Making a difference through staff volunteerism
Volunteering every step of the way
10 May 2021 | Local News
The God’s Hand Charity Project is an NGO that supports underprivileged mothers. It is the brainchild of Lydia Akunda, an administrative underwriter at Nedbank with over a decade of experience in the risk management industry.
She holds two certificates from the Centre of Business Management at the University of South Africa (UNISA), a professional public speaking certificate, a certification in personal growth and basic counselling and a certificate in holistic massage.
One of her professional accolades was being appointed as the health and safety representative at Nedbank from September 2017-2020.
The God’s Hand Project is a charity project that supports underprivileged new mothers with basic necessities like clothing, food, cosmetics and other needs.
The team makes donations at Windhoek’s Katutura State Hospital Maternity Ward as most underprivileged new mothers have their children delivered there.
“I have a soft spot for children. I always wanted to have five children of my own, but instead God blessed me with two. I feel children are innocent and deserve to have the basic needs as they are welcomed into this world. Getting involved in charity work allows me to help others.
“There’s a saying: what we do for ourselves dies with us, but what we do for others is immortal. I am for trying to improve the lives of those around me and in the country as a whole,” says Lydia.
She allocates N$500 from her salary every second month to buy items for a new mother. “I don’t give cash but rather buy whatever is needed. I cannot put strain on someone who just gave birth, so I make it my mission to assist wholeheartedly even if it means going out of my way,” she adds.
The project has been running since 2019 and she is aided by her two children and a few relatives and friends. While providing support to these young mothers, the idea is also to encourage them and educate them on their new role of taking care of someone else.
Nedbank donated N$10 000 towards the project from its corporate social responsibility fund as a way to encourage staff to make a difference in their communities.
Interested donors can donate and take part in the God’s Hand Charity Project by contacting Lydia at 061 295 2213 or on [email protected]