Winner spends prize money on orphans

By Michael Uugwanga

A 33-year-old woman from Okahandja, Paulina Shapwanale, generously donated her Facebook competition prize money by hosting a party for children at Christ’s Hope International Ark centre in Okahandja at the weekend.

“There was a competition running on Facebook from a kiddies’ party event planner and I won. I won N$2 400 and I had to add extra money from my own pocket to buy Nik Naks, cooldrink, a big cake and lollipops.  I decided to donate the money to these kids in form of a party.

“Forty-eight kids in total were in attendance. The caretakers at Christ’s Hope International also put together some foodstuffs for the kids. Kids were singing and doing fun activities,” said Shapwanale, adding that Covid-19 regulations were followed during the celebration.

Shapwanale plans on holding more parties for kids in the town, if funds are available, and is therefore urging businesspeople and the entire community of Okahandja to support such an initiative.

“This was the first time we held something like this and my hope is to come up with an initiative that would benefit (all) the children,” she said.

Christ’s Hope International is dedicated to caring for HIV/AIDS-affected orphans and other vulnerable children, and it caters for more than 1 500 children.

Christ’s Hope International use a comprehensive model that focuses on meeting educational, physical, social, spiritual and emotional needs to ensure that it is effectively battling the cycle of AIDS and poverty.