KARASBURG: A total of 163 elderly people facing hunger at the town of Karasburg in the Karas Region received food donations at the Karasburg Constituency office on Thursday.
The Karasburg Primary School’s feeding programme also received food such as tomatoes, cabbages and game meat to feed children who do not have food at home.
Each elderly person received two plastic bags filled with vegetables and springbok meat.
The donations resulted from a Nampa article published in local newspapers in June this year, stating that many elderly people and schoolchildren in the Karasburg district are suffering from hunger.
The Namibia Development Corporation (NDC) and the Haakiesdoring company gave a combined N.dollars 6 500 to the constituency office to buy food for needy people.
The Karas Regional Council (KRC) provided the game meat, while the Lüderitz Town Council also donated boxes of fish earlier.
A football tournament sponsored by the Puma Construction Company held at Noordoewer in July this year, also raised about N.dollars 12 000 that was used to buy foodstuff distributed to needy people here.
Speaking at the food distribution event, Karasburg Constituency Councillor Paulus Ephraim said these people have no food because they have no source of income, and in some cases are aged younger than 60, which is the age when Namibians become eligible for State pensions.
The Government’s drought relief programme does not reach them because it mostly caters for people in rural areas, while some needy people stay in urban areas.
Ephraim is mostly concerned about children raised by elderly people with no source of income, and they all end up sleeping on empty stomachs, saying the situation impacts negatively on children’s education and future.
“I warn all the young people who dump their children with their grandparents and turn a blind eye, to stop that practice. They must at least provide food for their children and their parents if they want children,” the councillor said.
Ephraim thanked all those who came through to assist the needy people, but repeated his call for more food donations, as a number of people in nearby settlements such as Warmbad and Grünau are also affected.
“Please come help our elders and children. The farmers can help with meat and vegetables, money and anything that you can give,” he pleaded.