Athletes receive scholarships from PEPFAR and FFF

WINDHOEK: Two athletes received scholarships from the Frank Fredericks Foundation (FFF) and the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in the capital on Tuesday.

This was during a sports day hosted by PEPFAR and the FFF in the Babylon informal settlement.

Over 80 learners participated in the event.

PEPFAR – in partnership with the FFF – hosted a one-year programme for the youth in the informal settlement comprising sports programmes and an educational component to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in Namibia.

PEPFAR was launched in Namibia during 2004, and since then, the country has received over N.dollars 80 million in resources from the United States’ (US) government.

The learners, who will be receiving a N.dollars 6 000 scholarship each, are Antonia Isaack, a Grade 8 learner at the Immanuel Shifidi Secondary School; and MacDonald Goliath, a Grade 10 Namibian College of Open Learning (Namcol) learner.

Half of the scholarships will go towards their school fees, while the other half will be used for the sports activities they are involved in.

Speaking at the sports day, FFF trustee Anibal Rego said the athletes received homework support and sports training during the programme.

He thus advised them to respect themselves and their bodies.

“You must respect yourself, your body and mind, and also respect your elders. Respect will always take you far,” he stated.

Rego also stressed to the youngsters that a fit person is a strong person – both mentally and physically.

“Remember, you have the right to say no, and let people respect you like you respect them. Sports will always be something which can prepare you for the future,” he added.

The Frank Fredericks Foundation was launched in 1999, and is a non-governmental organisation run by world-renowned Namibian hero and athletics’ champion Frank Fredericks.