01 Sep 2013 08:20
OTJIWARONGO, 01 SEP (NAMPA) - The newly established Otjiwarongo Constituency Community Trust Fund on Saturday evening raised N.dollars 484 000 at a gala dinner through pledges and donations.
The well-attended fundraising gala dinner was held at the Otjiwarongo Senior Secondary School hall.
According to one of the members of the Otjiwarongo Constituency Community Trust Funds organising committee, Agatha Mweti, the trust fund is aimed at assisting development programmes in the constituency.
Mweti said the trust fund also intends to assist Otjiwarongo Constituency community members who are faced with poverty or who struggle due to old age, students in need of scholarships, and young entrepreneurs in the constituency, amongst other activities.
The community trust fund was established this year, and its operations are guided by a constitution and seven Board members.
The Prime Minister, Dr Hage Geingob was also present at the gala dinner, and was the first person to pledge N.dollars 10 000 towards the Otjiwarongo Constituency Trust Fund.
He said the trust fund should act as a vehicle for community development and a source of support for underprivileged citizens in the constituency.
He applauded the founder of the trust fund, Otjiwarongo Constituency Councillor Otto Ipinge for setting a good example.
Geingob said community initiatives such as this one form part of the interventions which respond well to the needs of poor rural and urban citizens in line with Government policies.
I therefore congratulate and commend the Otjozondjupa Governor, Samuel Nuuyoma; the Chairperson of the Otjozondjupa Regional Council Otto Ipinge; and Otjiwarongo Mayor Hilda Jesaja for organising this event with the purpose of mobilising funds for community development, he stated.
The Prime Minister stressed that Namibians should hold hands and fight poverty in their communities in efforts to complement Government efforts.
Although we have made significant progress in reducing poverty in the country, we need to redouble our efforts because the cycle of poverty is complex and that means the solutions towards poverty need to be equally complex, he noted.
Ipinge in his vote of thanks said the trust fund is aimed solely at uplifting the living standards of people in the constituency.
We want to see our people in the constituency happy and safe. We have just begun to see everyone free from hunger and poverty in the Otjiwarongo Constituency, he said.
The Trust Fund has opened an account at Bank Windhoek, and Ipinge urged donors and the residents of Otjiwarongo to sustain it through contributions.
Some famers and businesspeople who were present at the gala dinner pledged to donate small livestock, materials and money for a period of three to five years towards the trust fund in order to sustain it.
Several companies like D&M Rail Construction, the Otjikoto Gold Mine (B2Gold), and the Electricity Control Board (ECB), as well as some town councils around Otjiwarongo pledged between N.dollars 10 000 and N.dollars 30 000 on Saturday.