Otjiwarongo charity to venture into gardening to feed the impoverished

31 Aug 2018 17:20pm
OTJIWARONGO, 31 AUG (NAMPA) – Otjiwarongo’s Omake Charity Organisation on Friday announced its plan of starting a fruit and vegetable garden from where the impoverished community members here would make a living.
The plan was announced by one of its founding members Ali Titus Shikongo at the official launch of the organisation.
Shikongo who is also a businessman at the town informed the gathering that before December this year, the charity would venture into a vegetable and fruit production garden on a privately owned two-hectare piece of land just outside Otjiwarongo.
“On that garden, we will grow different vegetables and fruits using the unemployed young people around town to work on it, and produce food for consumption and for sale,” he said.
Apart from the garden, the organisation also plan to set up a soup kitchen as well as hosting regular social fun day events and a back to school campaign.
The organisation has ambitious plans to assist unemployed youth, pensioners and school going children at Otjiwarongo who need food, school uniforms, blankets and sanitary pads, he added.
“We want to help by providing a long-term solution to the people who are affected due to lack of education, employment and other socio-economic factors,” he further noted.
Launching the organization, the Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Zephania Kameeta while applauding the charity, said the work planned by the organisation compliments the battle against poverty in the country which is spearheaded by President Hage Geingob.
He also handed over 100 new blankets, boxes of school uniforms, sanitary pads, clothes and toys on behalf of the organisation to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital’s maternity ward, three churches and four primary schools.
The value of the items is over N.dollars 20 000.