06 Sep 2019 17:50pm
By Natasha Diergaardt
!UEROS, 06 SEP (NAMPA) A Spanish tourist has sponsored the installation of the first-ever borehole for the !Ueros area of the Groot Aub settlement.
About 100 people celebrated the official inauguration of the borehole at !Ueros, situated about 45 kilometres (km) south of Windhoek, earlier this week.
The borehole was made possible through a sponsorship of over Euros 8 000 (approximately N.dollars 137 000) by Luisa Lucas SanJuan, a pensioner from Spain, who visited Namibia with her sister Carmen Lucas SanJuan in 2017.
Local musician Set-son Wahengo, who is also a freelance tour guide, escorted them on their tour.
He told the gathering that after informing his guests of Namibias ongoing drought, Luisa offered to sponsor a borehole.
Wahengo said he decided on Groot Aub and approached Windhoek Rural Constituency Councillor Penina Iita, who is responsible for the area, with the proposal. Iita told him about the water woes at !Ueros, located about 10km north of Groot Aub proper.
When I first arrived here, I learned that the !Ueros community still gets water from water pits for household use and for their animals. I saw the need for water was immense because the few wells were fast drying up and animals and people had to share very little water.
Wahengo said two other places identified by the council already had boreholes and only needed pumps and/or tanks.
He urged the community of about 70 households to safeguard the facility which consists of a 60-metre deep borehole, solar-powered pump and 10 000 litre water tank.
Wahengo also pledged N.dollars 150 monthly towards its upkeep until the community and council sort out the responsibility of the boreholes maintenance.
In a letter read out at the event, Luisa said she hopes everyone in the area benefits from the borehole. She plans to visit !Ueros.
Officiating at the ceremony, Khomas Regional Council Chairperson Rachel Jacob expressed her gratitude to Luisa, who sacrificed her holiday fund for the borehole.
Jacob urged the community to use the water to grow food and not go hungry.
Iita said the sponsor is God-sent, showing love to people she has never met.
Several community members said before the facilitys installation, they suffered tremendously and went without water for long stretches of time. Some of them travelled to nearby areas, including Windhoek, to collect water.
Resident Maureen Dunn said they will now join forces and start a garden. Her neighbour, Bock van Wyk, said they are also discussing a brickmaking project.