Chinese Embassy donates 90 sewing machines to local projects

06 Mar 2016 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 06 MAR (NAMPA) – The Chinese Embassy on Thursday donated 90 sewing machines worth N.dollars 450 000 to the Office of First Lady Monica Geingos.
Handing over the donation, China’s Ambassador to Namibia Xin Shunkang praised the Namibian Government for its efforts to improve people's livelihood and to eradicate poverty.
“President Hage Geingob has repeatedly emphasised that within this nation, no one should be left out, and I have seen the efforts from every corner of the country to raise people's awareness of women's empowerment and the seriousness of gender-based violence,” said the ambassador.
He expressed his special thanks to the First Lady for her support of women, children, people living with disabilities and other vulnerable groups of the Namibian society.
“The Chinese Government is always ready to join hands with the Namibian Government in its efforts to safeguard women's rights and promote women's economic and social status,” he said, adding that the sewing machines are meant to aid Government's job creation and women’s empowerment plans.
Xi also used the platform to bid farewell to Geingos and the staff of the Office of the First Lady, as his term in office is ending on 15 March.
In her remarks, the First Lady said that the donation comes at the right time as the Government is busy putting in place mechanisms to fight poverty in Namibia.
“This donation is in line with the intention of the Office of the First Lady to complement the president's war on poverty by focusing on initiatives which remove Namibians out of the cycle poverty,” she said.
The sewing machines will be handed over to a number of beneficiaries countrywide, amongst them the Twapanda Saving Group in Rundu; Ada !Kho //Oagu Saving Group in Usakos; the Tjiyetombaze Saving Group in Otjinene; New Life Saving Group and Dantago Saving Group in Windhoek; Tanida Dare Saving Group in Rehoboth; the Tukondjeni Saving Group in Nkurenkuru; Ozohindja Sewing Project in Otjiwarongo; Ella Hamases in Windhoek; the Vaalgras community in the //Kharas Region and Omake Omengi Ongongoro in Otjozondjupa.
The Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia and the Namibia Correctional Service will also benefit from the donation.