24 Oct 2015 15:40pm
ARANDIS, 24 OCT (NAMPA) - The Arandis Primary School now boasts a N.dollars 2.9 million hall constructed by the Arechanab Community Trust.
Arechanab is a horse mackerel fishing rights holder under Erongo Marine Enterprises.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Moses Maurihungirire inaugurated the facility on behalf of Fisheries Minister Bernard Esau on Thursday.
On the same day, the trust also pledged more than N.dollars 700 000 to five schools from Arandis, Usakos and Henties Bay.
Muetulamba Shingenge of the Arechanab Community Trust handed over the cheques to the schools on Thursday.
The benefiting schools are Katora Junior Secondary School (Spitzkoppe), Kamwandi Junior Secondary School (Henties Bay), Erongosig Primary School (Usakos) , Kolin Foundation Secondary School (Arandis), and Urbanus Dax Primary School (Arandis).
Arechanab also donated an extra N. dollars 290 000 to two welfare organisations in the Erongo Region - Catholic AIDS Action and the Church Benevolence Board.
We have applied the profits from our fishing endeavours to make a difference in the lives of these children. As recently as last month, we were also gathered at similar occasions to hand over classrooms at Onamatanga and a multi-purpose school hall at Tjimuhiva in the north of our country, said Shingenge.
She said this year alone, the contribution by the trust towards social upliftment projects totalled N.dollars 7.6 million.
Our contribution since 1997 totals roughly N.dollars 27.5 million in socio-economic development alone, making the trust a major force as a socio-economic contributor to various recipients in different communities throughout Namibia, Shingenge said.
Donations and support includes financial contributions to school funds, classrooms and school halls, salaries, prize giving functions a well as school buses and computers.
In a speech delivered by Maurihungirire, Esau assured Arechanab that such commitments which benefits all Namibians will not go unnoticed.
I can assure you that those who do not take our calls for infrastructure investment, value addition and employment creation seriously, will not only be left behind, but will also feel the impact of not doing so, said the minister.
Also speaking at the same event, Erongo Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua applauded Arechanab for their numerous contributions to education.