UK family helps needy Tsumeb learners

31 December 2019 | Education

The Mary Forsythe family from the United Kingdom (UK) has come to the help of needy children at Tsumeb's Tov multipurpose centre by donating N$151 775.

The beneficiaries are two learners at a local private school, the Tsumeb Home School Centre.

The Tov technical director, Reverend Edward Amadhila, told Namibian Sun that the Forsythe family is paying the tuition fees and other educational expenses of Emilia Vatilifa and Venecia Gaeses.

“Just for the 2019 academic year alone, Mary Forsythe and her family have assisted the centre with N$151 775, which was used in paying for Vatiliva's grade five and Gaeses's grade nine education.

“Vatilifa spent N$6 192 on stationary while Gaeses spent N$8 521. Their combined annual school fee for the 2019 academic year was N$36 000, and there was no way that their families or Tov could afford this kind of money,” Amadhila said.

“From the N$151 775, the centre has remaining cash of N$20 000 to help the two children at the beginning of the 2020 academic year.

“This is not the first time Mary and her family are assisting us. Over the past years they have spent thousands of dollars investing in Namibian children. We are grateful to them for helping us to help a Namibian child.”

Amadhila said the local community of Tsumeb also assisted the centre this year.

Donors included the centre's patron, Kauna Ndilula, who gave N$24 000; the Cornerstone International Fellowship which donated N$3 600; Afrina Property, which gave N$4 800; and an anonymous donor who gave N$1 200.

“Our current monthly donors are few, but they are making a huge impact. We have friends like Daniela, who bought us a cow, and Rebecca's family gave us chickens just to make sure that the children have something to eat. Our friend Marion and friends from Canada donated money to buy maize seeds,” Amadhila said.

ILENI NANDJATO

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