Guest Contributor | May 20, 2019 | 0
Elderly community receives a new ‘set of wheels’ courtesy of Imago Dei
The management committee of Namibia Christian Woman Aid Society (NCWAS) in Khomasdal recently received a brand-new Toyota Quantum Minibus from Imago Dei.
The society registered as a beneficiary of Imago Dei in 2014, with a sole purpose to source a donor to purchase a vehicle, which is fundamental to their operations.
Since then, Imago Dei has embarked on sourcing donors and funding for a vehicle and a few years later, it was able to assist the society through a combined effort of sponsors who made Imago Dei’s most significant benefaction to a project yet, possible.
Sponsors include: The charity organization in Holland (GZB), Christiaan Hess from the Namibian company, Holzbau Carpentry Hess; Capricorn Investment Group Limited, who generously provided their brand and communications services; The Dutch Reformed Church Eros; Pupkewitz Toyota
Christo Horn, who acted in his private capacity; Arnold Groenewald, the representative of All Signs and Graphix, donated the branding on the minibus, including the labour.
Meanwhile, the objectives of the Namibia Christian Woman Aid Society is the facilitation and increased awareness and involvement of the broader community of Namibia, to address the problems of the elderly in the central area of Windhoek.
Their activities include emotional support, medical check-ups, monthly home visits to 250 elderly individuals, provision of food parcels and creating occasions for the mature to socialise and interact with one another.
“The problem is that donors often lack control. How can a donor be assured that his donation makes a difference to the lives of beneficiaries, given the fact that he may be from overseas or a local private company charged to capacity by its daily business?” said Dr. Reverend Fourie van den Berg, founder and vice chairman of Imago Dei.
According to Van den Berg, the gap between rich and poor in Namibia continues to grow, leaving poverty and ruin in its wake. To address the socio-economic challenges in communities successfully requires strategic, comprehensive and innovative thinking.
“Imago Dei, a registered non-profit welfare organisation, acts as a third-party service provider and is modelling the future of aid coordination. Through accomplishing governance standards in associated welfare projects, they offer a transparent, easy and secure way for patrons and companies to contribute towards the alleviation of poverty. Their approach is both simple and powerful: Imago Dei establishes a relationship of trust between donors and welfare organisations, acting as a bridge between the community of means and the community of needs. Their core function is to manage the corporate social responsibility of businesses, by making a social investment through uplifting the poor and needy on behalf of said businesses,” Van den Berg concluded.