OEWONA receives financial boost

25 Jul 2013 09:30
WINDHOEK, 25 JUL (NAMPA) – The Organisation for the Empowerment of Widows/Widowers and Orphans of HIV/AIDS in Namibia (OEWONA) on Thursday received a financial boost of N.dollars 100 000 from Namibia Marine Phosphate (Pty) Limited (NMP).
The money was collected last November through a fundraising event held at the Old State House in the capital, of which NMP was the main sponsor.
Receiving the donation, Namibian First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba thanked the company, saying the donation will make a difference in the lives of those who are assisted by OEWONA.
Pohamba, who is the founding member and patron of OEWONA, told the donors that her organisation had received a piece of land at Otavi in the Otjozondjupa Region, donated by Good Samaritans, while another Samaritan this year ploughed that land and donated seeds.
However, due to the effect of the ongoing drought this year, there was no harvest.
“Therefore, we want to put up an irrigation system at that farm so that in case there is no rain, we can still harvest something,” she noted.
Pohamba then assured the sponsor that they will be informed on how the funds were used.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Chief Executive Officer of Namibia Marine Phosphate, Barnabas Uugwanga said the aim of the donation is to make a difference in the lives of those supported through OEWONA.
“The OEWONA vision, which is to improve the living standards of those affected by HIV/AIDS by facilitating access to better nutrition, is in line with NMP’s plans to ensure that Namibia becomes food self-reliant, and hence better nutrition for the Namibian nation,” he stated.
He also urged citizens to participate in various fundraising activities aimed at supporting charitable organisations in order to ensure that they empower such organisations to fulfill their objectives.