By: Julia Heita
Tim Ekandjo yesterday launched the “Project Never Walk Alone” which was inspired by the Namibian children “we have forgotten, who walk barefoot every day and who have never owned a pair of shoes in their lifetime.”
Ekandjo who is the CEO and founder said that the purpose of the project is to raise an amount of N$2 million per annum over the next 5 years to provide 6000 children with brand-new pairs of shoes across the country.
The Project has entered into a partnership agreement with Shilongo Leather Works Cc, a 100% Namibian owned company, that will make the project’s shoes.
“Project Never Walk Alone will be a reminder to these children that they are not forgotten, and that their lives, dreams and aspirations matter and that poverty is a state of mind that they can walk out from, given the right pair of shoes” said Ekandjo.
The initiative is supported by various Ambassadors including Dr Helena Ndume, Cassidy Karon, Lindiwe Ekandjo, Twapewa Kadhikwa, Ms Namibia 2021 Chelsi Shikongo, amongst many others.
The project has so far raised a total of N$1 million through pledges and sponsorships by corporates such as CSS Tactical Solutions, NDTC, Development Bank of Namibia, Momentum Metropolitan Empowerment Fund, Jerrry Muadinohamba Foundation, Redforce Debt Management, Navachab Gold Mine, Business Financial Solutions, Namibre, First Capital Solutions, NASRIA, Helmsman Group, Shikongo Law Chambers, Millennium Investment, Coca Cola, Bank Windhoek, O&L, Kadhikwa Group of Companies, Lofty Capital, Soulstice Spa, Letshego, Shangfhadi Cleaning, Sisa Namandje Foundation, Neumayer Civil Contractors and Indongo Toyota just to mention a few.
Deputy Minister of Education, Faustina Caley during the launch said that she is glad to hear that the children will receive a brand-new pair of shoes and not second hand because they are not 2nd hand citizens but equal citizens.