It's that time again! The Gondwana Care Trust, with colleagues from various Gondwana departments and volunteers, is busy packing reusable bags and backpacks with stationery, colouring books, toys, cosmetics and non-perishable food items to bring joy to school children all over the country.
Today, the first bags of the Back-to-School Christmas Bag Project were handed over to children at Pinkenolsie School in Windhoek. Here, the caretaker and owner Sharon Putter and her assistants lovingly care for 20 children of different age groups with special needs. The excitement and joy were great, there were many warm hugs.
Thanks to the generous support from local partners and suppliers, the Gondwana Care Trust will distribute a total of 3244 school bags to children across the country, setting a new record in the seventh year of the school bag project. Further support for the project comes from generous guests of Gondwana lodges who can "buy" and donate a bag for a disadvantaged child throughout the year, or from customers of the online store, The Narrative Namibia.
The children who receive the bags belong to educational establishments and institutions that have been registered with the Gondwana Care Trust. Each child indicates his or her hobbies; according to each child's preferences, the bags are packed, labelled with their name, school, grade and a kind greeting note, and personally handed over to the children. As the Gondwana Care Trust supports projects throughout the country, colleagues at the Gondwana lodges are happy to take over handover services at schools in rural communities.
The bags are intended to bring joy to less privileged children at Christmas, help them start the new school year in January and encourage them to attend school.