A 12-year-old girl who hails from Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region and owns Shambe‘s Book Club is touching hearts of vulnerable kids to inspire them to get into the culture of reading.
Shambekela Shaduka said she took this initiative last year in January to encourage her peers to read and to give back to the community.
The club has 40 children as members and even has branches in Windhoek, Otjiwarongo and Karibib with the young Shambekela dreaming to expend to other towns in Namibia.
Shambekela said that the aim of the book club is to educate children about the importance of reading books and visiting libraries regularly and to promote improved reading and learning skills for elementary school children.
“Our dream has always been to give back to the community and make a change in every Namibian child’s life. To provide enriching and rewarding volunteering opportunities to bring the successful reading club program to other elementary schools communities,” she said.
On 27 July club members visited the Prayer House of God Ministry Orphanage where they fed over 85 less fortunate children. They donated books, clothes, blankets, cosmetics and food.
Prayer House of God Ministry Orphanage cares for 19 children aged 1 to 15 years, including a one-year-old malnourished boy abandoned by his mother, a 10-year-old boy with water on his brain, and a 13-year-old paralyzed girl.
The orphanage is run by Pastor Elia and his wife. The couple has no funding and lives of donations and assistance from the community.
“We had so much fun during the visit. We had Micky Mouse and Spiderman mascots playing with the kids, jumping castles and go-cart racing. This was a memorable day for every child that attended.”
Apart from all the hardship these kids endure, they were the happiest and nothing can take away their pretty smiles.