Leprosy sufferers receive houses

MASHARE; Five leprosy sufferers from the Mashare village became the proud owners of new houses on Wednesday.

The village is situated 45 kilometres east of Rundu.

The houses were constructed with financial support from the Namibia Ports Authority (Namport) under its Social Investment Fund at a total cost of N.dollars 250 000. The project was carried out under the Theresia Simaria Leprosy Project, managed by Namibia’s former Ambassador to Sweden Theresia Samaria.

The recipients are Martha Makayi, Salopi Mbendeka, Lukano Tolosi, Alupe Magano, and Elizabeth Siteketa.

Speaking during the handing over ceremony, Namport’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bisey Uirab, whose speech was read on his behalf by Namport spokesperson Liz Sibindi, said what the company has done is only a drop in the ocean as there are currently 100 leprosy sufferers in the two Kavango regions.

He thus encouraged businesses both locally and countrywide to emulate Namport’s example by supporting the leprosy project by raising funds to cater for the accommodation needs of leprosy sufferers.

Uirab said the company will in future consider funding other projects in the education, health and entrepreneurship sectors.

He also used the opportunity to condemn gender-based violence against women, calling on all citizens to stand up and condemn such violence in the strongest terms.

Meanwhile, Kavango East Regional Governor, Dr Samuel Mbambo said owning a house is not only a privilege but a constitutional right, as housing is one of the fundamental human rights which accords people dignity, respect and security.

The Kavango East Governor stated that the success of any government is measured by how well it treats its people, especially the vulnerable members of society, and called on citizens to assist government in its quest to provide various social services to its people.

Dr Mbambo then thanked Namport for deciding to share their blessings with those who are less fortunate.