Indonesia donates N.dollars 80 000 to NRCS for drought emergency

15 Aug 2013 07:20
WINDHOEK, 15 AUG (NAMPA) - The Indonesian Embassy on Thursday donated N.dollars 80 000 to the Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) in response to the country’s drought emergency.
Handing over the donation here, Indonesian Ambassador Agustinus Sumartono said the financial assistance is a form of expressing his nation’s deep-felt sympathy and solidarity towards the people of Namibia who have been affected by the worst drought in the last 30 years.
Sumartono hopes the donation will help ease the suffering caused by the drought.
In response, NRCS Secretary-General Dorkas Kapembe-Haiduwa said the drought situation is a great concern to Namibia, and all Namibians must act to ensure that everyone who is in need receives the appropriate assistance.
“People need our compassion and support. To be able to do this, we need more people like (those from) the Indonesian Embassy in order to meet our humanitarian work.
We want Namibians to continue supporting the Red Cross Society, so that we can reach more vulnerable people,” she said.
Kapembe-Haiduwa also stated that every Namibian should understand how important it is to support the NRCS.
“It is only with the support of Namibians, our government and the business community that we can become a strong, sustainable national society that can continue to help the most vulnerable people in our communities at all times when so required,” the NRCS chief stressed.
According to Kapembe-Haiduwa, the support from the Indonesian Embassy will enable the NRCS to reach more vulnerable people in some of the worst-affected parts of Namibia.
She promised that the funds will be put to good use, and will reach the intended beneficiaries.
The NRCS launched an Emergency Drought Relief Appeal at the beginning of July this year to raise N.dollars 12,5 million to assist people affected by the drought.
This year's drought has devastated many rural communities, especially those who are heavily reliant on agriculture for survival.
Meanwhile, in some parts of Namibia such as the Kunene Region, the NRCS has been providing meals at soup kitchens to vulnerable residents as part of efforts to assist the government feed the needy and drought-stricken.
The meals are distributed at 12h00 each week day, and consist of either porridge or rice with meat or mince mixed with vegetables.