Okombahe, Spitzkoppe residents receive assistance
05 July 2020 | Local News
Residents of settlements who are reliant on tourism are struggling to survive since the arrival of Covid-19.
In light of this, renewable energy provider Sertum Energy Namibia decided to assist residents of Spitzkoppe and Okombahe by donating 150 food parcels – 75 each – to these communities.
Chairperson for the Spitzkoppe Local Development Community Lucky Narib estimates that the donated parcels will feed his community for a fortnight.
“We are thankful for this donation because we depend on tourism. Now that the tourism sector is closed, we are hungry and suffering.”
Narib said that assistance to his community has been scarce, with Sertum being one of three entities to reach out to them.
He said that residents at Spitzkoppe have been informed of the virus through media and community initiatives.
“Our people know the basics and how to prevent it from spreading. The church has held sessions to inform residents and in our usual community meetings we try to give them the information they need.”
Narib said the donation would last between three and five days for residents of Okombahe. Each package contained, rice, sugar, pasta and instant maize.
Elton Katangola, a director and shareholder of Sertum Energy, said that the company felt duty bound to help people who are left without an income.
"The least we can do is assist in giving them decent food.”