Republic of Congo embassy donates toward drought relief

09 Sep 2019 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 09 SEP (NAMPA) – The Republic of Congo's Embassy in Namibia, through its ambassador, Chantal Itoua-Apoyolo, on Monday handed over a donation N. dollars 100 000 towards the drought relief programme.
Speaking here at the handover ceremony, Itoua-Apoyolo said the money donated was towards the drought relief programmes was meant for embassy to celebrate its 59th independence.
She added that last year also they did not celebrate their independence but made use of the money to donate reading materials to the Hage Geingob High School.
“With the little that we have, we did not see fit that there is a need to go book a venue and have toast in champagne while there [are] our friends, brothers and sister in Namibia who are suffering,” said the ambassador.
She said there was a thought that what they had was little but considering the need, they just have to donate the money toward drought relief.
Accepting the donation, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, said what the embassy has demonstrated is a consolidation of the good relationship of the two countries that dates to the days of Namibia's liberation struggle.
“Our people should understand that when we were getting support during liberation struggle and as we are getting support now in this difficult time when we are faced with drought, it is not because other countries have met all the needs of their people,” she said.
She added the Republic of Congo's Embassy saw it fit that they help other people in difficult situations.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said the money donated is going to be used in the best interest of the people who are affected by drought.
Multiple local and international organisations have already contributed toward drought relief after the president declared drought a state of emergency in May this year.