NAMIBIA’S very own Catherine Goses (CG) has been chosen as a 2018 Mrs Africa Continental finalist. She will represent Namibia at the prestigious pageant week and gala event from 23 November to 2 December in Johannesburg, South Africa. Describing herself as a God-fearing woman, she is dedicated to helping people from all different walks of life through her charitable acts, empowering young girls and women. Currently, she’s an indigenous news presenter at the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC). In a tete-a-tete with Confidente (C) this week, the mother of three spoke passionately about helping the less privileged, her charities and representing Namibia on a continental level.
C: Tell us about yourself and upbringing.
CG: My name is Catherine Goses. I am a mother of three lovely children (two girls and a boy) and I am a wife. I am also a Damara Nama news presenter at NBC, producer, translator and a businesswoman. I pride myself in being a hardworking and God-fearing woman, who cares for the elderly and children. I love the whole concept of women empowerment. As a woman that loves charity work, I put God first in everything I do because this makes me feel alive each day. I love to explore new things and I am hungry for knowledge. I grew up on a farm with my grandparents in Seeis, a farm about 35 kilometres from the international airport to Witvlei.
C: Tell us about your charity work/projects and difference you make in the lives of the less fortunate.
CG: My main charity work is the Mrs Africa Pageant. As African women we come together, discuss social problems affecting our communities and coming up with solutions to address them. Under this pageant, one such project is called Dignity Dreams, where we give washable sanitary pads to our young girls and women in our communities and giving them back their dignity. The other is the Nzuri project, which means beauty in Swahili. The idea with this project is to restore health to women in the DRC. There are about 4 million women and children set aside in camps because they suffer from a disease called giardia. Giardia is a microscopic parasite that causes the diarrheal illness known as giardiasis. It is found on surfaces or in soil, food, or water that has been contaminated with feces from infected humans or animals. These women and children are taken away from their societies. Each year we raise funds to have them integrated back into society, to find jobs and live a better life. My own projects include Women Transformation. As a child that grew up in a society where most of women head households, it was that huge burden on them that I wanted to do something about. So I save up over the years and bought equipment for 100 women and girls who were trained to do make-up, baking, decorations, invitation cards and accessories, hair and nails amongst others. They attend this for free because I wanted to empower them with skills to make an income for themselves. I am a firm believer that if you transform a woman, you transform a nation. For the first time this year in September, I also supported four girls to attend their matric farewell where I did their makeup, hair, dresses, video and photos. I also hosted Kings Daughter, a faith based organisation that takes commercial sex workers from the streets. We rehabilitate them and give them a second chance to a better life by empowering them with skills like working with beads to make handbags and jewellery to sell. We also test them for HIV/AIDS and with the help of social workers through our Moonlight Testing initiative.
C: Congratulations on being chosen to represent Namibia at the upcoming Mrs Africa Pageant, why did you enter?
CG: I entered because the pageant represents every aspect that each woman should possess. This platform not only gives the title holder an outlet to follow her passion through her personal projects but also at an international level where they have to act as good brand ambassadors. Every year they choose a well-rounded woman as a continental representative. As a married woman, I entered because there is a perception that once a woman is married and has children, life for her comes to an end, it is a lie. At that stage as a married woman, you are more important in your community and I belive that we should celebrate every stage of being a woman. I want to teach our young girls that it is all about being real.
C: What message will you spread at the pageant about Namibia?
CG: I believe we have preserving people, who fight for what they want to achieve no matter what comes our way. I am proud to represent that.
C: How will this pageant help you continue with your charities/projects and activities?
CG: This platform has given me the ability to continue doing what I love most. With the exposure and stage, I will be involved in more charities give the time and resources.
C: What advice do you have for the nation about the importance of making a difference in the lives of others?
CG: I believe that when you help someone get what they want in life then you will get in return what you want in life.
C: Just what do you do for a little fun?
CG: I do pageant judging and I read a lot.
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