Food for Usakos residents
14 May 2020 | Local News
Neville Andre; Erongo governor; "These parts of our region are home to mostly farmers, who have been severely affected by drought for the past seven years..."
The organisation Sons and Daughters of Usakos donated food to the value of N$50 000 to less fortunate residents of the town.
The group collected maize meal, cooking oil and canned fish, and handed it over to be distributed to needy community members.
Erongo governor, Neville Andre, received the donation and passed it on to mayor Akser Mwafangeyo and the regional councillor of the Karibib constituency, who will distribute it.
Andre commended the donors, saying the items will come in handy since the town also experienced a drought. “Our people need food. These parts of our region are home to mostly farmers, who have been severely affected by drought for the past seven years, leaving many with no cattle or an income,” he said.
The donation will also bring relief to some residents who have been affected by lockdown measures.
“Many of the residents rely heavily on small mining activities. Due to Covid-19 regulations, most of these miners were robbed of an income. This, coupled with a slowdown in economic activity, has impacted many households,” Andre said.
On a previous occasion, the Usakos town council was able to give food to 150 people.
The Sons and Daughters of Usakos, who are former residents of the town, decided to collect and purchase more food to enable a larger number of beneficiaries to benefit.
“I am pleased to that some former residents who now live in other parts of Namibia, collected funds to supplement town council’s efforts,” the governor said.
Sons and Daughters of Usakos members include Simon Uirab who leads the effort, minister of sport, youth and national service Agnes Tjongarero, and National Assembly member Natalia Goagoses.