NCC dreams of major facelifts of The President’s Village in 2019
While all of the orphanages in the country benefitted from a facelift in 2015, because of the size of the Institution, they residents of The President’s Village were not so lucky.
“Only two units were renovated and refurbished by the same foreign donor that same year,” clarified Mr. Jean-Claude Matombe, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Council for Children, which manage the Residential Care Home of which can cater for over 30 children.
4 houses of colonial style are still remnants of the founding days of The President’s Village and according to Mr. Matombe two of them are in dire need of renovation.
“The water tanks located in the ceiling are leaking, causing major fractures in the houses retaining wall,” he said.
Moreover, as the Residential Care Home is located next to a marsh area, the sewage system has been slowly filling up with water causing major malfunctions.
To add to this, in a recent storm, a big tree also fell on the fence at the back of the Village, leaving the place at the mercy of intruders. Needless to say, the management has still tried to keep the standard of living by closing up the laundry house and one of the houses, but Mr. Matombe adds that these should be temporary measures as there is a need to modernise the facility for other needy children in the country.
“The safety and security of our children is a priority to us which is why we hope with more support, through our CSR certificate, we can lobby for major renovation.”
Companies wishing to participate in this ambitious project can contact the National Council for Children, NCC on 4283900.