Sanitation is a basic human need, which contributes to human dignity and quality of life.  For this reason, the MVA Fund through its Corporate Social Investment Policy donated a block of new ablution facilities at a cost of N$250,000

to the Mulumba Primary School in Katima Mulilo, Zambezi Region on 05 February 2020. The Fund deals with the plight of people with disabilities albeit as a result of motor vehicle crashes. Hence, these facilities are accessible by learners in wheelchairs.

During the official handover ceremony, His Worship Honourable Charles Matengu, Mayor of Katima Mulilo affirmed that the noble gesture by the Fund will go a long way in ensuring the learners at the school have access to clean and hygienic ablution facilities. Honourable Matengu further asserted that the ablution facilities will not only bring about an improvement in health but will also boost the dignity and safety of learners.

“At the heart of the MVA Fund culture lies an uncompromising commitment to uplift the Namibian society, with the main goal to ensure that we deliver on tangible and long-lasting benefits to our communities.  This conviction has led to the Fund’s drive to establish legacy projects and one such project is the construction of ablution facilities for the Mulumba Primary School,” alluded Rosalia Martins-Hausiku, the MVA Fund Chief Executive Officer.

The newly built ablution facilities, aim to improve sanitation and hygiene, increase educational performance, reduce absenteeism, and improve retention on both teachers and learners at the school. Martins-Hausiku further urged the school authority to guard against vandalism and to promote cleanliness of the facilities so they benefit more learners in the years to come.

Presenting the keynote address on behalf of Honorable Lawrence Alufea Sampofu, Governor of Zambezi region, Special Advisor Ignatius Nkunga expressed his gratitude toward the Fund’s noble gesture. “The new ablution facility reaches beyond the bricks and mortar of water and sanitation. These will spare hundreds of learners and future generations of the indignity of using the bush, and compromised health,” stated Nkunga.

Furthermore, Linus Simasiku, the Principal of Mulumba Primary School appreciated the gesture by saying: “Thank you MVA Fund, for helping us win our war against open defecation.”

The Fund will continue to embrace the notion of inclusivity by improving the living condition of all Namibians.  As such, the Fund undertakes to extend a helping hand to more communities, especially those in marginalized areas, through its Corporate Social Investment Policy.