Ambassadors touched by vulnerable children in Walvis Bay
WALVIS BAY, 08 OCT (NAMPA) - The heads of African diplomatic missions in Namibia on Friday donated N.dollars 20 000 to the Walvis Bay Sunshine Daycare Centre.
The delegation visited the Erongo Region on a two-day tour to the Husab Mine, the port of Walvis Bay and Cape Cross from Thursday.
The centre takes care of more than 100 physically and mentally challenged children.
Head of the delegation, Ambassador Anastas Kaboba Kasongo Wa-Kimba from the Democratic Republic of Congo said the money came from the African group of heads of missions in Namibia.
“I am really touched to see the amazing care the centre gives to children. From now on we will keep in touch because these are our children and we need to take care of them collectively,” said Wa-Kimba.
Gail Taukuheke, a social worker at the centre explained to the politicians that the centre needs as much support as it can get.
Taukuheke explained that some of the children are unable to go to mainstream school, thus the centre keeps them busy with different activities such as singing and dancing.
“Last year we managed to send three to mainstream schools after we noticed they have the ability to go to such schools.”
She noted that they aim to be self sustainable in the future.
“We cannot always wait for donations so we have started a bakery to sell bread and a catering service.”
The bakery is supported by Langer Heinrich Uranium Mine.
“For the past 21 years, Salt and Chemical Refinery has provided transport to fetch our children from home and drop them at the centre. We have no words to express how much we appreciate them,” the social worker said.
Handing over the cheque, Zimbabwean ambassador Rofina Chikava said as a mother, the story touched her heart.
She urged the delegation to make sure they visit the children whenever they travel to Walvis Bay.
“Sometimes nobody wants to take care of these children and when we have people like you who can, we are grateful,” she told the staff at the centre.
On her part, South African High Commissioner Mavivi Myakayaka-Manzini, who uses a wheelchair, said there is a need for people like her to come and motivate the children as they come from the same background.
“We need to tell them that we are not disabled. There are some things we cannot do, but we are able to do a lot,” she said.