Lack of equipment and money hampers innovation at Bethanie

11 Dec 2013 14:30pm
BETHANIE, 11 DEC (NAMPA) – A lack of money and equipment is hampering efforts by some community members at Bethanie who want to start fish and gardening projects, as well as a campsite.
Three men under the leadership of Retired Bishop Emeritus Hendrik Frederik are struggling to get the three projects off the ground, and therefore request anyone to help them.
Dawid Boois, Timotheus Higoam and Hendrik Frederick say they are willing to work and generate incomes for themselves and the community.
They want to do this at a site opposite the Bethanie Village Council, where there is a fountain supplying water, and palm trees which provide shade and a nice scenery.
The site also holds some historical significance, as this was where the Rhenish Missionary Society started a church garden around 1856.
To start the fish project, however, the men would need supplies such as fish and fish food, as well as training on aquaculture.
Speaking to Nampa at the village on Friday and in a telephonic interview on Tuesday, Frederick noted that the land was donated to the community of Bethanie by its new owner, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Republic of Namibia (ELCRN) so that they could put it to good use.
“The land has not been used for 12 years. The church gave it to us so we can use it to produce food and money for ourselves. We are willing to work, but we do not have the means and knowledge to start, especially with the fish project,” he noted.
Frederick explained that they also need to build two toilets and two showers for use by the people who will be allowed at the site once it is completed.
“We have already cleared the area, and fenced it off. For the garden, we need a water tank and a tractor to help us loosen the soil,” he added.
Frederick said the plea for assistance was also forwarded to the office of //Karas Regional Governor Bernardus Swartbooi last month, and they are now waiting for a response.
The project welcomes all community members on board, but the three of them are the only ones active now as others have refused to join the project because they have little hope of it becoming successful.
“We are trying to encourage all our people to join us, but they do not want to come, apparently because there is no payment.
We have water and land, why can’t we work and produce food and make money to support our families?” Frederick asked rhetorically.