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Hope Village receives financial boost

Mon, 28 April 2014 03:25
by Timoteus Shihepo

British High Commission reached out to Hope Village in Katutura, donating £2,000 (N$35,776) to the shelter.
The home houses 90 infected with HIV and AIDS, and affected children, as well as those suffering severe abuse and neglect.
British High Commissioner to Namibia, Marianne Young said she was pleased to be able to strengthen the British High Commission’s longstanding relationship with Hope Village.
“Hope Village provides a home to children and mothers affected by a combination of Gender Based Violence and HIV and AIDS in Namibia, and offers comprehensive medical, psychological, social, spiritual and educational care in a loving home environment,” Young said.
Young said by joining hands this way, people can all make life a bit easier for people to deal with the challenge of HIV and AIDS, and for communities to provide a caring environments. “The British High Commission started working with Hope Village in 2009 when we designed and planted a little garden at the front entrance.  The conifer tree next to the office block, was planted following a request by the children for an annual Christmas tree and it was dedicated to the memory of our friend and colleague, Loth Tjitemisa, who sadly passed away the week before it was actually planted,” she said.
Young said the donation impact has been multiplied significantly by the generosity of a few big hearted individuals. “I would like to thank John Rode from Bedding Warehouse and Willem Gentle from Mini Magic Discounters, who helped us supply the boys home with two brand new bunk beds, mattresses, three pine tables, and 24 chairs, where children can sit to have their meals and do homework ,” she said. The babies’ home, the High Commissioner said received two new cots, with mattresses and a new table with four chairs.  
The home also received a new sofa for the mothers to use while feeding the little ones, while the toddlers’ home got three new pine tables and 24 chairs. The remaining money was channelled towards linen for the boys’ room.
Orange Babies said it was going to use existing funds to purchase new duvets for the children, in preparation for the coming winter.