WINDHOEK: Ehanga Holdings on Tuesday donated basic necessities to the value of N.dollars 10 000 to the David //Khamuseb Primary School Hostel in the Kunene Region.
The school is situated on a farm 100 kilometres north-west of Outjo.
Items donated include blankets, mattresses, washing powder, toiletries and canned fish.
The fishing company, which processes both wet and frozen fish, made the donation to the San Development Programme under the auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) here.
Speaking during the handing-over of the donation here, Ehanga Holdings General Manager (GM) Karl //Gowaseb thanked the OPM for creating a platform with the private sector to improve the living conditions of marginalised communities.
“Children in rural hostels such as the David //Khamuseb Primary School Hostel mostly have parents with little economic means,” the Ehanga Holdings GM said.
He said the donation is a small token of the company’s social responsibility and at the same time, contributes to the most needy marginalised community members, in this case school-going San children.
//Gowaseb said his company purposefully identified a remote school in order to improve the living conditions of the children in its efforts to respond to a request from the OPM to the private sector for assistance in helping marginalised communities.
“Our targeted investment, particularly in this school, was also prompted by the fact that we went to see for ourselves how some of the children sleep on the ground in this cold weather,” he stated.
The GM said although the company faces many challenges, it will continue to commit itself to setting aside financial resources towards causes such as these.
//Gowaseb then encouraged other fishing companies to continue with targeted investments particularly in marginalised communities.
Receiving the donation on behalf of Deputy Prime Minister Marco Hausiku, Deputy Director of Special Projects in the OPM, Gerson Kamatuka, said the donation will go a long way in alleviating the plight of learners at the school.
“The San Development Project was established in 2005 and since then, many fishing companies have come forth to assist,” Kamatuka said.
The school has 141 learners in Grades One to Six, as well as a kindergarten.