Standard Bank Women of Excellence winners announced
Congratulations to this year’s Standard Bank Women of Excellence 2014 award winners. This year’s winners were announced on Saturday the 2nd of August 2014 at the crowning of Miss Namibia 2014.
The Category A winner:
Ms. Carol Tsitsi Semedo – Manager Nampharm Foundation
Passionate about helping children born with cleft lips and palates, Ms. Carol Semedo is keen to put a smile on a child’s face through reconstructive facial surgery from 2009 to present. Prior to that Ms. Semedo looked after cancer patients. Her responsibilities included that of raising funds for children with cancer, visiting and arranging birthday parties for children in the cancer ward 8 West at the Windhoek Central Hospital, transporting the patients to the hospital for treatment and assisting the hospital with arrangements for children that need cancer treatment in South Africa. At present, Ms. Semedo ensures the best recovery of these children through counseling and emotional support, while at the same time assessing their needs in the form of food and clothing. On a personal level, Ms. Semedo is a proud mother of twin girls aged 10 and a 15 year old boy.
This year Category B had two winners with the awards going to Elsa Murangi from Walvis Bay Child and Family Center and Patricia Siska Nalisa from the Katima Mulilo Youth Center.
Mrs. Elsa Murangi – Coordinator of Walvis Bay Child and Family Centre
As the Coordinator of the Walvis Bay Child and Family Centre, Mrs. Elsa Murangi has a heart of gold in assisting children living with disabilities in the coastal region of Erongo. She believes that if you treat and care for people as they ought to be, they are capable of reaching their full potential in life. Through her humanitarian work she empowers mothers of children with disabilities to work for themselves while at the same time re-integrating these children into the mainstream. Mrs Murangi is an outstanding woman with inspiring leadership qualities as she touches the lives of the disadvantaged in her community. In short, her Centre is all about focusing on the strengths of the individuals where disability does not mean inability. Today, the Centre supports 108 people with varying degrees of physical and mental health challenges.
Ms. Patricia Siska Nalisa – Chairperson of OEWONA (Katima Mulilo Youth Centre)
Born in Katima Mulilo in the heart of the Zambezi Region, Ms. Patricia Siska Nalisa is not only a community activist for over 200 children and 78 widows living with HIV/Aids, but also an entrepreneur and politician in her own right. She is currently running a soup kitchen in her home town with the blessing of Her Excellency Madam Penehupifo Pohamba – the Patron of OEWONA. Feeding the widows and orphans of HIV and AIDS and giving them a meal before taking their medication gives her a great sense of satisfaction. She has been running this project without much financial assistance for the past two years. Interestingly enough Ms. Nalisa also produced a drink from Hibiscus Sabdariffa locally called ‘Mundambi’ – a high energy drink traditionally believed to boost the health of people living with HIV/AIDS.
The remaining two Women of Excellence finalists are Christaline Vega-Biart of the Katutura Soap Making Project and Sofia Sem of the Usakos Private Hostel.
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