Ms Maureen Baard, Founder of the Walvis Bay Kids Haven receiving the donation from Chairperson of the Namport Social Investment Fund Working Committee, Ms Tana Pesat
The Namibian Ports Authority, through its Social Investment Fund (NSIF) today, 01 October 2021 donated N$300,000.00 to the Walvis Bay Kids Haven. NSIF came on board in support of the Haven’s mandate eight years ago and this commitment has seen the Fund investing more than N$1, 5 million, including today’s much needed donation. Earlier this week Namibia celebrated the Day of the Namibian Child thus making this particular donation even more momentous.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Ms Maureen Baard, Founder of the Walvis Bay Kids Haven, said that Namport has been a true friend indeed and has always extended a helping hand over the years. “I encourage other companies to follow this great example set by Namport and to support initiatives such as ours”.
The Walvis Bay Kids Haven children's home was established in May 2009 and aims at assisting abused, vulnerable and neglected children by providing a safe home for them until they reach adulthood. The Children's home also provides a Baby line for mothers that do not want their babies and offers such mothers assistance in an attempt to prevent baby dumping.
This is the only Baby line facility in the entire Erongo region and is currently home to 30 (thirty) children.
Chairperson of the Working Committee of the Namport Social Investment Fund, Ms Tana Pesat, reiterated the company’s commitment to joining hands with community based programmes that aim to improve the lives of the Namibian Child.
The Namibian Ports Authority is committed to playing its role through the Namport Social Investment Fund (NSIF). Founded in 2006, the Fund has invested more than N$35 million to improve the lives of Namibians across all 14 regions.
The Fund supports the four societal pillars of health, entrepreneurship, education and environmental sustainability with the overall objective to be a good corporate citizen that endeavours to significantly impact the livelihoods of all country men and woman across Namibia.
During the Fund’s previous financial year, 1 April 2020 - 31 March 2021 pledges were made to the value of N$ 2,860 000 million. The Fund’s mandate is aligned to the United National Sustainable Goals and emphasis on the four (4) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) namely; Zero hunger, Good health and well-being, Quality education.