Assisting vulnerable kids
More than 150 children have been assisted with a meal thus far.
23 June 2020 | Local News
Anastascia de Klerk; NamSTEM; “We are planning to host more feeding schemes to assist children in the community…”
Namibia Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (NamSTEM) is establishing another project to assist vulnerable children in Narraville, Walvis Bay.
Anastascia de Klerk, founder of NamSTEM – an educational organisation aimed at promoting the subjects of science, technology and mathematics amongst children – says it is evident that some members of the community are hard hit by the Covid-19 related restrictions that were put in place to curb the spread of the virus.
“NamSTEM has been dormant this entire time since we usually work with schools, but they are closed now. We came up with the idea of a feeding scheme to assist vulnerable children in our immediate community, which is Narraville, and intend to expand to other suburbs in Walvis Bay depending on sponsorships in due course.”
De Klerk said that the response received in terms of sponsorship from the local business community was great.
“We placed our request for sponsorships on Facebook and sent WhatsApp texts to a few people we know. People did not hesitate and the first round of donations was enough to cover our first outreach to the children.”
The number of children assisted thus far increased steadily and has reached 150.
During the first feeding scheme, NamSTEM assisted about 40 children with something to eat, as well as a small packet which contained a bar of soap, a toothbrush and an activity booklet.
“The list keeps growing. We are now feeding children every day. The booklet and arts-related activity inside the packet is to keep the children busy and off the streets since we are on lockdown. The arts activity involves a competition to generate more interest.”