By Marshallino Beukes
AMID the harsh local and global economic calamity where individuals, companies and the state are complaining about the lack of money, a Swakopmund resident has offered to paint the entire school by himself – for free.
Frans Visagie (54) better known as “Oom Frans” told Confidente that he decided to take on this mammoth task after observing that the school, Vrede Rede Primary School in Mondesa, was struggling to get funding for their painting project.
One of the teachers at the school mentioned about how the school was struggling to get funds to repaint the school and he decided to “help the government and the school” by offering his services for free.
“Namibians should stop complaining and start acting about the problems at hand and in this instance the lack of finances for proper education and education facilities,” Visagie noted.
As a devoted and faithful born-again Christian, Visagie said that he is doing this for the Lord and also for the joy in the children’s eyes and hearts when they see their school undergoing this metamorphosis.
Although “Oom Frans” did not expect any remuneration, the school board recently decided to give him a “little something” for his selfless act.
According to reliable sources, other contractors and individuals also tendered for the paint job, but their quotations were extremely high and were out of reach for the school’s budget.
“Oom Frans” noted that although it is tough for one man to paint the entire school, he is confident that with the help of God he will manage and complete the project.
The school’s principal, Lizette Fisher expressed her school gratitude towards Visagie, adding that it is truly remarkable to find someone willing to work for free.
She remarked that the school, which is turning 40 years next year, was last repainted more than 20 years ago.
The painting project initially kicked off two-three years ago, with the school starting with initiatives to raise funds.
A school hall fund was also separately established and proved to be a big success, as most of the money for the project was generated through the renting of the hall for private and public events.
The Swakopmund Municipality donated N$10 000 each to all the schools in the circuit and Vrede Rede decided to use this money to start buying paint.
Perralin Paints also came on board and sponsored four barrels of 20 liter paint.
The first of five phases commenced during May this year and was completed at the end of the second trimester. According to the principal, the school had to fork out around N$40 000 for the first phase and around N$80 000 is needed to finish the entire project.
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