Community projects boosted
25 October 2021 | Local News
Dr Katrin Kärner; RMR Exploration Manager; “These oxygenators are built locally and by aquiring this particular product, we are not only support local industry but also the availability, maintenance and repairs of equipment.”
Reptile Mineral Resources and Exploration handed over medical equipment, scholarships and educational tools with a combined value of N$191,000 to various Erongo-based organisations.
The beneficiaries includes the Swakopmund-based Ciske's Task Force and the Walvis Bay-based Erongo Regional Corona Care Initiative.
The company responded to a call by the Namibian government through the Namibian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) Business Namibia Covid-19 Response Project, by donating ten locally manufactured oxygen generators.
The O2C Nam oxygen concentrators were designed and built by Better Earth Everyday, a Namibian company. The devices are made specifically for Namibian conditions and can produce 10 litres of 94% concentrated oxygen per minute.
Dr Katrin Kärner, the Exploration Manager at RMR said that an in-depth due diligence process was followed to determine the ideal product.
“These oxygenators are built locally and by aquiring this particular product, we are not only support local industry but also the availability, maintenance and repairs of equipment,” she highlighted.
RMR also secured scholarships for two students Tugamena Amadhila and Lesley Gaseb, for the 2021/2022 school year at Mondesa Youth Opportunities (MYO).
MYO has operated entirely on donations for the past 18 years and is an organisation supporting students from underprivileged schools in the Erongo region who show ability and promise. These students benefit from an intensive after-school education program to reach higher education opportunities.
Anke Husemeyer, the manager of MYO said that they have students from all state schools and areas such as Democratic Resettlement Community (DRC), Tamariskia and Mondesa.
“These learners have an afternoon programme filled with academic subjects. We also teach them computer skills which is an essential skill these days.”
RMR also handed over learning materials and educational tools for the Democratic Resettlement Community Women's Community Project in Swakopmund. The organisation led by Anja Rohwer maintains a new school building and kindergarten accommodating 100 children, a soup kitchen and a fruit and vegetable garden.
"We make a living by what we get and a life by what we give,” Rohwer said.
"We believe in the long-term value for our stakeholders and communities in which we operate. That is why we are committed to support our local communities sustainably and responsibly," Dr Kärner concluded.
How oxygen concentrators work
1. An oxygen concentrator is a self-contained, electrically powered device designed to concentrate oxygen from ambient air.
2. Utilising a process known as Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA), an oxygen concentrator produces up to 95.6% concentrated oxygen.
3. Atmospheric air is drawn through a gross particle and intake filter before moving through a compressor.
4. As each sieve bed is depressurized, N2 is released. Valves open to deliver concentrated oxygen into a reservoir where it accumulates, and from which a flowmeter can be used for measured and continuous release of oxygen to the patient at a specified flow rate.