06 Jul 2013 04:40
WI NDHOEK, 06 JUL (NAMPA) - More than 20 homeless and destitute people received food, clothing and blankets from the Khomas Homeless Development Organisation (KHDO) here on Saturday.
The items are worth N.dollars 20 000, and were handed over to the needy people on a chilly Saturday morning in front of the Magistrate?s Court Office by one of the country's well-known judges, Elton Hoff.
?How often do we, who have houses, jobs and a regular income, pass by these people without these basic necessities with judgment in our hearts,? questioned Hoff, the KHDO patron.
?So often we forget that many of our homeless people do try to make a living. You will find them in our parking lots asking if they can clean your car, or watch over your car while you can continue about your business with peace of mind,? he stated.
Hoff indicated that one way of making sure that citizens have peace in the country, is to address the needs of the people.
The homeless situation in Namibia is not a very encouraging statistic, he said worryingly.
The 25 homeless people who received the donated blankets are registered with the KHDO - a non-profitable organisation established to provide needy people with the necessary skills and training to become empowered, self-sufficient and independent individuals to reduce poverty.
The founder of the organisation, Charles William Sawyers, who was homeless himself at some point, said the aim of the organisation is to uplift the living standards of people living in the streets by reconnecting them with churches and families, and to improve their spiritual lives.
?Meeting the food needs of the poor and the homeless is one way that will be used to uplift their living standards,? he stated.