Six schools in the Kavango East region who have been struggling with access to water each received a 2.5 litre water tank from Chinese Businesswoman Charlene Chen at Rundu on Thursday.The schools include Vhunguvungu, Muhopi, Scholastika Mbava primary s…
Six schools in the Kavango East region who have been struggling with access to water each received a 2.5 litre water tank from Chinese Businesswoman Charlene Chen at Rundu on Thursday.
The schools include Vhunguvungu, Muhopi, Scholastika Mbava primary schools as well as Siguru-guru, Wazanga and Shimpanda junior primary schools.
Handing over the water tanks, Chen said water is a basic need every human being should have access to.
She told the gathering she is not a politician and is not giving the donation in exchange for land or anything else but that the donation comes purely from the goodness of her heart.
'I don't want you to give me land. I don't want you to give me any reward, no. I am a Christian and humans should be there for one another. God gave love to us and we must share this love,' she said.
Chen vowed to also renovate a classroom made out of zinc at Wazanga Junior Primary School as well as a kitchen where the school prepares meals for the learners.
Chen said she has lived in Rundu for more than 12 years with her three daughters whom she gave birth to in Rundu as well.
Because of this, she stated she feels she has an obligation and the need to give back to the region that has now become her home.
Director of Education in the region Fanuel Kapapero said some schools in the region are in need of water before expressing his gratitude to Chen on behalf of government for meeting them halfway.
He called on more businesses in the country to invest in education.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Principal of Shimpanda Junior Primary Schools Romana Kazumba said many of the schools came up with agricultural projects but due to shortage of water could not get them off the ground. Prior to the donation, the schools collected their water from community boreholes that are a walking distance.
Kazumba said the situation got worse when these boreholes would at times dry up leaving the schools with no water at all, adding that the learners also disturbed teaching when they need to drink water if they get thirsty.
Other schools such as Vhunguvungu Junior Primary School and collected water from the Vhunguvungu green scheme.
Kazumba said now that they acquired new water tanks classrooms and toilets will be kept clean and they now have access to drinking water.
'We are also in the time of this pandemic where water is very important. We want to say thank you Chen for the love you have for the Namibian child,' she said.
Source: Namibia press Agency