University students start foundation for orphans

By Tracy Tafirenyika

FOUR students from the University of Namibia (UNAM), the Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST) as well as the International University of Management (IUM) have established the future of hope foundation for orphans and vulnerable children targeting informal settlement of Babylon, Havana and One Nation.

In an interview with Confidente this week, four of the founders namely Ismael Kambonde, Eliakim Silvanus, Beata Ashikun and Samuel Shimunigeni explained the aims of the organization stating that, it intends to assist and support orphans and less privileged children in these three areas.

“We founded the organization to spread love to the less fortunate Namibian children. The foundation is new having been founded in 2019 and began to operate in January 2020,” explained the students.

Kambonde further added that they were driven by passion to commence the foundation.

“As far as I can recall, my love for caring dates back to primary school when l was very youthful. I used to volunteer myself to help out with washing or motivating children in the less privileged community.

“Our organization is a non-profit organization but we have so far received N$8000 food vouchers from Bank Windhoek and from Nampower to help execute our N$2 million fundraising project which started on August 1 and will run until November 30 2021,” he explained to Confidente.

Kambonde furthermore highlighted their main challenges saying that, “The organization is being mainly headed by students and we are currently faced with financial challenges due to a lack of donors.”