Education is the foundation for propelling the next generation into a flourishing future and the launching pad for the future prosperity of a country and its people.
“When we received an initial request to build additional pit latrines for the Elamba Mixed School, we naturally agreed as we believe that a conducive learning environment is vital for our children to thrive” , said Stella Auala-Ipinge, communications manager for Debmarine Namibia, during the official handover. sanitation facilities on Tuesday at Otsandi village in Omusati region.
The new sanitation facilities at Elamba Co-ed School have flush toilets, each in its own cabin and separated by gender, and sinks.
The whole project cost N$500,000.
“The installations we deliver today are not a pit latrine system. We studied the needs of the school, hired professionals in the field and concluded that an ablution installation with a French drain would be ideal” , she explained.
The new permanent ablution facilities will improve health and hygiene standards at the school, enabling learners and teachers to have a better learning environment as access to basic health and safe sanitation is fundamental.
“As Debmarine Namibia, we spend over N$6 million annually on social investments (sponsorships) for various socio-economic development needs that benefit young Namibians. But we know that our efforts, and those of the government, along with other private enterprises, are not enough to eradicate the challenges we face,” Auala-Ipinge said.
She added that at Debmarine Namibia, they are committed to partnering for thriving communities, protecting the natural world, creating equal access and opportunities for young people and cultural heritage, among others.
“Education, health, well-being and livelihoods are some of the key elements of partnering with communities, where we show our commitment,” she noted.
For her part, Omusati’s Deputy Director of Education, Sophia Ashipala, called the donation and handover of the ablution facilities a “commendable achievement” and expressed her gratitude to Debmarine Namibia for their “generosity and most great care for the Namibian child”.