Cashbuild Makes Improvements Possible For Eight Schools In Ondangwa – Namibia

Eight schools in Ondangwa, Namibia were the lucky winners of the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition. The schools each received a Cashbuild building material voucher to the value of N$15 000 at the Cashbuild Ondangwa Relocation Store Opening Ceremony which took place on the 25th April 2018. General repairs and a vegetable garden were some of the few upgrades for which the school principals suggested they would use their Cashbuild vouchers.

Shinime Shivula Primary, Otala Combined and Olukolo Primary schools were three of the eight schools which each received a Cashbuild building material voucher to the value of N$15 000.

A delighted Ms Toini Petrus from Olukolo Primary School said:  “Wow, I was so excited to hear the news that our school had won a Cashbuild voucher to the value of N$15 000. We are going to use this voucher to create a vegetable garden for the learners to work in.  We have been planning this for a long time and now finally it can become a reality.  Thank you Cashbuild for helping us and so many others, keep it up.”

Otala Combined School’s principal, Mr Kansius Sheyanale said he would use the voucher to do general repairs, painting and improvements to the school structure.  “We greatly appreciate the contribution from Cashbuild to help us make these improvements.”

At the official Cashbuild Relocation Opening Ceremony on the 25th April 2018, when the building material vouchers totaling N$120 000 were handed out to the eight winning schools, the children entertained everyone with singing, cultural dances and theatrical performances.

The Cashbuild Art-at-Heart competition entails learners from each school to submit their best artwork to Cashbuild. This artwork is displayed at the ceremony, and remains on display in the Cashbuild store for the next six years.

Artwork was judged and three winners from each school were named. Winners received Cashbuild Art-at-Heart gold, silver and bronze certificates for first, second and third place respectively. The Manager’s Choice award was judged and presented to a learner from Akuniihole Primary School who was the overall winner of the artwork competition.  This award was announced on the day and the winner received a stationery pack and a glass trophy. The winner was also given the honour of officially opening the relocated Cashbuild store.

The schools that benefitted from the Cashbuild Art-at-Heart donations were:

  1. Akuniihole Primary School
  2. Omwandigwelago Primary School
  3. Shinime Shivula Primary School
  4. Otala Combined School
  5. Amunganda Combined School
  6. Iindangungu Combined School
  7. Ehangano Primary School
  8. Olukolo Primary School


Since the Art-at-Heart campaign was launched 17 years ago, Cashbuild has helped more than 2 900 schools in Southern Africa with over R36-million worth of building materials. Cashbuild is BEE compliant and every time a store is opened, relocated or refurbished, Cashbuild not only makes donations to local schools, but also creates jobs for community members.

The Art-at-Heart competition is a southern African Cashbuild initiative whereby donations are made to some of the region’s most needy schools.

Issued on behalf of Cashbuild’s Art-At-Heart