15 Oct 2013 15:20pm
OPUWO, 15 OCT (NAMPA) At least 700 people in the Kunene Region have been registered to receive N.dollars 100 each per month from the Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN) as part of drought relief efforts here.
The coordinator of the drought relief programme of the CCN in Kunene, Reverend Salomon Tjakuapi told Nampa on Tuesday that registered members in the Kunene Region received their first payments at the Ongongo village on 01 October this year. The project will run for four months
The N.dollars 100 per person is part of 10 soup kitchens already underway in the Kunene Region since September this year.
The CCN established soup kitchen at different villages in the region, and these are at Orotjitombo, Sesfontein, Warmquelle, Etoto, Oruvandjai, Okondaurje, Ombazu, Katututra informal settlement, Otjitoko and Ondore.
Five hundred people are being served a meal there each day.
The soup kitchens are expected to come to an end in March 2014, but expectations are high that it would continue and be made permanent.
Tjakuapi added that the Ongongo village was selected for the N.dollars 100-project to help mitigate drought challenges.
Some big households can collect up to N.dollars 1 000 per month.
One of the beneficiaries of the money donation, Vehupisa Tjavara, said farmers, such as himself, who have to sell livestock for money to buy food or pay for transport to town, really appreciate these grants. 'It is of vital importance, noted Tjavara.
He then called on the government to support the CCN so that it does not discontinue the grant, but to keep it forever.
The claims by government that the distribution of N.dollars 100 per person would promote laziness cannot be justified, because we received the N.dollars 100 but continue to work hard in the mountains, looking after goats and cattle, noted Tjavara.
He added that if the government could distribute N.dollars 100 per person, it would be the greatest distribution of resources of the country to all Namibians in its simplest form.
Another beneficiary of N.dollars 100, Vevanda Muharukua said her household collected N.dollars 600 in total.
She also praised to the CCN for the grant, and called on the government to add more money onto the N.dollars 100.
Muharukua used the money to buy food as well as shoes for one on her children who did not have shoes.
All beneficiaries of the money donation do not receive any grant from the government.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Kunene Regional Council, George Kamseb said giving N.dollars 100 to an individual would be a better option for Government, rather than transporting bags of maize meal to the people every month.
According to Kamseb, giving N.dollars 100 is less than having to pay for transport, and officials who distribute the bags of maize meal among others.
Other regions which are also benefiting from the CCNs N.dollars 100-grant are Omusati, Hardap, and Kavango East.