07 Oct 2013 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 07 OCT (NAMPA) The Embassy of the People's Republic of China donated N.dollars 750 000 to the Organisation for the Empowerment of Widows and Widowers and Orphans of HIV in Namibia (OEWONA) on Monday.
First Lady Penehupifo Pohamba received the donation on behalf of the organisation from the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Namibia, Xin Shunkang and the Vice Governor of China's Zheijang Province, Xuming Huang in the capital.
Speaking during the handing over of the donation, the First Lady said she learned a lot from Chinese women during her visit to China last year, and was inspired by their meticulous approach to projects, as well as their hard work and discipline.
They have some of the best projects I have seen, which have become sustainable and very profitable, she noted.
She furthermore said with the help of the embassy, she believes that Namibia can replicate some of those projects for the common good of Namibian women and children.
Pohamba expressed her gratitude to the Chinese government for the donation, saying it came at just the right time for OEWONA.
She explained that the organisation has land in the Otjozondjupa, Ohangwena and Kavango Regions which should be used for the empowerment of women and for orphans of HIV and AIDS, but the output on the land has been insignificant due to a shortage of adequate financial resources and farm implements such as tractors.
With these donations, I am confident that we will move in the right direction of sustainability and real empowerment, she said.
She also assured the donors that the funds will be used solely to purchase the much-needed tractors, saying OEWONA will maintain them well.
The First Lady also thanked Xin for his tireless efforts to increase and strengthen cooperation between Namibia and China.
Ambassador Shunkang is a very dynamic diplomat who has achieved a lot in a very short time in Namibia, she noted.