WINDHOEK, MAY 16 – FNB, through the FirstRand Namibia Foundation Trust, pledged an amount of N$105 000 towards the SOS Children’s Village in Tsumeb. This amount will benefit more than 50 children through child social welfare and nutritional sustenance programmes.
In addition, 35 youth will be supported to improve their studies through extra class programmers.
At the official hand-over, Winton Bock, FNB Tsumeb Brand Manager expressed his concern with the plight of the Namibia child, some who have had to become heads of households while others were facing poor parenting, alcohol and substance abuse, sexual abuse by those they trust, and teenage pregnancy.
“Our financial support is our commitment to the most vulnerable, with particular emphasis on our children and youth. But our appeal to all Namibians is that we must work jointly in taking action to protect our children. The protection of children cannot be the sole responsibility of SOS or Government. Our children must grow in communities that give them care, love and support”, Bock said.
Bock applauded the work done by the SOS Children’s Village in providing hope and a future to the orphaned and abandoned children of Namibia. “Your work is a shining example of the kind of partnership on which the achievement of all our goals depends. The tasks we face, as great as they may seem, can be achieved when government, private sector and NGOs, are able to work together to address the challenges faced by our communities.”
SOS Children’s Village Manager, Abia Uhongora expressed his gratitude towards FNB for the generous support towards the organisation’s efforts to ensure quality care services of our children. “We hope that you will continue to support this good and noble course of generosity, as this enables us to enhance our activities to benefit more and more families.” He challenged all local businesses and enterprises to follow suite as FNB had “paved a way and left a trail for others to follow.” – NDN Staffer