… First daughter honours Aunty Patty through foundation for the less fortunate
By Marianne Nghidengwa and Alwonia M. Izaaks
NANGULA Geingob is not alone when it comes to dealing with the emotional impact of losing a mother. But rather than shy away, she took her unimaginable grief and turned it into a force for helping the less fortunate, especially children.
Nangula is the daughter of the late Priscilla Charlene Geingos and President Hage Geingob. Priscilla, who was affectionately known as Aunt Patty, died in 2014 after battling cancer.
Remembering her mother as a fighter who cared about children and the wellbeing of the girl child, as well as a woman who was inspirational to those around her, Nangula has established the Patty’s Heart Foundation, to maintain her legacy. The foundation serves as a resource provider, especially food to children at orphanages and kindergartens, as well as those in impoverished communities. In an interview with Confidente on the sidelines of the Patty’s Heart back-to-school drive and food handover in Katutura’s Dolam area this past weekend, Nangula said that on the first anniversary of her mom’s passing, she gathered the courage to continue her legacy. At Dolam, Nangula, together with the foundation’s members, handed over school stationery, as well as foodstuffs to at least 83 children at the Mother of Voice Orphanage, which is run by an elderly woman, Christine Kharises. Kharises told Nangula that the donation comes at an opportune time, because they did not have food for four days. She said that their water and electricity had also been disconnected. It was later reconnected with the foundation’s help.
While speaking to Confidente, a little girl grabs Nangula’s leg and says, “Aunty, I don’t have a schoolbag.” Nangula passionately responds, “I will be back with that schoolbag.”
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