TULIKI Shilongo is a businesswoman based in Oshakati, who runs a successful event management company, named after her.
Although she is making waves with Tuliki Events Management CC, she is better known for her charity work, which she does through the Women of Faith (WoF) non-profit organisation.
WoF helps various vulnerable members of society, including orphans, widows and those living with HIV/Aids.
The businesswoman, who is affectionately known as Tuli, describes Women of Faith as a group of Godly women, who have faith and the desire to see fellow women develop their potential to its maximum levels.
“We endeavour to see women healed, restored and revived from their despondent lives. We want them to develop themselves into the full, enriched life that God intended for them. WoF is the vehicle that allows us to bring spiritual, emotional and financial growth to all women, who are ready to receive it,” Shilongo said this week, during an interview with Confidente.
“We undertake a family-centred approach in supporting orphans, widows, people with disabilities, prisoners, people living with albinism, the abandoned and abused, and those affected and infected with HIV/Aids in the northern part of Namibia, and other vulnerable members of society.”
Shilongo adds that the organisation was established in 2012, with the aim to help achieve spiritual self-actualisation.
Apart from being an organisation that enriches women spiritually, their activities are mostly geared towards meeting the health, economic, psychological and educational needs of the vulnerable in society.
“WoF supports, cares and lobbies for orphans, prisoners and widows, in general, by providing them with food, clothing, training, health services, shelter, moral programs and vocational training, without distinction of caste, religion or race,” Shilongo said.
She added that the goal of WoF is to give women comfortable platforms to share their experiences, and encourage one another, in developing the kind of faith that nurtures them through difficulty.
“The group includes women who are strong in their faith, women who are struggling with their faith and women who don’t have time in their normal day to ponder their faith at all. “Although we are all at different places in our faith journey, and though we all have obligations and relationships in our lives, we all have stories to tell and strengths to share, and spiritually we are all travelling in the same direction,” Shilongo said. Looking back at the WoF activities that have been held, Shilongo said that they have organised Christmas and Mother’s Day parties, as well as rescue missions, amongst others.
“As mothers ourselves, we take the opportunity to pray with new mothers and present them with blankets, baby clothing and washing basins. Some of the mothers become overwhelmed by our generosity. They share their own life stories of the hardship they encounter, as most of them have to raise children on their own, while unemployed.”
Shilongo also recounted how in recent months she came across a little girl, who was lost on the streets of Oshakati.
“I took in this girl, got her the medical help that she desperately needed, and bought her new clothes. That lifted her spirits. I asked her about her family, and drove 30 kilometres to reunite her with her mother and
grandmother.” Shilongo also said that she had reached out to an elderly man, who lives alone in the Omusati region, and in deplorable conditions.
“The conditions in which he lived were a testimony to what life can be when family ties become loose.”
Tuliki Events Management CC offers a wide variety of services to cater for all your needs, when it comes to executing your perfect event.
The company rents out cutlery, crockery, tablecloths, décor and portable air conditioners, among a range of other items.
Shilongo can be contacted at 081 2711 008.
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