Red Cross sends volunteers to drought areas

31 Oct 2015 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 31 OCT (NAMPA) – The Namibian Red Cross Society (NRCS) will dispatch a group of volunteers to the northern parts of the country to visit areas severely affected by drought.
According to the programme of the tour availed to Nampa by the NRCS on Wednesday, the group will depart on Monday to the Kunene Region where the drought has had a big impact.
The tour will start in Opuwo where the group will have soup kitchens and will visit some remote areas to do some fieldwork on 03 November until 04 November.
The group will then visit the Omusati Region on 05 November to volunteer their services there and do community mobilisation projects.
On 06 November the group will travel to the two Kavango regions - Kavango West and Kavango East – and visit the Sikondo food security project.
On 07 November the volunteers will pay a visit to the water and sanitation project at the Sharukwe Combined School, and later on the same day visit the NRCS/Coca-Cola project at the Sharukwe village and Chimchinge village.
From Chimchinge, the group will proceed to the Shadipwera village to visit the NRCS/Coca-Cola project there.
The group will conclude its tour in the Zambezi Region.
Namibia has been severely been hit by drought and the government is looking into measures to deal with the problem that started in 2012 because of poor rainfall.
More than N.dollars 300 million had been set aside by the government for drought mitigation purposes that will cover measures such as procurement of food for affected communities and households, and the provision of water for humans.
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 food, among others.
The current drought comes on the back of the 2013/2014 season in which the country had another drought which forced former President, Hifikepunye Pohamba to declare a state of emergency due to the severe drought in 2013.