Limbless learner receives wheelchair from PM

12 Oct 2013 10:40am
OMUTHIYA, 12 OCT (NAMPA) – The Omuthiya Education Circuit in the Oshikoto Region on Friday handed over an electronic wheelchair to learner with disabilities, Wilhelmina Kashima.
The Inspector of Education for that circuit, Filemon Nangolo, confirmed that the wheelchair was bought at a cost of N.dollars 15 999 made available by Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob.
The Premier handed over N.dollars 16 000 during the Omuthiya Circuit Teachers’ Annual Conference at the Ekulo Senior Secondary School (SSS) near Omuthiya last month.
Nangolo told Nampa on the sidelines of the handing-over event here on Friday that his circuit is responsible for both the social and mental needs of its children, and tries to be inclusive and address the needs of all learners, including physical needs.
The 10-year-old Kashima is a Grade Four learner at the Omuthiya Circuit’s Kandjeke Primary School.
Kashima was born without lower limbs and the bottom half of her right arm, and depends entirely on her grandmother, fellow housemates, learners and neighbours to get to school and back home.
“She is being carried almost all over, including when she has to go to the toilet or water tap,” Nangolo said, adding that Kashima is an orphan after her mother died on the same day she was born.
According to Nangolo, her mother died from shock after seeing that she gave birth to a child with disabilities.
Her grandmother, whom she lives with, is a pensioner.
The Omuthiya Circuit has since opened a bank account with Bank Windhoek, and continues soliciting for funds to assist children with physical challenges.
“His worship the Mayor of Omuthiya, Hezekiel Nanyeni, also donated N.dollars 5 000 towards the fund for our learners with disabilities,” the Omuthiya Circuit inspector of education revealed.
Principals of the circuit also donated money which was used to open the said Bank Windhoek account.
Oshikoto Regional Governor, Penda Ya Ndakolo officially handed over the chair to Kashima on behalf of Geingob in the presence of her grandfather Jacobus Hamukoto and his wife Teopolina, as well as a number of principals from all over the circuit.
“Mr Nangolo, thank you for a job well done and for clearly demonstrating that as a leader, you need to be at the forefront to provide the necessary guidance and inspiration to your followers,” said Ya Ndakolo in his handing over address.
Kashima's grandmother also commended Nangolo for initiating the wheelchair donation.
She said Geingob, Nanyeni, Nangolo and all those who contributed to the donation of the chair have relieved her family of the burden of carrying Kashima around.
“Let God bless you all, and let this kind of assistance be extended to other less-fortunate children in the country,” urged Teopolina.