03 Dec 2017 13:50pm
OKAHANDJA, 03 NOV (NAMPA) About 20 Namibia Press Agency (Nampa) staff members on Friday participated in a charity event at the Ileni Tulikwafeni Community Centre for Hope and Trust in the Five Rand informal settlement of Okahandja.
The centre, which has been in existence for over 15 years, is a grassroots community-based organisation dedicated to providing the best possible support to everyone who has been affected by the HIV/Aids pandemic, but more especially to over 400 orphans and vulnerable children.
The agency staff donated clothes, prepared a meal and fed over 400 children at the centre on Friday, which was also World AIDS Day.
They vowed to make it an annual event.
Nampa Chief Executive Officer, Isack Hamata, in his personal capacity, pledged to form a football league for boys of the community.
Speaking during the event, Hamata said the aim of a league is to ensure that boys in the community are occupied after school hours, and to give an opportunity to those who would like to pursue the sport as a career.
Those of us who can give should give when we can; so give to those who are in need when you have, said Hamata, who co-runs Windhoek-based Tura Magic Football Club that plays in the Namibia Premier League.
Founder of the centre, Kauna Angula, who has been doing charity work for close to 25 years, expressed gratitude towards the agencys contribution, saying it made a great impact within their community.
I did not even know who would give my children gifts this year, and you deciding to come here was a blessing indeed, Angula expressed.
The caregiver said the centre is faced with financial challenges, and she appreciates the support she gets here and there, as she is able to feed the children three times a week.
It is not easy to run the centre due to the few challenges we are faced with. However, because I have realised the need for assistance within the community, I decided to take it on, Angula noted.
The centre has catered for a number of children during their school years, and most of them now employed in different professions.