By Kakunawe Shinana
THE Oshikoto region launched the first ever Northern grassroots soccer initiative at Omuthiya last week on Wednesday. The ‘Northern Grassroots Soccer’ initiative is driven by AB InBev Namibia’s northern trust which is geared towards bringing communities together, giving the youth social skills to enable them to build healthy lifestyles and improve their communities. The project aims at targeting a population of approximately 70 000 people in five constituencies, namely Omuthiya, Onayena, Okatana, Elim and Outapi. AB InBev Manager for Legal and Corporate Affairs, Maija Lisa Hangala, said in the initial stages the initiative will reach about 1% of this population increasing to approximately 10% next year. Speaking at the launch, Governor of Oshikoto region, Henok Kankoshi, welcomed the initiative, describing it as a great gesture by AB InBev for Oshikoto as a region and a step in the right direction. “We trust that this programme will form the basis for present and future development of the communities and constituencies represented here today. It is no secret that sport has been used as a driver for community development the world over, and Namibia is not different. With high unemployment in our country, initiatives such as this can be used to address this matter, creating employment opportunities both on and off the field,” said Kankoshi. The Governor challenged participants to take advantage of the opportunity afforded them. Elaborating on the work that AB InBev Namibia does, Hangala said in a essence, the organisation is bringing people together for a better world. “We strive to be the best, pursuing our dream to improve the lives for more people in communities all over. We do this not only by brewing great beers which are enjoyed all over, but also through engagement in community development initiatives such as this,” she said.
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