Walvis Bay Salt Refiners brings sunshine to differently abled

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WALVIS BAY – FOR over a decade, Walvis Bay Salt Refiners (WBSR) has been looking after the daily needs of the mentally and physically disabled adults and children who attend the local Sunshine Centre.

The company funds the transport of the 108 vulnerable individuals, ranging in age from babies to octogenarians, and centre staff to and from their homes every day.

Most come from impoverished home environments and the meals and physical and psychological therapy they receive at the centre would be impossible without the non-profit organisation’s help.

According to WBSR human resources manager Brumilda Britz, the Sunshine Centre focuses on the developmental needs of the differently abled and it is this holistic focus that is the bedrock of their long-term partnership with WBSR.

“Over the past 10 years, we have really seen the impact that the centre has had. We’ve seen para-athletes like Johanna Benson become Olympic medallists and one of our artists’ works exhibited in a national gallery,” said Britz.

“On a simpler level, the centre provides care and a place of safety for children with disabilities while their parents, who cannot afford childcare, are at work. In addition, the centre helps prepare those children who are able for mainstream schooling.”

Britz said the centre also offered vocational training in woodworking, beading and other handcrafts, and raised much-needed funds through the sale of vegetables and bread from its gardening and bakery projects.

“For us, it’s important that we not simply give a hand-out but really engage with the centre to find out more about their needs and assist in meeting them.”

She said the company was considering further options such as providing real-world work experience at the WBSR plant for beneficiaries involved in the centre’s plumbing training programme.

“There is very little support for differently abled people in the Walvis Bay region and as a major player in the local business community, we believe it is incredibly important to support the vital work that the Sunshine Centre does.

“They have assisted thousands of vulnerable residents over the past 22 years and we are proud to be a part of that,” said Britz.

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