WINDHOEK: The European Union (EU) Delegation to Namibia and the Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) will launch a Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Project for the Kunene, Ohangwena and Kavango regions on Tuesday.
The event is slated for the Mavanze village in the Kavango Region.
The aim of the project is to contribute to an improved health status through increased and sustained access to basic water and sanitation facilities, as well as improved hygiene practices in Namibia.
According to a media statement issued by the EU in Namibia’s Press and Information Officer Natasha Tibinyane on Friday, the project is supported under the Water Facility of the 10th European Development Fund and is managed by the Swedish Red Cross, with its partners, NRCS and the Belgium Red Cross.
The NRCS will be implementing the project over a period of four years.
The total budget of the project is around N.dollars 38.5 million, of which the EU contributes N.dollars 25 million.
The Swedish Red Cross is contributing N.dollars 8.4 million and the Belgium Red Cross, N.dollars 5.1 million.
The objectives of this project are in line with the International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent societies (IFRC) water and sanitation objectives for Global Water and Sanitation Initiatives (GWSI).
The GWSI emphasises community participation in project design and implementation, low-cost and low-technology options where appropriate, and advocacy for the most vulnerable.
The project is line with the Water Supply and Sanitation Policy of 2008 and it is implemented within the framework of the National Sanitation Strategy 2011-2015.
The project will also contribute towards ensuring environmental sustainability and achieving Vision 2030.
NRCS Secretary-General Dorkas Kapembe-Haiduwa was quoted in the statement as saying that this project aims to empower communities by giving them the tools, information and resources they need to become more resilient.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Namibia Red Cross Society and the success of this project will rely on community acceptance and participation, led by a force of volunteers trained to promote improved hygiene practices in their communities,” said Kapembe-Haiduwa.