FNB staff donate solar lights to learners and teachers

04 Nov 2016 07:30am
WINDHOEK, 04 NOV (NAMPA) - Staff members of First National Bank (FNB) on Thursday donated 153 solar lights to the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture to be distributed to learners and teachers.
Speaking at the handing over in Windhoek, FNB Executive officer for Consumer Banking Martha Murorua said 76 of the lights were bought with contributions of about N.dollars 11 500 from the staff. The remaining 77 lights were paid for by the FNB Namibia Foundation Holding Trust.
Murorua said their contribution follows a meeting with Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa in September this year.
“We have realised that it does not always have to cost a fortune to fix some of the basics which make life for the learners that much more pleasurable,” she said.
Murorua said the ministry will be responsible for distributing the lights to teachers and learners.
The solar lights have rechargeable batteries that can last for up to five years. Used on a daily basis, it can produce four and a half hours of bright light.
Hanse-Himarwa thanked the FNB staff members.
“We have to Harambee (move in one direction) to assist children who are less fortunate,” she said.
Hanse-Himarwa said learners who are currently writing examinations will receive the lights – some in Groot Aub and informal settlements in Windhoek, with other beneficiaries to be identified later.