Girls empowered thanks to donation

A cash injection for a community project will help with much-needed renovations to further grow the foundation.

29 October 2018 | Social Issues

We couldn’t be more thankful. Serley Khaxas, executive director of Lidar

Yolanda Nel - A foundation that takes care of vulnerable girls in Katutura received a much needed financial injection.

The Lidar Community Foundation that takes care of vulnerable girls, including some 60 pregnant teenagers, received N$420 500 from the German embassy that will be used for renovation, equipment and training measures.

According to Serley Khaxas, executive director of Lidar, they are overwhelmed by the support. “They are helping with the renovations and we couldn’t be more thankful,” she said told Windhoek Express.

The centre’s renovation entails equipping some rooms with furniture for consulting and study purposes, and one room that will be used as an emergency shelter to accommodate girls on a short-term basis.

New kitchen equipment will be purchased for baking and cooking courses offered on a regular basis.

In terms of training, the centre also often presents courses on sexual health as well as on nutrition, hygiene and disease prevention.

For vulnerable girls and young women, the centre provides a chance for a better quality of life. Through education and guidance, the foundation helps them to take control of their future while encouraging them to accept responsibility for their actions.

Khaxas said they currently have six live-in students who are busy preparing for their grade 10 and 12 exams. “Most don’t have running water or electricity at home, which makes studying, especially at night, very difficult,” she said.

The centre provides them with running water to wash themselves and electricity for them to study. “We want to make sure that they pass their grades,” she said.

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