WINDHOEK: Bank Windhoek has donated N.dollars 15 000 to the Charity and Care Foundation in Katutura’s Greenwell Matongo residential area.
The funds will go towards the expansion of the centre, which was established in 2004 to prevent the dumping of babies and to care for children and under-aged mothers who are rejected by their families.
It also caters for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs).
In a media statement issued here on Tuesday, Bank Windhoek Communications’ Practitioner Toivo Mvula said the funds were generated through the Bank Windhoek Golf Day in Aid Welfare held last month at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino.
The funds will be used to buy corrugated iron sheets, which will be used to build a classroom and bedroom for OVCs staying and learning at this centre.
The founder, Beatrice Shilongo, on behalf of the learners thanked Bank Windhoek for once again assisting them financially.
She also urged other private companies to assist them in building a proper and safe centre for OVCs, including babies who would otherwise have been dumped by their mothers.
Bank Windhoek’s Communications’ Practitioner for Stakeholder Engagement, Nora Ndopu was quoted as saying the Charity and Care Foundation has been making an effort to root out the problem by providing a safe shelter for babies whose mothers do not want them, or do not have the financial means and the necessary support to care for their babies.
“We believe in the Charity and Care Foundation. The current number of babies at the centre is an indication that the initiative is working, and precious lives are being saved,” said Ndopu.
Currently, the centre has more than 100 day-learners, while there are 39 orphans living on the premises and four young mothers living there with their babies.