Don't forget the pensioners; Isaack

16 Dec 2016 11:20am
KRIESS, 16 DEC (NAMPA) – Pensioners from Kriess and Amper-Bo in the Gibeon Constituency were Thursday treated to an early Christmas lunch by Hardap Regional Governor, Esme Isaack.
She also handed over food hampers to the elders.
As part of her annual Christmas charity drive, Isaack hosted the lunch and presented the gifts to the 85 pensioners at Kriess settlement.
Welcoming her guests, Isaack said Government’s war on poverty compels everyone to be part of the fight and efforts to reduce poverty.
“We do have a collective responsibility to alleviate our societies in the region and beyond from abject poverty. The elderly members of our communities are subjected to miseries that are not of their own design. I therefore ask all to lift our vulnerable communities out of discomforting conditions they endure.”
She urged role players in the fight to consult with her office to address challenges towards the needy and vulnerable members in the communities.
“It is now time to stand up and appreciate what our elderly endured during the apartheid regime for us to be a free and independent nation today. For too long we have turned a blind eye on the needs of our elderly.”
The governor thanked all companies and individuals who contributed towards the day.
Speaking on behalf of the pensioners, Reverend Michael Kaimbi of the Rhenish Mission Church thanked the governor for her gesture.
“We thank you for thinking about us at a time where most of us are sitting without food and wondering where our next meal will come from. It is times like this that humanity comes forward and blessings come down.”
Kriess is a settlement 60 kilometres south-east of Mariental with approximately 150 inhabitants of which majority farm with small livestock.
The settlement has one primary school.
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