New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Early Christmas for Orphaned Kids

Walvis Bay — Namibia's First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba treated more than 100 orphans and vulnerable children from six schools in Walvis Bay to an early Christmas party last week Wednesday.

Madame Pohamba handed the children gifts of school bags packed with stationery before treating them to lunch, along with some entertainment, at the Walvis Bay Jan Wilkens Stadium. The early Christmas party was made possible by Unitrans Namibia and the Organisation of the Empowerment of Widows/Widowers and Orphans of HIV/Aids in Namibia (Oewona). The first lady is also the patron of Oewona.

"The purpose of the Christmas party is to provide an opportunity to orphans and vulnerable children to feel safe, important and dignified. Christmas is a time of goodwill and sharing and it is only appropriate to share the little we have with the less fortunate members of our society, the future leaders of our country," she said.

She also expressed her gratitude towards Oewona, Unitrans and the Walvis Bay Municipality for assisting orphans and vulnerable children through smart partnerships. "Oewona plays a vital role when it comes to orphans. Although we are facing many challenges we remain faithful to all stakeholders and partners who support Oewona to provide basic necessities to those in need," Madam Pohamba said.

Oewona works to promote programmes and projects that improve the living standards of vulnerable children, orphans, widows and widowers, as well as to facilitate access to better nutrition, health and education and to instil self-confidence.

"We will initiate programmes targeting those affected by HIV/Aids with the aim to provide community-based care and support services. Oewona will also strengthen strategic partnerships with various organisations to promote constructive engagements in an effort to minimise the challenges faced by those affected by HIV/Aids," she said.

Children who attended the early Christmas party were from the Narraville Primary School, Immanuel Ruiters Junior Primary School, !Nara Primary School, Flamingo Primary School and Tutaleni Primary School, all of them in Walvis Bay.

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