Youth Project in Clean-up Campaign

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By William J. Mbangula Oshakati Namibia Breweries, as part of its social responsibility to promote environmental cleanliness has donated T-shirts to the People’s Health Project (PHP) which will be used during environmental educational and awareness campaigns. Namibia Breweries Head of Corporate Communications Patricia Hoeksema said the donation of 55 T-shirts worth N$2 000 is a token of motivation and appreciation to the clean up campaign of the PHP local settlements. “Last year, we visited the North to make an assessment on how best we can find a partner who can spearhead a cleaning campaign in the community. Through the assistance of the local authorities, we were advised to approach PHP which we found to be suitable for the task,” she said. Hoeksema noted that the assistance was given as part of the Namibia Breweries’ two-way social responsibility, namely to ensure responsible alcohol consumption and environmental cleanliness. Such assistance, she pointed out, will also be provided to other deserving community-based organisations as well as local authorities that are prepared to work in partnership with Namibia Breweries. “We do not impose our will on the people but we work through partnership by motivating and encouraging what is already there. Nami-bia Breweries is especially focusing on the removal of used empty bottles from the communities and to transport them to South Africa for recycling. This is one area where we need assistance.” The PHP is a youth project (employed and unemployed) which was started in 2001 with the main purpose of creating awareness in terms of environmental degradation and disease prevention for diseases like polio, TB and HIV/Aids. With regard to the HIV/Aids pandemic, the project will soon appoint a full-time counsellor to operate from the newly constructed offices in Oneshila location. According to the PHP coordinator Joseph Ashipala, much of the assistance which sustained them not only to erect the building but also to run the daily affairs came from the Africa Group of Sweden, Bank Windhoek, IBIS, Namdeb, Namibia Nature Foundation, Yelula HIV/Aids Project and Oshakati Pharmacy. Currently, the well-equipped PHP office is run by two volunteers. During the polio mass vaccination campaign, said Ashipala, his project had provided volunteers to help in combating of the disease. The project has about 44 members and 300 affiliated members operating in the Oshana region alone and focuses on school environment awareness campaign clubs at Mweshipandeka, Gabriel Taapopi and Oshakati secondary schools. Since its inception, the PHP has launched annual cleaning campaigns thrice a year. This year, the campaign will focus on the locations of Evululuko, Oneshila and Uupindi. Some of the clean up campaigns are done in conjunction with the local authorities.