Ann Sponberg Peterson writes:
I have always loved this quote from Mother Teresa. It seems to float into my life just when I need it and this summer it has been front and center in my mind. I mention this quote in visits … especially when the conversation turns to Empowering Learners and whenever the good news of the arrival of our sea containers gets mentioned.
Upon hearing of the two 40,000-pound containers, friends sort of blur their eyes and say something on the order of “good heavens … how many books did you say? And how far is the drive to the North?”
In addition to quoting Mother Teresa, I quite quickly add that nothing like this is done alone, or in isolation, but rather is accomplished in full partnership with hundreds of people of good will and with generous hearts over-flowing!
Last January when I was traveling with our Luther students in Namibia, I wrote about visiting the Josef Shifeta Primary School in Ongenga -- the childhood school of the Kafidi Family and where a new library and computer center will soon be established to honor our dear friend, Namupa Ndeshihafela (Kafidi) Nengola, Luther Class of 1998. I am pleased to report that the container designated, in part, for the Josef Shifeta Primary School has at long last reached its destination. (Readers may recall that this was a shared container of educational supplies that also happily benefitted our friends at the Oniipa Primary School.)
We celebrate – with all the learners and teachers – this development for the Josef Shifeta school. We are glad for this opportunity to partner with you. May these many books and computers and encyclopedias and maps serve you well!
Mrs. Teopolina Kayumbu is the exceptionally capable principal at Josef Shifeta Primary School and she is pictured here.
Mrs. Kayumbu – as I like to say – stands on the shoulders of a giant.
Mr. Festus Hauuanga was the long-time principal before Mrs. Kayumbu and when I met him in January, he very kindly reported that he was the principal in charge of the school when all of the Kafidi children studied there. Needless to say, the Kafidi children have all done well and each of them lives a life in service to others. Thank you, Lamek Kafidi (Director of the Ministry of Education for the Oshikoto Region and oldest child of the Kafidi Family), for taking this photo. Mr. Hauuanga, it is important to note, now serves as the head of the school council.
And these are just a few of the many learners that will benefit from the new books and computers once they are all unpacked and sorted. Use well young friends!
Nothing of this magnitude could be accomplished without the hundreds of gifts kindly given to Empowering Learners through the year. Gifts of all sizes are gratefully received and are put to immediate work to advance this project. On this special occasion your charitable support: helped to fill the sea containers with the additional items specially requested by Namibian school officials; helped to pay the necessary port fees; and helped to pay for the transportation of these massive sea containers as they were trucked thousands of kilometers across Namibia.
Thank you for enabling us to assist these dynamic and dedicated school leaders like Mrs. Kayumbu and Mr. Hauuange, and most especially the deserving learners we hold so dear.