A helping hand in Namibia
We recently received an email from one of our group leaders, Avril, who was leading our African Journey holiday. She informed us that the group had visited a small, voluntary run pre primary school near Rundu in Namibia. Our group very kindly donated locally bought toiletries, books, pencils and toys, which was very happily received by the children.
While the group were visiting the school, Avril learnt that children from the local village, aged between 4 and 6 years old, walk a round trip of up to 8 km a day with their teacher or parent to attend this small school, which helps prepare them for attending the state provided primary school when they are a little older.
The school was set up by a local man called Marcus, whose next plan is to buy a donkey and cart to take the smallest children to and from school. He is also thinking of offering visitors to the area rides in the cart to help raise money to offset the cost of keeping the donkey and for school supplies.
The cost of buying a donkey is quite high in Namibia so, wanting to help, Avril contacted Heart & Sole to see if we could contribute:
“I just wondered if Heart and Sole could buy them a donkey? The going rate for a fine specimen in Namibia is 1600 Namibian dollars which is around £100. The price has rocketed recently as the Chinese are buying them up to extract gelatine to add to products to make them look younger, so a double benefit…we help the children and save a donkey”
Of course Heart & Sole wanted to help! We have agreed to sponsor the cost of two donkeys and can’t wait to introduce the newest members of our family very soon.