Timotheos Foundation, a charity organisation that helps needy children, has warned beneficiaries of its Namitambo Child Care Centre in Chiradzulu that they will not be allowed at the centre if they do not go to school.
The foundation’s financial director Wim Akster issued the warning on Tuesday at the official opening of the centre situated in Traditional Authority (T/A) Nkalo’s area in the district.
He said the objective of the centre is to fight malnutrition and offer supplementary education to children in the area.
Said Akster: “I know many children do not go to school, but only come to the centre to eat. We are building a future and not a generation that is dependent forever. So, no school, no food.
“We have qualified personnel who are ready to groom you into responsible citizens. Timotheos will not be here forever. For the adults, think of how you will sustain this facility the moment we say goodbye to reach others.”
NGO Board chairperson Abigail Dzimadzi hailed Timotheos Foundation for selecting Namitambo, as the site for the centre.
She said such centres complement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) underlying principle of fighting poverty for all.
Said Dzimadzi: “It has been observed that some countries are not developing because part of their generations is left behind [in development].
“With SDGs, the world wants no one left behind such that what we do today solves the future problems. I am happy that Timotheos Foundation is ensuring that all children are in school.”
Apart from the centre, which is open to all children in the community, the foundation has foster homes where orphans are accommodated in existing families. They get support from the foundation and stand an opportunity to be educated to university level.