By Johannes Hangula
THE Women’s Actions for Development (WAD) Hardap training centre laboratory was fully furnished with 16 desktop computers thanks to another donation from the Debmarine- Namdeb Foundation in Rehoboth on Monday.
The donated computers will be used for the specific purpose of training more young and unemployed jobseekers in Computer Literacy and Office Administration at the training centre under the supervision of the WAD head office.
Speaking during the handover ceremony at WAD Hardap Training Center, Rehoboth Mayor, Christina Blaauw urged the students at the centre to commit themselves and use the educational tools at their disposal to the best of their abilities.
“It is about a zealous urge to be in charge of your own fate. You have got to protect your dream and don’t ever let somebody tell you that you can’t do something,’’ said Blaauw.
“No one has written your destiny. The circumstances of your life; what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have or whatever you’ve got going on at home, that is not an excuse for you not to succeed. Above all else, it is your drive to succeed that will make the greatest difference,” she concluded.
WAD executive director, Salatiel Shinedima highlighted the importance of the donations. He stated that, “This will invariably give young people an opportunity to empower and equip themselves for a more progressive life; to market themselves more competitively and to make a leap into the world of modern technology.”
“This computers donation by Debmarine-Namdeb Foundation is therefore, a very thoughtful and sensible investment in the youth of our country, which undoubtedly will bear abundant fruits. Thank you very much Debmarine-Namdeb Foundation for your kind generosity and goodwill towards the youth of the country. You have clearly proven the point that you wish to be a partner in the preparation of the youth for a better future. I wish to assure you that this investment will be put to excellent use, while being positive that it will eventually surpass its direct monetary value, “said Shinedima.
Debmarine-Namdeb Foundation executive director, Janita Von Wielligh, commended WAD for empowering primarily rural communities, in the socio-economic and social-political upliftment fields of development for the past 22 years.
She further said that the foundation is committed to the nation in the focus areas of education and women empowerment.
“It is very important that we create programmes through institutions such as WAD to empower our youth so that they can access jobs in the market. Everybody believes that one can only be successful, when he/she got a university education, but we all know that this is not true. Societies are built with various individuals with different sets of skills, meaning some are good with their hands or speaking, but if we all work together we will give true meanings to our societies,” said Wielligh.
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