Founding Father’s legacy
As the country’s first president, Nujoma, who is dubbed the Founding Father of the Nation, turns 84 this Sunday and his legacy is perpetuated through the foundation’s work.
Through the creation of strategic network and partnerships, the foundation intends to direct resources, knowledge and practice to add value and demonstrate new possibilities that will allow Namibians to continue to benefit from the founding president’s guidance. The foundation’s mission is to pursue principles of peace, security, stability, democracy and development, in the interest of Namibians and achieve its vision of being the prime catalyst and promoter of the Sam Nujoma legacy through capacity building.
Amongst its activities, the foundation promotes awareness and national appreciation of the importance of mathematics, science and technology to the social, cultural and economic development of the country. To promote the study of Mathematics and the development of Science and Technology in Namibia, many students studying at the University of Namibia, the Polytechnic of Namibia as well as other tertiary institutions within South Africa have received financial assistance from the foundation by means of study grants, loans and bursaries granted in the fields of Mathematics, Science and Technology.
The Sam Nujoma Foundation believes in art and cultural activities and offers its support to institutions that are engaged in the promotion of arts and culture. Further more, the foundation also identifies children affected by HIV/AIDS and solicit community support for them.
The Sam Nujoma Foundation has also been involved in the provision of quality education at Primary and High school level through the donation of Computers so as to promote Information, Communication and Technology amongst young Namibians. Additionally, the foundation also donates text books to different schools, mainly in rural areas. This strategy is aimed at assisting government in the decentralization of the provision of goods and services to every part of the country.
Since its inception, the foundation has provided materials to relieve and assist vulnerable groups such as orphanages and flood victims by donating blankets, food and other amenities to the disadvantaged communities.
In addition, the foundation also mobilises resources by strengthening smart partnerships between government, private sector, civil society organisations and the development of the communities at large.