By Sanae Kiunsi
NANGULA Geingos, daughter of President Hage Geingob has reached out to the community members of the Kilimanjaro informal settlement for what was titled ‘The Winter Charity Drive’.
The occasion involved provision of food as well as warm clothing for the residents of the settlement. The drive was hosted at the Hope Initiatives Centre and children were served breakfast and lunch.
Close to 400 children attended the event which also featured games such as jumping castles and football as entertainment in between the meals.
Geingos was joined by a team of volunteers and staff from the centre. “The charity is a resource provider for available initiatives. So we support initiatives that are already there,” said Geingos. “For instance [this] centre offers food for kids in the mornings and afternoons. In cases like this, we come and offer food to support the centre,” she added.
Kilimanjaro is on the outskirts of Katutura and its residents face challenges during the winter due to limited access to electricity and lack of sufficient financial resources. Geingos acknowledged her network of family members and friends for the material support that made the event possible. She maintained these efforts are part of Patty’s Heart foundation which was founded in honour of her late mother ,Priscilla Charlene Geingos, also known as Aunty Patty who passed on in 2014. Following her charitable works, the young Geingos told Confidénte that she started the charity in the legacy of her mother who also cared about children. The foundation has been ongoing since December 2015 reaching out in different areas of the country. “We have short term and long term goals for the foundation.” One of the volunteers, Nguvi Mberirua said: “This is my first time doing something like this. It is an eye opening experience which makes us see how privileged we are. If there is something to do to help others why not. I would encourage the public to assist where they can,” Mberirua remarked.
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