By Jeoffrey Mukubi
RETIRED international footballer and San Fishing Company board member, Eliphas Shivute, has donated rice, tins of fish, maize meal, cooking oil, baking flour and blankets, worth about N$25 000, to the Ludwig Ndinda Primary School in Okakarara, on behalf of the company.
School principal Benfried Kaapehi received the donations, while surrounded by the 230 learners, who are in dire need of assistance.
“Due to the economic difficulties that the country is facing, the government school feeding program cannot provide food to us for this school term,” said Kaapehi. The principal added that the primary school hostel was surviving on a N$200 voluntary grant from each of the parents, in order to sustain the learners.
“Some of the parents cannot afford to pay the N$200, and we cannot make it compulsory, because if we tell the learners to stay at home, they will be deprived of their basic human right to education,” he said. The foodstuff and other items will cater for the learners needs until the end of July. Shivute, who retired from football due to a knee injury in 2002, after a career spent in Chinese and European football, said that he was approached by a former pupil of the school. The ex-pupil asked whether he could help by donating food to the school, since it was about to close. “The school principal wrote me an email, which I forwarded to the rest of the board of directors, and they approved the donation to the school,” said Shivute. “We are all aware of the current economic situation, and I don’t blame the government for the shortage of funds. We should just all come together and help these vulnerable people,” he added. Shivute also reiterated that the learners were ecstatic, and that he was well-received by the school. “I just hope that the nation supports more schools in this situation, because these are the leaders of tomorrow. “There are hundreds of other schools in the same situation, or even worse off. I would also like to urge school principals to try and approach corporate companies for help, because this is a nationwide issue that needs to be tackled – not only by government, but by everyone who is in a position to help.”
Lacho Abed, representing Hakahana Meat Market, also donated ten 50kg bags of maize meal to the school.
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