23 Dec 2015 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 23 DEC (NAMPA) - Vulnerable Windhoek residents received food hampers and solar lights from the City of Windhoek (CoW) on Tuesday.
About 80 pensioners, elderly and vulnerable community members from 10 constituencies received the donations from Windhoek Mayor, Muesee Kazapua.
The items were purchased with N.dollars 50 000 availed to the mayors office by Standard Bank Namibia as part of their corporate social responsibility.
This contribution will go a long way, not only in putting a smile on the faces of the beneficiaries this Christmas, but also in assisting families with school-going children to do their homework by solar light and contribute to the reduction of shack fires in the informal settlements, Kazapua said.
The beneficiaries were selected by social workers in the Community Services Division of the CoW. Only 50 of the beneficiaries, who stay in informal areas where there is no electricity supply, received the solar lights.
Nampa spoke to one of the recipients, pensioner Angelica Ngutamundu, who resides at Single Quarters and cares for seven grandchildren.
I pay for my house and I also care for my grandchildren. Four are in school while the other two are employed but their parents dont always help out. I am speechless at this wonderful deed that the CoW did for the elderly and vulnerable people of this city, Ngutamundu said.
The agency also spoke to war veteran, Kazee Ndjoze, who was overjoyed.
We are happy that there is no apartheid anymore. We are all here from different ethnicities receiving this food which we are going to share with our children, he said.
Another recipient was Ndalelelwa Hangula, who stays in the Tobias Hainyeko Constituency.
Hangula and her husband are both unemployed. They have four children.
I make a profit of N.dollars 100 a month from my business of selling goat heads, which is not enough to care for my family. Our neighbours however at times give us food, she said.
The social workers work closely with the community members and thus know who is most affected by poverty.
Such donations will be made annually to assist vulnerable people, but new beneficiaries will be selected each year, Kazapua said.