RCC's Caritas donates drought relief food to the needy

01 Oct 2013 00:20
ONGWEDIVA, 01 OCT (NAMPA) – The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) charity organisation, Caritas (Love) Namibia, bought food items worth N.dollars 1,1 million from the Pick ‘n Pay stores at Oshakati and Ongwediva for distribution to severely drought-affected households in the regions.
National Coordinator of Caritas Namibia, Sister Aida Manlucu, on Monday handed over the food items comprising dried beans, brown sugar, rice and cooking oil to the Dean of the North-West Deanery of the RCC, Father Willem Eita.
Manlucu told Nampa on the sidelines of the handing-over event that Caritas decided to buy the items from Pick ‘n Pay because the food items are very affordable there, and the workers were willing to pack, mark and deliver the food consignments to the RCC mission stations.
“In April and May, our Caritas workers in all our parishes did the identification of households critically affected by the drought,” Manluca noted.
The 22 mission stations to benefit are in the regions of Kunene, Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena, Oshikoto, Kavango, Omaheke, Hardap and Karas.
Some 13 500 households or 100 000 persons have been identified as beneficiaries. The parish priest of each mission station is entrusted with organising the distribution of the food items with the local Caritas workers.
The supplier will deliver the goods to the different regions by next week.