Maltas volunteer in Havana

24 October 2019 | Social Issues

Since the inception of Maltas Club Namibia, volunteerism has always been at the forefront with students engaging with various outreach programmes on an annual basis.
Two years ago club members, through their networking efforts, learned that communities in Havana suffer due to the high number of people relocating here from rural areas.
The best way for the club assist, is by volunteering which is done in partnership with Come Namibia Photographers, who are instrumental in educating the community on issues of public health and hygiene.
According to Maltas chairman Daniel Ileni Itenge, students are eager to help others, which also has an impact on their wellbeing.
“Volunteerism is a way through which I try to heal my soul, and without a doubt my self-confidence and self-esteem has improved tremendously,” says Karu Njarakana, Maltas’ Community Development Manager for 2019.
For the project in Havana, the club has engaged numerous projects including basic community literacy training, quarterly visits and the donation of shoes. The latest project which was successfully completed last week, is a donation of clothing.
This last visit was embraced by Hon. Elifas Dingara, a member of the National Assembly, who spoke at length about the gap and disconnect between leaders and those at grassroots level.
However, impoverished communities like those in Havana, can ease their situation if they are taught how to produce food at their homes. One example is the recycling garden of Fillipus Sabwaya, who is also a community leader. Instead of planting flowers, he planted food that he distributes amongst the community of Havana. He also received the clothes on behalf of his community.
Dr Wilfred April, the founder of Maltas, urges Namibians to donate food, clothing and stationery to the most vulnerable communities like those living in Havana, not only through churches but through various avenues so that everyone in need is taken care of.
April said that the benefits of volunteerism should not be underestimated as it leads to better health, greater functional ability and lower rates of depression later in life compared to those who don’t help.

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