By Confidente Reporter
THE Iiyaloo Women Group has donated N$13 000 to help the //Haib kindergarten in the //Karas region, which accommodates 35 learners.
The donation, which was handed over on 5 May, formed part of the Iiyaloo Women Group’s social corporate responsibility efforts, after they received fishing holder rights in 2011.
The //Haib community, which is situated in the Karasburg East Constituency, is among the constituencies with proclaimed settlements, including Warmbad, Ariamsvlei and Grunua.
The informal settlements are //Haib, Gabis, Satco, Wortel and Ubib.
Things have not been easy in //Haib, and the 44 families living there have faced an ongoing struggle to enrol their children for pre-primary education.
The kindergarten was established in 2010 and has since managed to enrol a few kids from the community, under very difficult circumstances. The last time it received significant assistance was in 2013, when the Ministry of Gender Equality Child Welfare did some improvements at the facility, but due to a lack of funding, the children do not have adequate teaching materials.
The N$13 000 from the Iiyaloo Women Group will be used to add other infrastructure, such as a veranda, a toilet, chairs and a table.
The money will also be used to acquire teaching materials.
Speaking at the occasion of the handover Karasburg East Constituency Councillor, Dennis Coetzee, said the donation came at the right time, as they have been waiting for a Good Samaritan to help alleviate poverty in the community.
“My plea to other bigger companies, whether it’s in fishing, mining or whatever sector: Please emulate the good example of the Iiyaloo Women Group. As you can see for yourself, we are still in a shortfall, in terms of other things, like ceilings for all rooms, burglar bars, toys, furniture and playground items.”
Speaking on behalf of the Iiyaloo Women Group, Lianah Böck, who is also hails from the region, said that fishing rights empowerment has been one of the privileges her company has received. “The company is in a joint venture with Kumwe Fishing, and they have been in partnership with Novanam fishing company. The company is a hake rights holder and entered into partnership with Novanam, thereby adding value to Namibian products.”
The //Haib resettlement was very happy to receive the donation. They were also ecstatic when Coetzee announced that the settlement will no longer be using the dreaded bucket toilet system, as it will receive 44 newly designed and assembled toilets.
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