N.dollars 110 million aid to drought affected Namibians from US government

11 Sep 2019 11:00am
WINDHOEK, 11 SEP (NAMPA) - The United States of America’s government has donated US dollars 7.6 million (about N. Dollars 110 million) of food assistance to Namibians who are affected by the drought.
Making the announcement at State House on Tuesday, US ambassador to Namibia, Lisa Johnson, said she and her office travelled through-out the regions of Namibia a fortnight ago to assess the drought situation.
“I’ve heard from people specifically that they don’t have enough food to eat. I’ve been in Kunene, Zambezi, Kavango and Omusati, and people are very concerned about the upcoming season,” she stressed.
The donation of more than 5000 metric tonnes of food will provide Namibians in regions hardest hit by the drought with up to six month’s supply of food.
“We are going to source that food locally and regionally, where we can, because that will reduce transportation cost. So our goal is to get the food here as quickly as we can to the people who needs it most,” she noted.
The donation will reach and feed an estimated 110 000 Namibians according to a statement that was given to the media by the embassy after the ambassadors’ announcement.
Responding to the gesture, President Hage Geingob thanked the American ambassador and her government for listening to the plea of the Namibian government.
Earlier in May this year, the US government provided water and hygiene assistance worth US dollars 100 000 to the Namibia Red Cross for the Kunene Region.
The drought assistance funding comes through the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programme.
The US dollars 7.6 million of drought assistance is in addition to the annual funding PEPFAR provides to Namibia, which is US dollars 81.4 million for the financial year starting 01 October 2019.