Finnish govt. signs funding agreements with local organisations

30 Oct 2013 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 30 OCT (NAMPA) - The Finnish Government has provided funding of over N.dollars 6 million to three local organisations through the Embassy of Finland here.
The funding in the amount of N.dollars 6,5 million was handed over to representatives of the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), Katutura Youth Enterprise Centre (Kayec), and Omba Arts Trust in the capital on Wednesday morning.
The LAC, a public interest law centre which strives to make the law more accessible to those with the least access, was granted N.dollars 3 688 355. Amongst several activities, the funding will be used to support the implementation of projects addressing gender and children's rights, the rights of marginalised groups, people living with HIV/AIDS, the rights of indigenous people, and the rights of rural residents.
The work of the LAC is done through education, law reform, research, litigation, legal advice, representation and lobbying, with the ultimate aim of creating and maintaining a human rights culture in Namibia.
Toni Hancox, a director of the Legal Assistance Centre, received the funding on behalf of his organisation.
The Omba Arts Trust was granted a total amount of N.dollars 1 793 900 for a two-year project - increasing livelihoods of marginalised communities through development – as well as sales and marketing of innovative Namibian crafts and strengthening the Omba Art Trust.
The funding will be used to train artists and supply capacity to ensure marketable and viable products.
The Omba Arts Trust is a non-profit Namibian organisation registered with the World Fair Trade Organisation. Its social enterprise model is in line with the worldwide trend to develop sustainable development initiatives.
Omba director Lara Diez received the funding on behalf of her organisation.
The Kayec Trust was granted N.dollars 1 047 933 for a one-year project called ‘Solar Energy and Business Mentoring as Means to Generate Income for Out-Of-School Youth’.
The project aims to improve access to sustainable energy and the promotion of renewable energy by creating career paths and business opportunities in the renewable energy industry for vulnerable youth.
Kayec chairperson Nelson Prada received the funding on behalf of his organisation.
Handing over the funding to the recipients, the Charge d'Affaires of Finland in Namibia Anna Saloranta said the embassy’s Fund for Local Cooperation is a local funding instrument administered by the embassy. It has supported work towards the promotion and realisation of human rights and democracy in Namibia for nearly 11 years, completing other funding instruments made available by the Government of Finland.
The funds provided to the three local organisations will also be used to support the eradication of poverty and economic, social and ecological sustainable development of Namibia in line with the goals of the fourth National Development Plan (NPD4).