Adopt-a-School initiative making strides in improving school attendance

Seawork Cares, in collaboration with FNB Namibia, continues to dramatically boost school attendance at primary schools in the Kunene, Karas, and Kavango East regions by delivering daily healthy lunches to over 860 impoverished children through its Adopt-a-School campaign.

The initiative intends to improve education in Namibia by giving a nutritious lunch to impoverished students, by so doing, increase school attendance and, ultimately, enhancing academic performance by allowing them to concentrate on their studies without worrying about where their next meal will come from.

To date, FNB has committed N$450 000 towards the initiative.

FirstRand Group Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Manager, Revonia Job emphasised the importance of keeping children in school by providing them with the tools they need to succeed.

Job encouraged corporates to make a real difference in the lives of communities through partnerships with non-profit organisations such as Seawork Cares.

“Food insecurity is one of the most significant challenges that underprivileged students face in our society, and it frequently impedes their academic progress.” “The FirstRand Foundation believes in giving children a fair chance to succeed in their academic journeys, so this partnership is critical for us to do just that,” she said.

“Thanks to the significant donation and partnership with FNB, Seawork Cares was able to expand its efforts in August 2022 by adding three more schools to the Adopt-a-School initiative. This expansion represents a remarkable milestone in our mission to uplift communities and provide better opportunities for children in need,” Seawork Cares Project Coordinator Annie Theron said.

She added that the community’s response to the Adopt-a-School program has been overwhelmingly positive, with teachers, parents, and students expressing gratitude for the support received. The initiative continues to not only nourish the bodies of the beneficiaries but also their hopes and aspirations.

“Seawork Cares is driven by a deep commitment to shaping a brighter future, and we firmly believe that by working together, we can make a positive impact. Our mission is rooted in the understanding that a simple act, such as providing a good meal, can yield incredible results. We firmly believe that education is the great equaliser, granting those less fortunate the chance to pursue their dreams and transform their lives” Theron said.

Seawork Cares is a non-profit initiative established to support and assist Namibia’s most vulnerable individuals and to provide those in need with the resources to build a brighter future. Forming part of Seawork Cares, the Adopt-a-School initiative aims to provide nutritious meals to underprivileged primary school children residing in remote rural areas of the country, enabling them to focus on their education and offering relief from food insecurity. Seawork Cares launched the Adopt-a-School Initiative in March 2019, initially providing support to two schools: Marmer Primary School and Cocoma Junior Primary