Sharing the Joy of Christmas


The Association of Diplomatic Spouses (ADS) in Namibia held its second Christmas Party at the Oprah Creche, Ongava Street, Katutura, on Friday, 23 November 2012.
The Oprah Creche is a day-care cum kindergarten initiated by the ADS, and managed by Mrs. Veronika Shindoma.  Currently there are 83 children (38 boys and 45 gilrs) at the creche, with ages ranging from 3 years to 11 years old.
The ADS brought cake, cordial, and presents for the children.  There was an additional surprise from Mrs. Fadila Kara who brought a big bag of sweets donated by grade 7 students at the Windhoek International School.
The children dessed up for the occasion and greeted the ADS with songs.  the atmosphere was full of joy and laughter as Mrs. Anne Gitau led the children and ADS members to sing "If you're happy and you know it clap your hands..."
After enjoying the cake, sweets and cordial, came the moment the children were waiting for. ADS's Santa Claus, Mr. Joao Almeida Pires, handed out presents to the children who received them with a big smile on their faces.
Though the contents of the presents were modest (a toy, toiletries, sweets and savoury snack), Oky Indrawanto, Indonesian Embassy staff who came along to help, commented that he'd never seen so much joy from a child to receive a toy ball.
A group photo ended the ADS Christmas Party at the Oprah Creche.
The first ADS Christmas Party was at Pediatric ward of the Katutura State Hospital on Friday, 16 November 2012, from 10:00 am 12:00 am where ADS members worked hand in hand bringing happiness to 68 boys and 64 girls in the Pediatric ward.
Matron Claudia Kambonde, Head of the Pediatric Ward, thanked the ADS for their continued attention and support to the Pediatric ward of Katutura State Hospital. She said that the Christmas party brought joy and uplifted the spirits of the sick children, bringing smiles all around.
After the success of both Christmas Parties and seeing the joy from the children, the ADS is more determined to raise more funds next year so that more children could be embraced to share the joy of Christmas, said Mrs. Tri Astuti Sumartono, spouse of the Indonesian Ambassador to Namibia who is currently the President of the ADS.  (Source: Indonesian Embassy, Windhoek)