21 September 2017

Namibia: Single Parents Find Support

Over 60 single parents recently attended a seminar hosted by the Single Parent Foundation to discuss issues affecting them.

The foundation, which seeks to mentor, counsel and empower single parents and the youth, was launched last November.

Cecilie Shikenda, a founding member of the foundation, told The Namibian that many of the attendees had drawn strength from the seminar, which served to affirm to many that they were not alone in facing their daily challenges.

"A sense of hope was validated and affirmed in situations which aggrieved the nation, and that includes aspects of gender-based violence and passion killing," she said.

Shikenda said the next seminar will be on 15 October 2017, at the People's Primary School hall.

Some of the topics to be discussed at the next meeting will be for parents to be the role models their children need, the affects of missing fathers, and the impacts of multiple, rotating relationship partners of a parent on a child.

"Guest speakers will be available in the different professions, from lawyers, counsellors, and birth registration officials, to answer all questions single parents have," she said.

Some of the seminar-goers told The Namibian that the workshop opened their eyes to see that their problems were not unique and that they can find support in one another.

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