Turkey donates to San community

26 Oct 2016 16:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 26 OCT (NAMPA) – The Turkish Coordination and Cooperation Agency (TIKA) Programme Coordination Office in Windhoek donated livestock and husbandry equipment worth more than N.dollars 530 000 to San communities in Tsumkwe at the weekend.
The donations followed assessments done at the Nama Pan, Onderayahurua, Dobe and Elephant Song camps in eastern Otjozondjupa Region earlier this year, TIKA said in a statement on Tuesday.
During those visits alongside Namibian government authorities, Turkish Ambassador to Namibia, Deniz Çakar and TIKA representative, Abdulkadir Abukan decided to help improve the socio-economic conditions of the approximately 630 San people living at these camps.
The community received 330 goats, 20 cows and a bull for farming purposes.
“These donations will considerably improve the ability of the San community to generate income,” the statement read.
In May, as a first step, the agency handed over school stationery, toiletries, shoes, blankets and food products to the community.
The donation of livestock was the second step in the agency’s plan to assist the San while the third long-term step will be to develop infrastructure in the inhabited areas.
The San are regarded as the earliest people of southern Africa, but also as the most marginalised.
“The situation of the San is consistently worse than for other groups in Namibia,” the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) said on its web page.
A special programme is housed in the Office of the Prime Minister through which the government attempts to integrate the San community into the mainstream development of Namibian society.
The programme focuses on resettlement, sustainable livelihood support programmes, education, land and income-generating initiatives.