EVERY child with a disability has strengths.
Ali Shilongo, 66, who has taken on the task of caring for 25 children with disabilities, has demonstrated this.
Some of them require constant care, such as feeding and bathing, as well as daylong supervision because they are unable to walk or communicate.
Shilongo runs the Dr. Frans Aupa Indongo Special Care Centre in Okandjengedi, in the Oshakati area, and has managed to prove that every child is special in their own way.
When Informanté arrived at the centre on Tuesday, the young children were busy drawing and writing numbers in a room that had been converted into a classroom.
As the anticipated contributors from the Nampol Women’s Network in Oshana and Pick n Pay Ongwediva arrived for their event, the children started murmuring with excitement.
The team donated toys, groceries, and costumes valued at N$6000 to the centre.
Inspector Beverley Nawases, the commander of the NamPol unit, said that as part of their effort to support members of the community as mothers in the force, they recognized the need to provide the centre with whatever assistance they could.
As a result, they collaborated with Pick n Pay Ongwediva to help the centre with essential goods.
Muhau Tsuses, Pick n Pay Store Manager, said that they were pleased to be part of this great initiative to help the little ones.
Shilongo expressed her gratitude for the assistance rendered to them by the NamPol Women’s Network in Oshana and Pick n Pay.
On her part, Shilongo mentioned that the centre has additional needs, and the donated items will go a long way for them.
“We used to have 42 children; however, due to the outbreak of coronavirus, the number has decreased to 25,” she said.
Shilongo expressed her thanks for the assistance provided by the NamPol Women’s Network in Oshana and Pick n Pay.