Taxi driver with a golden heart

Christian Nangolo is a Windhoek taxi driver whose highest qualification is grade 9 but has taken it upon himself to become an educator in his community, Goreangab, Windhoek.

Nangolo established a kindergarten with the assistance of his friend in Goreangab, where he hired a teacher to teach over 20 young children.

He pays the teacher from the salary he earns as a taxi driver, and only charges for pupils who can afford to contribute to the kindergarten’s teaching resources.

Nangolo has also taken in three children from the street who now share a small shack with him and his young son.

The kindergarten accommodates 25 children from the community. He also attempted to open a free soup kitchen but has struggled to stock up groceries.

When The Villager visited him at his residence on Monday, he was just recovering from an attempted robbery.

He sustained injuries to his lip after he was assaulted for fighting back. He told The Villager that the robbers tried to take his taxi’s key from him but failed.

Nangolo has been driving a taxi for almost four years and has used every cent on charity.

He also said that children who come to his school have a hard time returning to their homes at the end of the day because Humblers Centre provides them with comfort.

“We take care of both orphans and vulnerable children those who have been left to fend for themselves,” he explains.

Nangolo who has also been around the block for quiet sometime says he was inspired by the children he sees roaming around the city streets suffering without no education because of the lack of finances.

“I have been driving a taxi for almost four years now and being a driver, one sees a lot of things whether it is during the day and night and from my observation there are really kids out there that are struggling,” he notes.

According to Nangolo, most kids he takes care of are sent to the centre without food and he came up with a kitchen where they can cook food.

Although he managed to put some corrugated roofing sheets together to make a kitchen, he says the consistency of food supply remains a challenge.

“What I normally do is take money from my taxi and buy groceries just to make sure that the kids have bread, if there is no food the kitchen remains locked,” he says.

Even though Nangolo has approached different ministries on several occasions requesting for assistance and showing them reports of the kids who are physically abused, he says that he never get any responses.

Currently, he is working with a voluntarily teacher at the school who only gets paid when funds are available.

“The teacher that I have right now really helps me a lot although there are times that she goes home without any salary and still come to work the next day. I am honoured but when few of the kids’ parents decides to give something then I automatically give it to her or sometimes pay her from the taxi money,” he mentions.

At the centre, there are two more girls who do not have a place to live as their biological mother disappeared with the wind.

Nangolo says, “I am asking for help because I don’t know where the two girls’ mother is, one is six and the younger is four, they have been living in a ghetto just near the centre.”

He further pleaded to get permission from government to be able take the two girls permanently under his care without any legal actions taken against him.