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Charities collaborate to improve livelihoods

When two charities meet: Beate Shaanika, Foibe Kashikola and Ester Ndemuweda (students at Women at Work), Sustjie Mbumba, (Director of Women at Work), Pat Sivertsen (Training Manager: Women at Work), Leonie Lubbe (General Manager: Women at Work), Sara Shikongo (Director: Women at Work), Jennieke Kafuta (Project Manager: Beautiful Kidz Anusa) and Riana Brandt (Director: Women at Work).

When two charities meet: Beate Shaanika, Foibe Kashikola and Ester Ndemuweda (students at Women at Work), Sustjie Mbumba, (Director of Women at Work), Pat Sivertsen (Training Manager: Women at Work), Leonie Lubbe (General Manager: Women at Work), Sara Shikongo (Director: Women at Work), Jennieke Kafuta (Project Manager: Beautiful Kidz Anusa) and Riana Brandt (Director: Women at Work).

The Women at Work Training Centre situated in Olympia, Windhoek, last week handed over towels to the Beautiful Kidz Anusa project.
Women at Work recently received a donation of towels that the project could not use and decided to re-donate the towels to Anusa. The two projects, both beneficiaries of the Bank Windhoek Social Investment Fund, were introduced during a meeting of all beneficiaries of the fund and where co-operation between beneficiaries was encouraged. 

“The co-operation between the two organisations is suitable as Women at Work trains women to enter the job market, while the Beautiful Kidz project of which Anusa forms part, caters for the children of the women that Women at Work trains,” said General Manager of Women at Work, Leonie Lubbe. Jennieke Kafuta from Anusa said that it is important for non-governmental organisations to support each other as they all have the same goal to improve the livelihoods of Namibians. Women at Work was started five years ago and is a registered Welfare Organisation that trains about 500 women a year. About 80% of the trainees are sustainably employed through the Women at Work employment bureau. With the organisation, Women receive six weeks of training in Home Management, which includes life and communication skills, first aid and fire fighting, basic cooking and baking, budget and saving. After completing the six weeks of training, they are sent for a two week job attachment to familiarise themselves with the workplace.  Anusa forms part of the Beautiful Kidz project, which consist of a kindergarten, youth centre and library. As a way to help fund this project, Anusa was started. Anusa trains women to do needlework and manufactures décor items and school uniforms for 23 schools in the Windhoek area.

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