Pohamba applauds WAD

WINDHOEK; President Hifikepunye Pohamba has applauded the Women’s Action for Development (WAD) organisation for complementing government’s policy interventions, especially eradicating poverty in Namibia.

Pohamba was speaking during the 20th anniversary of WAD on Friday evening.

“In order to secure a brighter future for our country, more Namibians should be equipped with skills and competencies which will enable them to actively participate in the modern society and successfully compete with their counterparts in other parts of the world.

It is for this reason that Government has put in place policies and programmes aimed at assisting members of our society, especially women and the youth, to acquire relevant skills required by the job market,” he noted.

Pohamba also commended the private sector and international organisations which provided financial assistance and technical support to WAD over the years.

Local and international donors of WAD include the Spanish government, Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung, European Union (EU), Old Mutual Namibia, Nedbank Namibia, Mutual and Federal, Bidvest Namibia, Namibia Diamond Corporation (Namdeb), Skorpion Zinc Mine, and Rennies Travel Namibia.

“WAD has indeed provided an example of hard work, planning and co-ordination of activities that other organisations can emulate. For the past 20 years, WAD has been doing excellent developmental work across the country,” noted Pohamba.

During the past 20 years, WAD trained more than 50 000 women, men and youth free of charge to acquire skills and start income-generating projects.

WAD also trained 175 aspiring and existing businesswomen. Opportunities were also created to meet and exchange views with other entrepreneurs from Sweden, Russia, Botswana and South Africa.

The organisation further trained spiritual leaders, teachers, journalists, members of the police and defence forces, Members of Parliament, sex workers as well as community members on gender-related legislation, as well as the Namibian Constitution with the aim to create greater awareness and better understanding in relation to human rights.

On her part, WAD Executive Director Veronica de Klerk said her organisation became a household name in Namibia and greatly popularised the organisation in the process.

“In this manner, WAD answered the call of Government to assist with the reduction of poverty and unemployment, which in turn, contributed towards enabling many children from rural households to attend school,” she boasted.

Having extended its wingspan to all 14 regions in the country, WAD has three training centers, 107 trainers and ‘community voice’ members.

Between 65 and 70 per cent of trainees have found jobs in the labour market or have started their own income-generated ventures.