Buy a Brick gains traction
FaanBergh Winckler Projects became the first commercial enterprise to make a substantial contribution to the Buy a Brick project when they bought 2000 erasers in the form of brick facsimiles for the learners of Dr Aupa Frans Indongo Primary School in Babylon, Katutura.
The erasers which were pledged to the school principal, Mr Shikongo will be distributed to the learners when school starts next year. Each eraser costs N$5. By buying 2000 “token bricks” FaanBergh Winckler Projects has donated N$10,000 to the Buy a Brick project.
Standard Bank launched the Buy-a-Brick Project in Windhoek in October selling erasers to donors. Each eraser looks like a small brick and for each eraser sold, a donation goes to the Shack Dwellers Federation. The bank and the federation has a relationship covering the past eight years.
The Buy-a-Brick project was launched jointly by Standard Bank’s CEO Vetumbuavi Mungunda and the First Lady, Monica Geingos as the patron of the federation.
“The Standard Bank Buy-a-Brick initiative is borne out of a continual assessment of our CSI initiatives and their relevance to the challenges of our time as a country, community and bank. This initiative falls well in line with our theme of “moving communities forward”. What better way of moving communities forward than to assist the less fortunate members of our nation to obtain decent homes? We have a duty to assist to move members of our communities into a decent home and we also saw it befitting to launch this initiative this year when we mark our 100 years anniversary in Namibia,” said Mungunda at the launch.
Geingos commended Standard Bank saying. “When we look at our communities there are people who can not afford low income houses. What Standard Bank is doing is a creative and worthwhile initiative for uplifting poor communities.”