08 Jun 2014 11:20am
WINDHOEK, 08 JUN (NAMPA) The Hifikepunye Pohamba (HP) Foundation was launched in Windhoek on Saturday night.
Speaking at the event, President Hifikepunye Pohamba noted that the basic needs for peoples everyday existence are not being met despite laudable intervention by government and its social partners.
Although the needs of our people are great, and the resource gap remains wide, we should be courageous to step forward and join hands with government and its social partners to make it possible for more young Namibians to realise their goals. Through the foundation, we aim to do our part as citizens to contribute to the process of nation-building and empowerment of young Namibians through education, he stressed.
Individuals, members of the private sector, government ministries, offices and agencies pledged more than N.dollars 5 million to the foundation at the event.
The foundation will provide financial assistance to talented and committed young Namibians who wish to pursue studies in specific disciplines, especially in agricultural sciences and related fields. This is because the area of food production is close to his heart, the Head of State said.
Pohamba raised the concern that the shortage of food is a big problem in Namibia, especially during periods of drought. Namibia however has sufficient land and water to produce enough food locally through green scheme projects and subsistence farming, therefore, more young people need training in the fields of agriculture in order to make Namibia self-sufficient in food production. This is one area where the foundation will be making a contribution, according to the President.
He gave a brief overview of the foundation, noting that it was proceeded by the Presidents Charity Fund.
The fund was established in 2012 after Pohamba urged corporate entities and individuals to rather use the money spent on advertisements in local media to congratulate him on his birthday for more charitable causes.
The fund has assisted dozens of young people by providing financial support as well as educational and learning materials to several schools in the country.
This is indeed a promising start which gives us reason for hope that this foundation will bring joy and happiness to many young people in Namibia in the coming years. I trust that by working together, the seed that we have planted in the form of the foundation will grow from strength to strength and make valuable contributions to the education and training of more young Namibians, he added.
Amongst other pledges, Prime Minister Hage Geingob on behalf of the Office of the Prime Minister donated N.dollars 100 000; former President Sam Nujoma pledged N.dollars 5 000; NamibRe donated N.dollars 25 000; the Erongo Regional Council pledged N.dollars 70 000, and Pohamba himself donated N.dollars 10 000.