The Pupkewitz Foundation donated food items worth N$65,000.00 towards the current drought condition that was declared as a “State of Emergency” by the President His Excellency Dr Hage Geingob on Tuesday, 07 May 2019. The donation was received by the Governor of the Kunene Region, Honourable Marius Sheya. The donation that comprised of 180 bags of 25kg Mahangu Maize Meal, 960 fish tins and 360 bottles of cooking oil was deployed to the Kunene Region through the regional governor’s office. The region is the most affected by the drought in terms of livestock; having lost over 12 200 head of cattle, sheep and goats during the last six months.
The Pupkewitz Foundation has always been a key participant in supporting drought/flood relief initiatives for the past 10 years. The foundation through the Namibian Red Cross Society provided 9 soup kitchens with meals, feeding over 3500 vulnerable individuals, and also established 4 community gardens.
Furthermore, the Pupkewitz Foundation has supplemented the government through the Office of the Prime Minister with drought relief parcels from 2012 to 2015 spending close to N$500,000 in that period alone.
The current drought is the worst as described by regional governors, with the cropping regions of Zambezi, Kavango East, Kavango West, Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena and Oshikoto being the hardest-hit.
The Prime Minister, Honourable Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila recently met with all the regional governors to discuss the way forward and on how to roll out the drought relief aid. The government has set aside N$570 million for this year’s drought relief.
“The Pupkewitz Foundation believes that the responsibility for the provision of what is needed and the vision we have for our societies, rests not only with the government, but with society itself, with ourselves.” Meryl Barry – CEO of the Pupkewitz Foundation.
Therefore, it is in such times that we stand alongside the government and take up our role as independent citizens of the Namibian community and support our brothers and sisters that are affected by the drought. There are so many ways one can assist in the drought conditions. What can you do as a Namibian citizen to support and aid in these current time of need? As the slogan of the Pupkewitz Foundation states, ‘STRONG ALONE, BUT UNSTOPPABLE TOGETHER.’