31 Jul 2016 13:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 31 JUL (NAMPA) - First Lady Monica Geingos says she is living her life purpose of supporting her husband, President Hage Geingob, and making her contribution towards the Namibian society.
Addressing guests at the Swapo Party Women's Council fundraising gala dinner here Saturday evening, Geingos said she has realised that her purpose and experience was to become a supportive wife.
After achieving her professional and financial goals at an early age, Geingos said she was not bothered to give up her job and to side by her husband, whom she calls her soul mate.
He also respects and supports me. He respects me because I respect myself, she said.
She counselled young people, especially girls, to be careful who they associate with and urged women and men to embrace forgiveness and respect for others.
One lesson I have learnt from my husband is forgiveness. He managed to forgive everyone who turned against him and he is living his life purpose of serving the Namibian nation.
Geingos warned against tribalism, gossiping and corruption, espousing that Harambee starts at home.
We have to teach our children to do away with tribal thoughts. Our country is small. There is no need for division and theft of our resources. The president means it when he speaks about One Namibia, One Nation - these are not just words.
Geingos dismissed individuals who think they are more Namibian than others because they fought for the country.
The fight was not to eat but to have a free country.
She was also concerned about the lack of rehabilitation facilities for people struggling with alcohol and drug abuse.
These are the issues we should be concerned about. We should worry about our children and their future and not about backstabbing and infighting.
Geingos initiated a programme that will enlist 25 talented children from around the country into Grade 8 at Windhoek High School and Windhoek Gymnasium as from next year.
The disadvantaged children under the programme will be assisted with all material and psychological support to ensure better lives for them and their families in future.
Children have to receive equal opportunities. They cannot compete at the same level if they are not given the same opportunities.
The First Lady said she was heartbroken by some of the stories that emerged during the school application process, which illustrated conditions children are subjected to in Namibia.
She also engaged in a tracking programme that showed that out of 64 000 learners who enrol in Grade 8, only 15 000 complete Grade 12. Of those, only 20 per cent qualify for tertiary education.
This to me is a sign of no hope for the future. Are we providing hope for our young people or do they find hope in alcohol and drugs, Geingos asked.