Peacekeeping officers donate to visually impaired

05 Sep 2017 13:50pm
WINDHOEK, 05 SEP (NAMPA) – Fifteen Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officers who recently returned from a peacekeeping mission in Darfur, Sudan, have donated various items to the School for the Visually Impaired in Windhoek.
The donation valued at N.dollars 35 000 amongst others includes blankets, soap and bath mats.
The officers, who served under the United Nations/African Union Mission Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID), were deployed in May 2015 and returned to Namibia on Friday.
They were part of a bigger group of 29 officers, 14 of whom returned to Namibia in June this year.
The group’s Commander, Chief Inspector Erwin Nakale during the handing over here on Monday said the officers’ inspiration for the donation came from the humanitarian assistance they offered to civilians in Darfur during their mission.
Each of the 29 officers contributed N.dollars 1 300 towards the donation.
“Police officers’ mandate is to serve people by all means and the idea is to help the learners with some of the items they need while they are far away from their parents,” said Nakale.
Accepting the donation, Khomas Region Education Inspector, Milton ya Otto said the donation means a lot to the school, as there are vulnerable children from all regions who are sometimes in need of the items.
NamPol Deputy Inspector for Operation, Major General Des Shilunga welcomed the group back on behalf of Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga.
In a speech delivered on his behalf at the event, Ndeitunga said the management of the police will continue to support its members in doing international peacekeeping mission service.
“The Namibian Police will continue to honour its international obligations of maintaining peace and stability around the globe by sending police officers to UN peacekeeping missions to assist those communities that have been affected by conflict to rebuild their societies through everlasting peace solutions,” he said.