Given insight into the plight of vulnerable and disabled children and believes that Namibia’s inequality status is keeping far too many children trapped in poverty, a group of young girls lead by Aily Ngalangi and Tuli Shatona made it a mission to share the little they can to empower women and girls in positions that are not favourable.
“Most of the children I’ve seen have Down syndrome and some don’t even have legs but what left me surprised was how there were not enough resources available to them to help the handicapped just be able to exist. Mee Aili, the caretaker who is clearly grasping at straws raising these children shows so much compassion, which is what we must emulate in Namibia. Mee Aili is in desperate need of assistance. She told me that there are many abandoned children in Namibia experiencing deep poverty but the councillors and mayor’s turn a blind eye,” she said.
The delegation handed over a collection of clothing and hopes to advocate and rally to help the orphanage out with renovating it to accommodate more vulnerable children.
“The experience was wholesome because it showed me a part of the disabled community which serves as the minority left to suffer. I saw children that could sing, laugh, cry and smile. I saw love in so many different ways in one day. I saw what I want to see for the future of Namibia for years to come,” they said.
The group in Rundu went to the dumpsite where many unfortunate members fo the community go to scavenge for food and clothing. Some are homeless as their parents died and had no one to take care of them, others had their spouses pass on and due to no children in the marriage, they were throw out of their marital homes.
“During the donation, we had a chance to speak to a few of the people, many of whom were school-going children. They said they go to the site every day, looking for food, clothing, old building materials they can use for makeshift shelters as well as items that they can sell at the market. Many of the children often skip school, most especially during the winter season, for they have no proper means to shield themselves from the cold. Having emptied two big boxes and a bag of clothing, they left the site just a little bit lighter,” said Ngalangi.
Ngalangi concluded by urging her fellow Namibians to be sensitive to the issue of infertility and women being unable to give birth. “That’s not a reason to make someone homeless. Dont be rude to someone you just meet even if they are homeless, it could be for various reasons that are not their fault but are natural.”