Early childhood development programme receives boost from investment firm
Investment firm, RisCura, donated N$58,000 recently to the Mainstream Foundation in support of Early Childhood Development (ECD. Through this donation Mainstream will improve the lives of children with disabilities by providing them with tools to better integrate into society.
Loth Angula, Director of RisCura Namibia said they recognized the lack of funding for facilities that support early childhood development by providing education at an early stage of a child’s life. This is an important building block for their future academic development and performance. It is also one of the pillars of Riscura’s corporate social responsibility approach.
“We are therefore pleased to support the Foundation in their effort to provide early childhood education to children with disabilities, who often have less access to education when compared to able bodied children,” added Angula.
Angula explained that this donation is in addition to their support for the Eat, Play, Love national campaign on ECD which is being run by the Office of the First Lady, UNICEF and the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare.
“Our donation will also ensure that the Foundation is able to pay for two caregivers and purchase educational material for the children assisted by them,” Angula said.
Sylvia Chidunka, Founding Director at Mainstream said the donation came just at the right time and it will indeed make a difference. “We are grateful for RisCura’s generosity, trust and most importantly, their commitment to our mission and we thank them very much,” concluded Chidunka.
Mainstream Foundation is based in the Zambezi region and serves some of the poorest communities in and around Katima Mulilo. Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture recently revealed that 87% of children with disabilities, up to age four years, have never attended ECD programmes.