One bag for every car sold
Learners at Augeikhas Primary School and Moses Garoeb Project School in Katutura last week received the first 100 of 480 school bags donated by Pupkewitz Toyota when Dealer Principal, Anton Westraadt and his staff visited the excited children.
Called “Future in a Bag”, the project partners with the Khomas Directorate of Education to identify schools where the need for school bags is the greatest. Each bag contains the relevant educational stationery, a lunch box and a water bottle.
According to the Principal of Augeikhas primary school, Mr Godfried Kavezepa, the moral of the learners have been positively influenced as a result of this special deed. This was affirmed by Gabriel Kasoma, a Grade 5 learner who thanked the Pupkewitz team for coming to their rescue, saying that they are daily being ridiculed by other learners for using shopping bags as school bags.
The Principal of Moses Garoeb project school, Ms Flora Petrus, expressed her gratitude during the delivery of the school bags: “It takes a strong head to do business and a soft heart to give to the poor, Pupkewitz Toyota clearly has both characteristics”, she said.
The “Future in a Bag” project stems from a commitment made by Pupkewitz Toyota Windhoek on 1 March 2016 to the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture to donate one school bag for every vehicle sold during 2016. At the launch of the project, the Minister of Education, Hon Katrina Hanse-Himarwa handed over 25 schools bags to learners of Auas Primary School.
The schools next up are Hillside, Havana, Dordabis and Kwakwas primary schools, said Ms Inge Katjiuongua, Regional School Councillor, who also recalled her personal experience as a learner without a school bag and later as a mother who had to stitch her children’s school bags during tough times.
Dealer Principal, Anton Westraadt said that as a commercial entity, Pupkewitz Toyota sells its products and services to its valued customers enabling the company to generate profits by which its employees are paid and developed. Subsequently, the company contributes to the country’s Fiscus in the form of taxes and aligns its profits to noble causes such as these. The motivation of the project is for the dealership to donate one school bag to a child in need, for every vehicle sold.