Swapo's Food Bank benefits the needy in Keetmanshoop

13 Aug 2013 09:40
KEETMANSHOOP, 13 AUG (NAMPA) – Two needy people from Keetmanshoop on Friday each received a corrugated iron-sheet house through the Food Bank initiated by the Swapo-Party regional office here.
Swapo’s southern regional leaders last month decided to implement Prime Minister Hage Geingob’s Food Bank idea, and urged all Namibian citizens to donate food and other useful resources for needy people.
Geingob’s idea of a Food Bank is aimed at helping impoverished Namibians, especially those who scavenge for food at dumpsites.
One beneficiary, Lena Goliath, previously stayed at the Keetmanshoop dumpsite due to a lack of housing. She had been allocated an erf by the town’s municipality in May last year already, but had no materials to build a house.
Asked how she feels now about her new shelter, Goliath briefly said “I am very happy to receive a house”.
The other beneficiary, Hendrik Boys, used to share a tiny shack with his sister Rebecca Boys and niece Nicolene Boys.
Responding to the Swapo-Party’s call to help poor people, the Managing Director of New Phase Trading, John Shidhika donated corrugated iron-sheets and other materials to construct houses for Goliath and Boys.
The houses are valued at N.dollars 8 600, and were constructed at Tseiblaagte Extension One, better known as the Ileni informal settlement.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, the party’s coordinator for the !Karas Region, Matheus Mumbala said that in addition to the shelter, the party provided the two beneficiaries each with matrasses, blankets, two 5-kilogramme bags of maize flour and two bottles of cooking oil.
“We want to thank those who donated the materials and food to us so that we can help the community. There are still food donations at my office, and we will give it to people who really need it,” Mumbala enthused.
He promised that his office will continue to solicit food, clothes and other necessities, and give it to identified needy people in the community.
Mumbala once again used the opportunity to appeal to all residents of !Karas to support the party’s idea of the Food Bank for the benefit of those languishing in poverty.