… While Food Bank also gets N$2.5m injection
By Confidente Reporter
Namsov Fishing Enterprises, through the Namsov Community Trust, has generously donated N$21 million to the Governors Regional Development Programme, to strengthen the country’s 14 regions under “a partnership for positive change”.
It has also donated N$2.5 million towards the Food Bank initiative, which was launched by President Hage Geingob last year.
The Food Bank initiative was created as an intervention method, which distributes food to families living in abject poverty.
The country’s first Food Bank was commissioned in Windhoek and is so far benefiting 80 000 Namibians, and with the Namsov assistance, the number is expected to increase by 14 000.
According to the government’s Harambee Prosperity Plan, which is a strategic blueprint aimed at leading Namibia out of poverty, and into economic prosperity and wealth, six more Food Bank branches will be rolled out countrywide over the Harambee period, which runs up to 2020.
“Namibia is our home; we drive her growth, and therefore, as a natural resources company, we are fully committed to developing vibrant and whole communities that must get opportunities to prosper. Leave no Namibian behind,” Namsov Chief Sustainability Officer, Tuna Willem, said.
“Namsov work’s hard to ensure that the value created directly benefits our communities, our government, our shareholders and our business.
“As a sign of our commitment, Namsov Fishing Enterprises invested N$ 2.5 million towards the Food Bank initiative,” Willem said.
While accepting the Namsov donation, as well as one of N$50 000 by Kandi Fishing (Pty) Ltd, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Minister, Zephania Kameeta, said these donations would go a long way in assisting those who are destitute.
The minister indicated that poverty is multifaceted and requires different interventions, in order to improve people’s lives.
Kameeta explained that the Food Bank is just a small part of what the ministry is doing, with other efforts including the recent drilling of boreholes at the Nehale Lya Mpingana Constituency in the Oshikoto region. He stressed that education remains key in the upliftment of Namibians out of poverty.
Commenting on the N$21.5 million donation to the Governors Regional Development Programme, Namsov said the relationship between it and the regional governors initiative dates to 2014.
“This funding support has been divided over a three-year period and spread equally across all regions in Namibia.
“The programme is a grassroots support initiative, in which Namsov harnesses the power of partnerships, by working through the regional governors’ offices and their constituencies,” Willem said.
Each region’s interventions are guided by a project and technical committee, which administrates the programme.
“These partnerships allow us to identify the need and role of each region. The purpose of the programme is to encourage the regional structures to identify their own needs, prioritise them and intervene at their point of need.
“This, in turn, builds capacity for social and economic development in the regions of Namibia. It is no longer enough for us as an organisation to do charitable work; we need to empower our constituencies to be able to understand social responsibility and engage on it as daily way of life,” Willem said.
She also announced that the company is proud of the success and impact the programme has had in the regions.
“This programme has become a powerful model of a public-private partnership, for socio-economic development.
“It allows us, as corporate citizens, to demonstrate the power of creating value and empowering our communities, by sharing this value as an example of sustainable development. It is imperative for both foreign and local corporate citizens, operating in Namibia, to recognise that we all play a critical part in Namibia’s environmental, social and economic ecosystems.”
Willem stressed that the programme is Namsov’s way of supporting the national war on poverty.
“This project remains a work in progress of partners that are working together to shape socio-economic development at grassroots level, in a relevant way.”
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