Penduka should remember TIKA: McLeod-Katjirua

17 Dec 2014 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 17 DEC (NAMPA) – The women at Penduka lack managerial skills, and training will enable them to be more business-minded, the Penduka Board chairperson, Selma Imene-Schutt says.
“Women at Penduka believe in helping themselves, and just need support to do just that,” she said during the handing over of equipment worth N.dollars 340 000 to the organisation by the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA).
The equipment includes two computers, 17 mattresses, 20 tables, 60 chairs, kitchen equipment, water filters, fruit trees and three pedal canoe boats.
Imene-Schutt said Penduka women are in possession of technical knowledge, and portray hard work in their daily activities.
Penduka is a non-governmental organisation assisting Namibian women to empower themselves.
Its centre is on the western banks of the Goreangab Dam, and has about 300 female staff members, of whom 20 per cent live with disabilities.
Apart from making and selling hand-embroided linen, glass bead jewellery and grass baskets, the centre also offers accommodation facilities and a restaurant.
Penduka was founded in 1992, and the name means “Wake Up!” in the OshiWambo and OtjiHerero languages.
Also speaking at the event, Khomas regional governor, Laura McLeod-Katjirua said the women at Penduka should use the equipment to improve themselves.
“No words can actually describe the overwhelming feeling we at Penduka are experiencing today,” she said in relation to the donation.
McLeod-Katjirua urged the employees to make sure they always remember TIKA.