WINDHOEK – The SOS Children’s Village has once again come to the rescue of the urban poor by donating three hand sewing machines and material equipment valued N$8 561 to residents of the One Nation informal settlement.
The donation went to the Kambadara Sewing Project.
John Fredricks, a programme leader at SOS Children’s Village, officiated at the donation ceremony that was attended by Zulu Shitongeni, the councillor of the Tobias Hainyeko Constituency.
The Kambadara Sewing Project has 23 caregivers for orphans and vulnerable children.
It was the caregivers who initiated the sewing project to raise much-needed funds for the orphans and vulnerable children.
The SOS Children’s Village was the charity organisation that responded to the need. Ombili location did not have a community development project since independence. One Nation residents are discontented with the supply of power and water in the settlement.
They say water taps are located far from their shacks, while there is no electricity at the informal settlement.
“For us these materials will be our weapons to fight for unemployment and poverty in our community of One Nation. This is development you have created in our community of One Nation. We do not have projects in our community apart from a kindergarten.
This is the first project we have in our area,” said Laurencia Shiwoko the chairperson of Kambandara Project.
Shiwoko also expressed gratitude for the training provided by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare to the women doing the sewing, on how to manage a small business.
“This to us means a lot as women, we do not need to sit at home and wait for men to bring bread home, but we can also do something now to put bread on the table,” she said.