State funds 11 000 veterans' projects

The state has funded a total number of 11 057 Individual Veterans Projects (IVPs) out of 21 585 applicants received altogether from the regions.

The projects range from construction to agricultural activities depending on what the veterans can offer to create employment and generate income, chief economist at the ministry of veteran’s affairs, Vinea Sinalumbu, has said.

“The projects that have been funded are successful although some have only been funded above 50% of the funding that was applied for. We monitor the progress of the projects of all veterans’ projects, and we also advise them on projects they want to set up. We have identified projects in each region that will be suitable for veterans to start with and every veteran can choose a project which is suitable for him or her,” he said.

He added that the ministry has guidelines that describe the types of sustainable IVPs which veterans of the liberation struggle can engage in to make a meaningful contribution to the socio-economic development of the specific region in line with regional economic development goals.
According to Sinalumbu a total of 30 245 veterans have been registered to benefit from the initiative.

Statistics indicate that Omusati region top the list of IVPs that were funded with 3 016 projects followed by Ohangwena with 1 858 while Oshikoto has a total number of 1 813 projects that were funded.

“Our mandate is to initiate, promote and implement programs and projects that address the socio-economic needs of the Veterans and to keep the history of the national liberation struggle alive,” Sinalumbu said.