Mammadu ­celebrates successes

03 September 2018 | Social Issues

“We are very proud that three of our older children have been accepted in some of the best private schools,” says Agnes Albrecht Röhm of the Mammadu Trust. “They are our best learners and passed the entrance examinations with flying colours.”

Given that Mammadu's main objective is to give children an academic education and a good all-round general upbringing, they are ecstatic about this news.

Other good news is that Namibian author Hertha Nekwaya has offered the proceeds of her new book, Courage wins, to Mammadu. “Almost all our kids who can already read, have read the book, laughing and crying as they went along,” she says.

They also have permission to turn the book into a musical and plan to perform it during their birthday celebration on 3 November.

Earlier this year the children at Mammadu were given the chance to share their wishes with regards to how the facilities could be made more attractive for them. One suggestion was that the teenagers have a separate place to eat as the existing tables and chairs are too small for them to use. Other ideas included creating a library, computer room, instruments, “and some mentioned that they would want to learn about gardening, cooking and nutrition”, Agnes said.

To make these wishes and others a reality, Mammadu is building once again. “We decided to build a dining hall with smaller and larger tables and chairs, as well as the desired facilities for our teenagers. Teens understandably have their own interests and needs, and since we have more and more teens every year it is important to further their interests,” she said.

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