On 14, December 2020, The Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC) committed 5.7 million to the financially-struggling Hope Village, a Windhoek-based home for about 97 orphans, children infected and/or affected with HIV/AIDS and abandoned children.
Speaking during the pledging in Windhoek, MTC’s Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer, Tim Ekandjo said that apart from the monetary support, MTC Ambassadors, through the MTC Care program also commits in-kind assistance to the village.
“We do not only commit the finances but also the love of every MTC Ambassador and I am happy to say that the MTC Care Team will, on a monthly basis be coming here and render any required assistance, because we understand that spending time with children is more important than spending money on children,” Ekandjo said
Hope Village was founded in 2005 to help make a difference in the lives of children who are affected by HIV, who have lost one or both parents and those that are abandoned by their families. By giving the children shelter, the home has been able to give many in-need children access to education, mentorship, and life-saving medical treatment.
Hope Village which normally survives on donations had a tough year as far as finances are concerned, and it was on the brink of closing. The village has 12 full-time ‘parents’ looking after about 97 children. Currently, the village has 5 homes: a baby house, toddler house, boys’ house, girls’ house, and halfway house for young tertiary students.
This donation was accepted on behalf of Hope Village by Marietjie De Klerk, a pastor at the village who expressed her gratefulness to MTC for this commitment which came at the crucial time when the home was ready to send the children to the streets due to financial difficulties it is undergoing.
“MTC’s help has lifted a huge burden on our shoulders. With this generous gesture, we will be able to cover all the operational costs of the village and continue to lift these kids up both physically, mentally, and educationally. We want to reintegrate them into society and see them become responsible adults.” Pastor De Klerk said with praise.
(Source: MTC- Press release)