By Maria Kandjungu
THE Dairy Producers Association (DPA) through the Goodwill 2017 project launched last year, has recorded a donation of 8 982 liters to about 400 beneficiaries.
The initiative consisted of 16 producers who distributed the milk over a period of 12 months.
In 2016 the association committed to support government’s food bank initiative, and pledged 0.5 liters of milk of every 1 000 litres produced.
The project is said to have enriched the lives of less privileged Namibians, mostly children.
Beneficiaries of the Goodwill 2017 include: Huis Maerua; Dagbreek School; Side-by-Side; Môreson School; Dordabis Pre-primary School; Kiddies Kingdom, and Early Intervention Community Support (El-Landri Trust).
During the December school holiday, the Katutura Old Age Home, Oude Rust Ouetehuis, Hope Village, KoekoesAgenbach (helpendehande) and Meals on Wheels also benefitted from the project.
Local milk producer and Manager of Commodities at the Namibia Agricultural Union (NAU), Harald Marggraff, expressed gratitude with manner in which the project is successfully completed.
“We were proud to be a part of this initiative, and to make a difference in the lives of those that benefitted from this project. The DPA is also impressed and inspired by the producers’ decision and commitment to such a worthy cause,” Marggraff said. The project was administered by the NAU in collaboration with Namibia Dairies and provided UHT 1litre cartons, delivered on a monthly basis by Namibia Dairies to the NAU, from where the distribution to the identified organizations was managed.
The NAU was the overseer of the distribution and did the necessary checks to ensure that the milk reaches the end user while Namibia Dairies was responsible for making sure the donations were accumulated from all committed producers in a manner that is best administratively possible.
Namibia Dairies Director of Agri-Business, Borney Britz said that apart from the company’s annual commitment to, amongst others, they provide one-month supply of milk to selected schools in celebration of Milk Month every year in June.
The company also contributes towards the upliftment of the lives of those less privileged, especially the less privileged children in the country.
“I, together with the entire Namibia Dairies team are extremely proud and happy that we could be part of this impactful commitment by Namibian milk producers. Initiatives like this inspire me, and give us all hope for a better future. Enriching the lives of the less privileged speaks directly to the O&L purpose of ‘Creating a future, enhancing life” Britz said.
At the next annual DPA members meeting, the committee will decide on the future of the Goodwill project.
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