Dutch Stars & Stripes shine in Reho
The Orange Babies computer laboratory in Rehoboth has just been re-opened after it was expanded and upgraded extensively. The funding was provided by the United States Embassy through the Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund. The laboratory was officially opened by the U.S. Ambassador, H.E. Thomas Daughton. The computer laboratory is one of five grassroots initiatives supported by the fund, awarding more than N$500,000 to five projects in the Erongo, Hardap, Ohangwena, Omaheke, and Omusati regions.
The projects promote livelihood development, access to clean water, and educational programme support. Ambassador Daughton presided over the opening ceremony and congratulated the residents of Rehoboth and the Orange Babies Foundation for developing this innovative programme that emphasizes the importance of education and training. Orange Babies Computer Lab is an off-shoot of an HIV/AIDS support center aimed at reducing poverty and unemployment through computer training for women, the youth, and high-risk populations. The computer lab provides introductory level classes in computer basics, keyboarding, and Microsoft Word. The U.S. Embassy said Self-Help funding of the Orange Babies Computer Lab deepens the U.S. government’s ongoing commitment to economic prosperity. The U.S. Ambassador’s Self-Help Fund provides financing for small, community-based projects that are initiated and administered at local level. Projects generally include significant contributions in cash, labour or material from the local community and are expected to be self-sustaining.