WINDHOEK: First National Bank (FNB) of Namibia on Tuesday committed to supporting the provision of psycho-social support through outreach programmes and face-to face counselling for children and youths for a period of three years.
The bank handed over N.dollars 915 230 to the Regional Psycho-social Support Initiative (REPSSI) programme in the capital.
Speaking at the handing-over, the chairperson of FNB Foundation Jane Katjavivi said the sponsorship will go towards improving the professional skills of 40 community-based caregivers, and enhance the capacity of 100 Lifeline/Childline councillors to enable them to provide psycho-social support to children and their families.
“It is the moral obligation of corporate institutions such as FNB Namibia to support the government in the provision of education, social protection and health services that meet the rights of children and youth, and in enacting policies that promote their psycho-social wellbeing and the integrity and stability of their families,” she stressed.
Katjavivi said as part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility policy, it is committed to assisting the most vulnerable sections of the community, and seeking like-minded partners to make sustainable differences by supporting development initiatives in the selected areas of skills’ development.
Speaking at the same occasion, Head of Programmes at REPSSI Willys Simfukwe welcomed the donation, saying the success of the investment will depend on all the key stakeholders in the implementation thereof, as well as the upholding of good governance and accountability standards.
“We believe that the investment in the certificate programme and in community caregivers will contribute towards the raising of a new generation of Namibian children who will grow to be high achievers,” Simfukwe enthused.
REPSSI works in partnership with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, LifeLine/Childline and the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL).
The ministry is responsible for identifying individuals who are eligible for receiving training in community-based work with children and youth, and supervises the provision of in-service training for community-based workers, while NAMCOL has been providing training to selected students from LifeLine/Childline and the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare since 2010.
LifeLine/ChildLine selects the counsellors and staff to be trained by REPSSI, supervises the counsellors as they provide the services to children and the community and reports to REPSSI on progress made in the provision of these services.
REPSSI is a non-profit organisation working to lessen the social and emotional impact of poverty, conflict as well as HIV and AIDS amongst children and youth across East and Southern Africa.