Swakopmund deputy mayor helps expectant women

02 Nov 2016 10:50am
SWAKOPMUND, 02 NOV (NAMPA) - Expectant women from Swakopmund’s DRC informal settlement on Monday received donations from the town’s deputy mayor.
The 22 unemployed women each received a consignment of nappies, lotion and baby blankets from Maria Elago, who is also a registered nurse. In an interview with Nampa that day, she said the donation is from her and friends.
She said at the handover, she spoke to the beneficiaries about the poverty faced by women in DRC and pledged her commitment to addressing the problem.
“We will continue to collect items every year and give them to pregnant women who are not employed. Those who received the items were very happy and it brought me joy to see smiles on their faces.”
The deputy mayor also donated blankets and food hampers to 22 elderly women living in the informal settlement, as well as clothes and nappies to women with two-month-old babies.
Elago said some of the women are single because boyfriends abandoned them after finding out they were pregnant.
She said the situation is worsened by the fact that some of the women consume alcohol, especially the traditional brew tombo.
“Excessive alcohol is not good for anybody, especially pregnant women. We need to educate our people to stop drinking.”
Elago suggested that stricter controls be put in place for shebeens.
“The places where they sell tombo in DRC are always full, you would think there is a meeting. People consume this brew on empty stomachs, which makes it even more dangerous to their health.”
Elago worked at the DRC clinic for the past three years, where she became accustomed with the challenges of women living in the informal settlement.