Ghetto Assistance helps DRC fire victim

20 Jan 2016 19:10pm
SWAKOPMUND, 20 JAN (NAMPA) - A resident of the DRC informal settlement who lost a son and boyfriend in a shack fire in December last year, received food, blankets and building material from the Ghetto Assistance Centre (GAC) here on Wednesday.
Magreth Nanus, 40, suffered a triple tragedy when she lost her 21-year-old son, Alizuis Danie Nanub, boyfriend Stephanus Gaeseb, and her home.
She told Nampa on Wednesday the fire was started by a candle which was burning while the family was asleep that evening.
“I am grateful for the donation, although still grieving and homeless. All my belongings were destroyed by the fire and I am currently staying with my sister,” said Nanus.
The assistance from the GAC is worth N.dollars 7 000. The building material comprise of a door, four poles and hardboard.
GAC is a close corporation started in September 2014 with the aim of providing assistance to members who lose their shacks due to fire or any accident.
Nanus is the first member to benefit from the GAC fund.
Through a monthly membership fee starting from N.dollars 70 to N.dollars 200, members are assisted with rebuilding shelters and necessities such as blankets and food.
A member’s saved amount determines how much assistance they would be provided, and the organisation also adds money to meet the member halfway depending on their needs.
Nanus had saved N.dollars 600, and the GAC added N.dollars 6 400.
She used the opportunity to ask the public to reach out and help rebuild her shack, and to recover property such as beds, stoves and refrigerators.
Fritz Gowaseb, the chief executive officer (CEO) of GAC, on Wednesday encouraged the DRC community to join the organisation to benefit from such donations in case fire strike their shacks.
“This corporation might not give much because we are still growing but we assist those in serious need. This is why we need support from everyone to grow bigger,” he stated.
Gowaseb noted that once funds are available, members will be provided with low-cost housing. This will be done through developing virgin land which they apply for from municipalities.
“We also plan to pay for our members’ education in the future, but this is only possible with increased membership,” he added.
About 4 000 members are registered with the GAC.
Swakopmund Mayor Paulina Nashilundo, who officiated at the event, applauded GAC for the gesture towards the poor.
“I wish to encourage you to continue this noble gesture, which will go a long way in addressing the growing needs of our communities,” she said.