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ECHO donates N$4m to Namibian drought

Mon, 2 September 2013 23:53
by Linekela Halwoodi
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The Kavango, Ohangwena, Oshikoto and Kunene Region will benefit from a generous (EURO 300 000) N$4 044 000 that was donated to the Humanitarian Assistance to drought affected communities in Namibia by Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department. The donation was made through the Namibian Red Cross Society and is supposed to provide food security for up to 2000 people in the affected regions.

Namibia Red Cross will set up a soup kitchen programme which was set up for vulnerable population groups that were most in need of the assistance especially children, pregnant women, elderly people and the disabled. The programme will be in areas that have been identified by the Namibia Red Cross in consultation with the local authorities. ECHO is aiming at reaching more people with the programme. The programme is also going to train volunteers in food security and programme management as part of this ECHO funded action.

This comes in addition to an on-going ECHO contract with the Spanish and Namibian Red Cross of EUR 410,000 which aims at aiding the disaster preparedness of communities and the coordination of the sector.

The Ambassador of the European Union Delegation, Raúl Fuentes Milani, said that "When disaster strikes simple actions are needed to relieve the needs of the most vulnerable quickly; in the longer term, however, there is a need to find more sustainable answers to mitigate the impact of climate change to livestock and crop production."  

This donation was made through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the drought which is presumed to continue to the following year.

This follows the last donation made in August by the Commonwealth nations that presented a N$20 000 cheque to the Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob last week.