Making Christmas real for the vulnerable
More than 200 children from the Monte Christo Primary Primary Project School attended a special Christmas party earlier this month when they were invited to the large lawns of Namibia Breweries Ltd’s premises in Windhoek’s northern industrial area. Many of these children are orphans and vulnerable, and for many it was the first Christmas celebration they have ever attended.
Namibia Breweries parent, the O&L Group has been hosting these parties for orphans and vulnerable children for 13 years to make the festive season special for less fortunate children.
The O&L Group has supported the Monte Christo Primary Project School in the past with temporary classrooms from contributions by all twelve subsidiaries in the group’s stable.
O&L’s Group Corporate Social Investment Coordinator, Venessa Mwiya said “We rotate this initiative amongst the schools, orphanages and children shelters that we support within the O&L Group. This event remains one of the most anticipated charity events on the O&L calendar, because the smiles on these children’s faces and the joy that prevails at this annual initiative is priceless, and adds even more value to giving. This event is always planned and organized with the greatest passion by O&L employees and the management team.”
Jumping castles, motorbikes, face painting and delicious foods such as hotdogs, juice, Oshikandela, a giant Christmas cake, ice-cream, candy floss and watermelons were all on the menu and the itinerary for the children to enjoy to their hearts’ delight. Then Santa Claus arrived, bringing for every child his or her own gift pack.
Monte Christo Principal, Elizabeth Murangi said: “I am so happy. The children can’t stop talking about the party. Everyone was excited, including the teachers. What excited me more, was the fact that it was not only a party, but also an excursion for the children. The fun park and the goodies are things they do not get exposed to everyday. So it did them very good. The arrival of Santa Claus on a motorbike was a highlight most of the children still talk about.”