Investment firm RisCura has pledged N$58 000 to Mainstream Foundation in support of Early Childhood Development (ECD) in Namibia.
Through donations like these, Mainstream Foundation improves the lives of children with disabilities by providing them with the tools to better integrate into society. The organisation is based in Namibia’s Zambezi region and serves some of the poorest communities in and around Katima Mulilo.
In August 2017 Namibian Education, Arts and Culture Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa reportedly revealed that 87% of children with disabilities, up to age four years, have never attended ECD programmes.
“RisCura recognised the lack of funding for facilities that provide early childhood education in Namibia. Providing education at an early stage of a child’s life is an important building block for their future academic development and performance, and one of the pillars of our corporate social responsibility approach. We are therefore pleased to support Mainstream Foundation in their effort to provide early childhood education to children with disabilities, who often have less access to education when compared to able bodied children. This donation is in addition to our support for the Eat, Play, Love national campaign on ECD, which is being run by the Office of the First Lady, UNICEF and the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare,” says Loth Angula, RisCura in Namibia Director.
RisCura’s donation will ensure that the organisation is able to pay for two caregivers and purchase educational material for the children assisted by the organisation.
“RisCura’s support to Mainstream Foundation has really come at the right time of need and it will indeed make a difference. We are grateful for RisCura’s generosity, trust and most importantly to our mission. On behalf of the Mainstream Foundation and board we would like to thank them for their generous donation and best wishes for the good work,” says Sylvia Chidunka, Mainstream Foundation Founding Director.