Church Alliance grows funding for orphans

The Director of Early Child Development in the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Spendu Onesmus.

The final chapter in US funding for vulnerable children under the care of the Church Alliance for Orphans (CAFO) was concluded in June at a ceremony held at the Council of Churches in Katutura.

The church alliance has extended its funding base while at the same time, growing its role as a protector of orphans. From 2010 to 2015, the church alliance received more than US$3 million in assistance from the US Embassy in Windhoek. The close-out ceremony at the Council of Churches marked the official end to this support.
Both the Ambassador and the Director congratulated CAFO on its maturation as a non-governmental organization and its success in diversifying its funding and expanding services to children. Before the formal event, Ambassador Daughton and Ms. Onesmus visited the Toivo Early Child Development Centre in Katutura, to see first-hand how the funds have been used.The children demonstrated their progress in learning their numbers and then taught the Ambassador how to wash his hands to maintain good hygiene. Before departing the meeting, the Ambassador presented each child with a gas-filled balloon.