Spare a Thought for the Have-nots

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By Petronella Sibeene WINDHOEK WHILE many folks indulge in fine food and open gifts from loved ones, quite a number of children in the country and beyond carry on their mundane lives – they do not receive Christmas presents. However, Penehupifo Pohamba as the first lady in the country has spared a thought on orphans and vulnerable children. Following the official launch of her organisation Organisation for the Empowerment of Widows/Widowers and Orphans of HIV/AIDS, a Christmas bash for orphans has been organised. The organisation looks into the plight of orphans and vulnerable children and will today host a Christmas party for orphans and children. According to one of the founders of the organisation Joseph Auala, just like any other parent would like to give the best gift during this festive season, it was deemed right that even those who might not have biological parents be remembered. “The main reason why we will do this is to remind these people that at least there is someone out there who cares.” There are about 100 orphans and widows expected to attend the party at Parliament Gardens. From the beginning of this month, different organisations including churches have been actively involved in organising parties for orphans and vulnerable children. Some local churches have not only given presents but have also taken the children into their churches for them to hear the Gospel message and receive Christmas presents and a snack. For the elderly especially those in old age homes, they depend on good Samaritans to bring them a present during this joyous period. As the supervisor at the Katutura Old Age Home in Katutura said, “We depend on individuals and organisations to bring some gifts for the old people.” So far, the organisation has received numerous calls from people who have shown interest in visiting the old age home. “We welcome the idea, it makes the old people happy, they get to know that Namibia cares about them and I appeal to all the people who have something to give, to come and give whatever they can, even a sweet.” she appealed.

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