Drought-stricken residents in Otjozondjupa receive food donation

Drought stricken residents in the Otjozondjupa Region on Thursday received a consignment of food as a donation from the Pupkewitz Foundation.

The donation worth N.dollars 20 000 includes the 729 canned fish, 360 bottles of cooking oil and 220 packets of dried beans.

Otjiwarongo's Pupkewitz Branch Manager, Nico Coffee handed the donation to the Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Otto Ipinge on Thursday morning.

Ipinge on his part said the donation will be distributed to the seven constituencies in the region which are also expected to go and re-distribute the food to the identified beneficiaries.

The region has a list of 47 345 supposed beneficiaries of the drought relief, but due to scarcity of resources, at the moment we are only supporting a total of 3 900 people on our regional master-list, said Ipinge.

The Governor thus called on other local companies and mines to join Government in its fight against the drought by means of assisting those highly affected rural community members.

Ipinge said in the Otjozondjupa Region alone, residents of Gam settlement, Omatako and Okakarara constituencies are the most hard hit by the drought.

Speaking on behalf of the seven regional constituencies, Okahandja Constituency Councillor Steve Biko Booys at the event thanked the Pupkewitz Foundation for the noble and humble donation.

We really thank you for the donation at this time when all our rural community members need food to eat, said Booys.

He then also stressed the call to other corporate companies in and outside the region to take the drought situation seriously and support the needy community members so that none dies of hunger.

Source: Namibia Press Agency