NRCS needs N$13 million for drought appeal

13 Oct 2015 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 13 OCT (NAMPA) – The Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) is in dire need of more than N.dollars 13 million to reach 11 500 drought affected people over the next seven months.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) launched an appeal on 29 September 2015 for the NRCS to obtain funds to provide water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, food security, nutrition and livelihoods.
“The drought is forcing people to use water from unprotected sources, placing them at risk of waterborne diseases. The planned response reflects the current situation and information available at this point of the evolving operation, and will be adjusted based on further developments and more detailed assessments,” the IFRC stated in a media statement issued on the same day (29 September).
It raised the concern that food insecurity is placing further stress on the affected population, especially those living with HIV. The widespread and generalised HIV epidemic puts further strain on households trying to meet their nutritional requirements, both in terms of their increased nutritional needs and generating livelihoods.
With the donations from the appeal, NRCS intends to target the Kavango, Kunene, Oshikoto, Ohangwena and Zambezi regions, which are among the worst affected in terms of food insecurity.
Approximately 3 200 households will benefit from meal provisions, water rehabilitation and hygiene promotion activities and agricultural support.
The food security response strategy includes soup kitchens for 720 households or 3 600 people, which will provide one meal a day, six days a week. Each individual will receive maize meal (420 grammes); beans (60g); fish or meat (30g) and cooking oil (30g) fortified with Vitamin A. Additionally, NRCS will provide longer term food security and livelihood support via the establishment of five community gardens and provision of gardening inputs per region, which will benefit 100 households and improve nutrition for 500 beneficiaries. Livelihoods will be supported through identification and training of 100 farmers. These farmers (lead farmers) will be identified in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF), local traditional authorities as well as councillors. The lead farmers will be responsible for dissemination knowledge and skills to an additional 10 beneficiary farmers each, therefore reaching 1 100 farmers and improving the livelihoods of 5 500 beneficiaries through cultivation of maize and millet, according to IFRC.
To ensure access to clean water for consumption, the operation will support the rehabilitation of 16 strategically located wells or springs in the Kunene Region that will benefit 1 280 households or 6 400 people. The identification of the water points will be done in collaboration with the local authorities and government (MAWF), according to the IFRC.