The Meatco Foundation handed over a fully equipped food trailer to the Lebensschule Centre for Children with Disabilities in Rehoboth last Friday. The foundation’s chairperson Clara Bohitile, handed the key to Lebensschule’s founder, Kathy Hampe.
Deputy Minister in the Presidency hon. Alexia Manombe-Ncube, the Director of Education in the Hardap Region Mr. George Dax, the Mayor of Rehoboth Christina Blaauw, and the Baster Captain John McNab, were present at the event.
The handover was the culmination of much hard work to realize the dreams and aspirations of the Lebensschule Centre as a contributor towards uplifting children with disabilities in Rehoboth.
The centre has various operational expenses, including staff salaries and fixed costs like electricity, water, rates and taxes. It is against this background that Meatco, through its Cooperate Social Responsibility vehicle, the Meatco Foundation, agreed to use prize-money received from the Development Bank of Namibia’s Good Business Awards to contribute towards supporting the centre’s activities. This includes generating an income so as to continue implementing other activities and to support children with disabilities in the town.
“We would like to help the centre generate an income to continue their operations and to enhance the support the Lebensschule children receive at the centre,” Meatco Foundation Executive Kingsley Kwenani, said.
We also aim at strengthening Meatco work teams and build employee skills as well as contribute to professional development. This project is therefore aimed at contributing toward Meatco’s bottom line,”.
“Those of you who know the struggles associated with the sustainability of NGO and centres like this, especially in regards to administrative cost funding, will appreciate the strides that the Meatco Foundation, Meatco and the Rehoboth based Meatco Staff have gone to in securing this funding. There are no other options, because without this type of support we cannot successfully address the major issues facing Centres like Lebensschule – In an age when innovation is acknowledged as the prime ingredients of economic success – key equipment and initial capital support such as the one we are witnessing today are the only vehicle by which goals can be achieved,” Clara Bohitile said during the handover ceremony.
The support provided to Lebensschule includes;
• A self-Contained Fully equipped-food trailor mobile kiosk that will be used for selling frozen products that includes Ice cream, Milk shake, Fruitina and meat products,
• As part of the strategy the centre has also been supported to sell Meatma Products,
• Additionally this support is part of the Meatco Staff volunteer activities where Meatco staff members from Rehoboth has raised food items, hampers and entertained the kids as part of their giving back to the community.
The support provided to date to the centre amounts to a total of N$130,000 this includes the award received by Meatco, Meatco Foundation contribution and the Meatco staff members contributions to the project.
“I want to issue an invitation to everyone, to support this centre as they are providing a very unique support to our kids who needs special attention, therefore our collective support is needed to sustain the work they do for our kids, our grand and great-grand kids,” Clara concluded.
FLTR: Director of Education – Mr George Dax, Head of Lending: Development Bank of Namibia – John Mbango. Executive Meatco Foundation, Meatco Foundation Board of Trustee Patricia Keeja, Captain of Rehoboth: John McNab, Meatco Foundation Chairperson Clara Bohitile, Mayor of Rehoboth Christina Blaauw, Board of Trustee Lebensschule – Mr Thomas Weber, Meatco Executive: Stakeholder Relations and Corporate Affairs, Deputy Minister in Presidency in Vice President’s Office: Hon. Alexia Manombe-Ncube, Founder of Lebensschule, Kathy Hampe
Food trailer donated to Lebensschule in Rehoboth.