17 December 2012

Namibia: Luxurious Treat for Karas Children

SIXTY children from six schools in the Karas Region were invited by the Windhoek Country Club and Resort to spend two nights at the hotel.

They were treated to a Christmas dinner and were given gifts.

The idea was born when Tony Boucher of the Windhoek Country Club and Resort met Joan Guriras and decided to give a Christmas gift to the less privileged. Both are passionate about children and their future so they planned the two-night stay at the luxurious hotel for orphaned and vulnerable children from the Karas Region.

The children left their schools on Thursday and assembled in Keetmanshoop where they spent the night. On Friday they arrived in Windhoek. Saturday was a day filled with fun activities and a lot of firsts as the children went on a city tour as well as a visit to two of Windhoek's shopping malls.

"I have never seen an elevator before and did not know how to get on it but once we figured it out we could not stop riding the stairs," said Hildegard Rooi. Many of the children had never been to Windhoek before.

On Saturday afternoon the children were given some motivational speeches by Johanna Benson, two youth pastors and Joan Guriras. After that they were treated to a Christmas dinner and presents. The children concluded their visit by watching 'The Lion King'.

"The whole idea behind this is to give the children an experience that will change their thinking and attitude about where they come from," said Guriras.

"Our environment does not have to determine who we are or what kind of citizens we become."

"This is the first time we have organised something like this and we decided on the Karas Region as it is a very neglected region but next year we will do this with other regions just to give the children hope and show them that there is a whole wide world out there," said Boucher.

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