SOS Children's Village lacks funding

14 Dec 2018 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 14 DEC (NAMPA) - Despite funding from different stakeholders, the SOS Children's Village Namibia (SOSCV) is still struggling financially.
These sentiments were shared by SOSCV National Corporate Fundraiser and Communications Manager, Lina Ndengu at the official handover of repair work done on the village's water system here on Friday.
The system repair was funded by the Chinese Embassy in partnership with the City of Windhoek and the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare.
“We all know that government isn't doing so well financially and foreign donors have also withdrawn, so we're really looking for financial support,” Ndengu stressed.
She explained the financial difficulties associated with running the village, saying each house has its own expenses.
The village, situated in Khomasdal’s Park Foods area, has 11 houses with approximately six or eight children per house.
Each house is managed by two women - a 'mother' and an assistant - who feed the children, help them with homework and nurture them.
“We normally approach corporate companies to adopt houses for a certain period in order to build a close relationship with the children and understand the importance of funding,” Ndengu said.
She noted that the money they have is used for medical assistance, as the children do not have any medical aid.
The rest of the money is used for academic material, feeding the children and making the houses as comfortable as possible for them.
One of the house mothers, Sherley Boois, said it is frustrating that they often have to postpone projects and events for the children due to lack of monetary resources.
“Most of our donors are foreigners and they usually take a while to fund us, so we try to manage with the little we have as well as having fundraising events to put something into our account,” Boois exclaimed.
SOSCV National Director, Leonard Diergaardt expressed his gratitude towards the Chinese Embassy for repairing the system, explaining that water was sometimes contaminated with rust.
City of Windhoek Mayor, Muesee Kazapua also thanked the Chinese Embassy, and urged fellow Namibians to be more appreciative to the Chinese government rather than complaining about the supposed special treatment it receives.