes to the Erongo House of Safety in Swakopmund.
This house takes care of eight vulnerable babies.
Statistics from the 2015/16 Namibia Statistics Agency show that by March this year, 170 816 OVC receive Government grants. The number increased from 164 770 in January 2015.