Start more soup kitchens for //Karas elders: Basson

10 Oct 2013 13:40pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 10 OCT (NAMPA) – There is a need for elderly people in the //Karas Region to be in organised groups so they can receive food donations in an orderly manner.
Speaking during a donation of Christmas food hampers from Pick ‘n Pay Namibia to elderly people in Keetmanshoop on Thursday, Lucia Basson, the special advisor to //Karas Governor Bernardus Swartbooi, said it is easier to give donations to organised groups than random people.
“Sometimes when we receive donations for the elderly, we find it difficult to divide it amongst those who are not in groups, because it might not be enough for every individual. It is easy for those organised, because they can always share,” said Basson.
She then called on all churches, community members and local organisations to help organise the region’s elderly in groups which could meet every day to receive free, nutritious food at soup kitchens, or to get food for lower prices, which would subsequently help them stay healthy.
Basson also suggested that apart from the soup kitchens in Kronlein, Tseiblaagte, Noordhoek and the Daan Viljoen Clinic, efforts should be made to establish soup kitchens in the Ileni and Sonop informal settlements.
“The local authorities must also do their work. They must have lists of all the needy people, so that when we, at the office of the governor, receive donations, we know who needs it most.
I would also like to call upon the private sector and individual business owners to support Government in helping the needy people, especially the elderly, as it is not only Government’s responsibility but all of us,” she appealed.
Basson noted that her office has a list of some needy people, including pensioners, orphans and vulnerable children from the whole region.
It is the same list she uses to identify beneficiaries for food, shelter and blankets when the Office of the Governor receives donations from good Samaritans from time to time.
On Thursday, a total of 105 elderly people from Kronlein, Tseiblaagte, Noordhoek and Daan Viljoen received Christmas food hampers from Pick ‘n Pay Namibia in Keetmanshoop on Thursday.
The hampers included soup, beans, sweets and macaroni, and were distributed according to the number of individuals in a soup kitchen - those with more members got more hampers.
Handing over the donation, Acting Manager at Pick ‘n Pay Keetmanshoop, Petrus Geiseb promised that his company will give better food such as bread in the near future.
“We believe in creating a future and enhancing lives. The sustainability of our people and the country is very important, and I am, therefore, proud to hand over this donation to our elders,” Geiseb said.