Marika Elago, a 22-year-old nursing science student at the Welwitschia Health Training Centre says she aims to establish an orphanage that will advantage teen mothers and vulnerable children once she becomes a qualified nurse.
She said this during the second edition of the Girls Talk event that took place at the Zoo Park recently, which attracted more than 30 young girls.
According to Elago, she initiated the event to create a platform for young people, in particular, young girls, to share their ideas on how best they can overcome different challenges they faced during the stage of puberty.
Elago, a northern born and self-motivated young lady pointed out that with the help of her newly established organization, Love Guide Us Charity, her dreams will be achieved as planned.
“Starting the organization, I have developed compassion and empathy to care for others,” said Elago, adding that her organization’s mission is to cater to vulnerable children and orphans by ensuring that their physical, psychological, and spiritual needs are well taken care of.
“Its vision is to see a change in the living condition, and particularly in the education status of all children,” explained Elago. What inspired her to start Love Guide US Charity and Girls Talk events is the way she was raised by her grandmother, who raised her with love and care. “As a student nurse, I also observed closely in the hospital the sufferings of orphan babies and less privileged mothers whose newborn babies do not have clothes to wear.”
She enlightens that this situation touched her heart and developed an idea to source out old clothes from friends and families.
“I came up with an idea to establish a charity that will cater to new mothers, who are less fortunate and cannot afford to clothe their babies,” explained Elago.
Elago further said this is to ensure that they seek donations and also to discuss various topics with young girls by organizing Girls Talks to educate themselves.
With the Girls Talks, they also intend to strengthen the girls’ network to help collect clothing items and toiletries as many as possible.
“This will ensure that no newborn baby will experience lack of clothing at birth. We will engage mothers in Windhoek to share with us old clothes that we will also donate to orphanages and vulnerable mothers,” she said.
So far, Love Guide Us Charity has collected and donated clothing items to more than three orphanages and has organized two Girls Talks in Windhoek.
“My appeal to the public is to let love guide us in everything we do. We need to become a caring society to ensure that no Namibian children, especially the less privileged and vulnerable ones, are underclothed. Most people are having clothes finishing space in their rooms. If these clothes, especially children’s clothes are donated, we will ensure that they are shared with the most deserving recipients,” she concluded.
Marika Elago wants to bring changes to the community.