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From boardroom to shack – feeling the reality of informal settlements

Theopolina Heita (middle) this week hosted two guests at her modest shack in Hakahana. Faan Bergh (left) and Brit du Plessis (right) took a day off from their usual office duties to join a group of business people who visited members of the Shack Dwellers Federation at their homes. The visit was part of the sensitisation process to garner support for the Buy-a-Brick challenge, Standard Bank’s contribution to make life easier for people who daily experience the reality of living in a shack. The Buy-a-Brick campaign challenges business to buy erasers as a substitute for bricks. For every small...

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450 children with special needs enjoy a refreshing Vigo

The learners at Moreson School for the mentally impaired last week received a substantial donation from Namibia Breweries Ltd in the form of 360 casses of Vigo, the Breweries’ very popular non-alcoholic beverage. The Moreson learners share this donation with the children at the School for the Hearing Impared and with the School for the visually impaired. Some 450 children with special needs benefit from this donation. The schools use these beverages for sustenace but a large portion go to fundraising inititatives by the three schools to supplement their funding requirements. At a ceremony to celebrate the gift, Namibia...

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Development Bank invests in education

The Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) recently donated 151 chairs, valued at N$48,950, to Tutaleni Primary School in Walvis Bay. At a different occasion, the Bank also donated 215 chairs to Schlip Primary School in the Hardap Region. According to the bank’s Public Relations Officer, Di-Anna Grobler the Bank has financed numerous schools at primary and secondary levels. It also provided finance for the International University of Management, IUM. Where possible, the Bank makes social investments in education as well. Speaking at the handover, the Bank’s Grobler said that when the Bank makes donations of this nature, it gives...

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American students donate ‘The Shoe that Grows’ to rural school

In the past, the school pupils of Omaungete Mobile School in the Kunene Region would set off to school barefoot. With help from six education students from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in the city of Tacoma, Washington in the United States of America, they are now able to walk to school in comfort and safety. Inspired by the moto ‘The Shoe that Grows’ initiative, PLU students, who are currently on an exchange study group in the country, shipped 100 pairs of shoes and donated them to the pupils of Omaungete Mobile School. Made of leather and compressed rubber similar...

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