Needed Lab Equipment Donated to Ondangwa School


By Surihe Gaomas WINDHOEK “The more you give the more you get back in return”. In line with this adage, the Khomas Laboratory Services recently donated laboratory equipment worth over N$2ÃÆ’Æ‘ÀÃ…ÃÆ”šÃ‚ 000 to a needy rural school in Ondangwa. The donation consisted of boxes of test tubes, microscopes, distilled water bottles, glassware and boiling flasks, to mention but a few. Receiving the donation on Wednesday, the founder of Heroes Private School in Ondangwa, Dr Otto Kapia, was all smiles as the more than 400 school children now have the much-needed laboratory equipment to develop themselves scientifically. For a long time, the school was in dire need of educational materials, as most rural children don’t even know what a test tube looks like, or that of a microscope. It is commonly known that many schools in the rural areas virtually don’t have laboratories in the first place. “You have touched my heart, because we were struggling and our school had no facilities,” said Kapia, adding that it would be put to good use. ” We have empty classrooms with no equipment, and we are struggling with having enough qualified teachers,” said Kapia, who also serves as a Reverend. The Heroes Private School, which started off with only 18 children in 1992, grew fast to the current number of 416 children. There are currently 19 teachers, one school secretary and three cleaners attending to the needs of children from Grade 1 to Grade 10. Besides the children, the school also accommodates 320 registered Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) as well as 98 men and women living with HIV/Aids from which 30 are their own children. Plans are therefore underway to build a hostel for them. “They are destitute but we, as Namibians, must love them and have a vision for them,” said Dr Kapia who noted that the entire school board, executive members and teachers entirely support the initiative. Echoing similar sentiments, well-known liberation war veteran, Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, said that the latest donation was a ‘blessing in disguise.’ “You are one of the rare Namibians to hand over equipment to this school,” he said. After noticing the plight of the school’s needs in recent articles published by New Era, Khomas Laboratory Services in Windhoek decided to make the generous donation. Sales representative of the service, George KrÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚¶hne, said the gesture is part of helping government in developing the country and ultimately in attaining Vision 2030. “When you give, you get more blessings in return,” said KrÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚¶hne. Recently, the education laboratory and medical equipment supply services also donated wheelchairs for the disabled community in Katutura and equipment for the Moses //GarÃÆ’Æ‘Æ‘ÃÆ”šÃ‚¶eb School. The laboratory services have pledged to help Heroes Private School children in Ondangwa with training on the use of the donated items for academic studies.