By Johannes Hangula
THE United States’ Marine Corps donated toys to orphans and vulnerable children of the Hope Village Orphanage in Greenwell Matongo informal settlement in Windhoek on Friday.
According to Corporal Matt Brannen from the US Marine Corps headquarters in Johannesburg, each year, the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation collects new toys during the November and December holiday season, and they distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the Toys for Tots campaign is conducted with the aim to assist children to become responsible and productive citizens.
Speaking at the same event, Hope Village founder Marietjie de Klerk said the home has been in existence since 2007 and at the moment it hosts a number of 87 children including HIV/AIDS orphans and abandoned children.
De Klerk expressed her gratitude to the US Marine Corps for the donation, as she revealed that the village depends on sponsorships and donations from individuals and organisations for its day-to-day activities.
Further highlighting on the orphanage’s achievements, De Klerk disclosed that six of the children graduated pre-school last year and have been admitted in grade one this year. She further added that one of the senior children who matriculated last year passed grade 12 and will join two others –from Hope Village- already at local tertiary institutions.
“We want to upgrade our pre-school, build a multipurpose centre and a home school to cater for children with special needs because at the moment in this village we have some senior children that left elementary school at early grades, and it is difficult to take them back into these schools. So the home school will cater for them and other special needs children as well”.
The Village employs 22 permanent workers who have recently been joined by a group of volunteers from Norway and Germany.
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