!Naoaspoort and Arovlei water pride restored

16 Sep 2015 07:20am
!NAOASPOORT, 16 SEP (NAMPA) – The Namibian-German Special Initiative Programme (NGSIP) on Monday handed over rehabilitated and upgraded solar powered water points to the communities of !Naoaspoort and Arovlei.
The two villages are situated 55 kilometres south of the capital and are part of a national project that will expand to the Erongo; Hardap; //Karas; Kunene; Omaheke and Otjozondjupa regions.
The six boreholes, four at !Naoaspoort and two at Arovlei, will cater for the gardens and small livestock that was provided by the NGSIP in 2010 and 2013.
In a speech read on her behalf at the ceremony, Governor of the Khomas Region, Laura McLeod-Katjirua said the water pumped by the solar powered systems will mediate the drought situation that has adversely affected the whole of Namibia.
“The rehabilitated boreholes can be used to transform the country into a tropical paradise,” she noted.
McLeod-Katjirua added that the availing of water is in line with the United Nations’ (UN) World Humanitarian Day that was marked on 19 August 2015, under the theme ‘Inspiring the world’s humanity’.
The governor stressed that water scarcity and lack of access to clean water by the poor are amongst the main obstacles of the full enjoyment of the right to water.
“The people of !Naoaspoort and Arovlei will be able to enjoy a better life with such amenities in every household,” she said.
At the same occasion, head of cooperation at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Christian Grün said Germany has been and will remain a reliable partner of Namibia in implementing specific strategies for sustainable development.
Grün also used the opportunity to urge the community members to use natural resources wisely.
“They are the basis of our life and of our survival. Without water there will be no future,” he noted.
On behalf of the community, water committee chairperson, Kenneth Eixab expressed gratitude to the two governments saying, “Some of their burdens have been lifted from our shoulders like the relief from Namwater payments which they couldn’t afford.
“The money which we are going to save from payments of water, we can now spend on feed for our livestock,” he said.
The total budget for the projects in Khomas Region was estimated at N. dollars 2.2 million and were requested through the Khomas Regional Council on behalf of the community in 2006.
Implementation of the gardens and rehabilitation of the seven boreholes started in 2009.
However a year later, most solar panels were reported stolen and others did not last due to vandalism.
In 2011, the NGSIP decided to rehabilitate and upgrade all water points and make them more secure from possible theft or vandalism.
NGSIP distributed small livestock to the selected needy families in both villages through their Project Management Committee (PMC) with support from the Area Development Committee and the /Khomanin Traditional Authority.