Old Mutual staff give Christmas gifts to Orange Babies

13 Dec 2013 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 13 DEC (NAMPA) - Employees of Old Mutual and Mutual and Federal Namibia on Friday handed over Christmas gifts to children of the Orange Babies organisation in the capital.
The Christmas gifts are contributions to the “Orange Babies’ Christmas Shoebox of Hope Initiative”.
The Orange Babies Foundation Namibia is a welfare organisation registered with the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS).
It provides nutritional, psycho-social support and primary health care to over 500 orphans in Windhoek, Okahandja and Rehoboth.
The Country Manager of Orange Babies, Elanza van Wyk said during the handing-over event that the theme for 2013 is “Keeping Hope Alive”, and it is against this background that the organisation started the Christmas Shoebox of Hope Initiative.
“We wanted to ensure that we allow every child on our programme to receive a shoebox filled with hope this Christmas - reassuring them that they are not alone and that the Namibian people do care about them,” she explained.
Van Wyk noted that through the initiative, the organisation wanted to ensure that this Christmas some children are not heads of households - just children experiencing the beauty and fun of the festive season like all children should.
She expressed gratitude to the employees of Old Mutual Namibia, saying: “Your generosity and the commitment of your staff has made it possible for us to spread this message to so many children out there and thus keeping hope alive for them this Christmas.”
Van Wyk said the main focus of the organisation is to provide a quality life for some vulnerable members of society by caring for HIV-positive mothers and their children, pregnant women as well as orphans and vulnerable children.
According to her, the HIV prevalence rate in the country does not tell the whole story.
“It does not tell us that for every individual who has the virus, dozens of other people’s lives are turned upside down - wives, husbands, children, sisters, brothers, parents, neighbours. Among them, the lives of women and children are rocked the hardest,” she said.
Van Wyk added that many children are left without parents, and forced to take over the management of their households and care for their younger siblings.
She also expressed concern that children are the most vulnerable in the society, as they are affected by actions over which they have no control and in which they had no part.
“It is that cruel reality that keeps one awake at night - when pondering all the aspects and implications of this pandemic,” she stressed.