A Chinese business community-based at Oshikango in the northern part of Namibia this week donated “four-in-one love packages” to the Helao Nafidi Town Council to help needy households in the area to ward off the impact of COVID-19.
The 760 love packages valued at 117,350 Namibian dollars (7000 U.S. dollars) consist maize, cooking oil, brown sugar and elbows pasta.
Jacky Gao, a representative of the Chinese business community in Oshikango, said that the donated items were distributed to 760 households facing socio-economic difficulties as a result of COVID-19.
“We learned that some relatively poor families had no source of income. We contacted the town council in time to donate food love packages to households in need. We can only defeat this pandemic battle if each one of us unites and rejects prejudice,” said Gao.
According to Gao, the donation by the Chinese business community is also in response to the Chinese embassy’s call for “Caring for Namibia is caring for ourselves” drive.
“In response, the Northwest Anti-epidemic Leadership Group launched a charitable initiative. The overseas Chinese businesses from northwest cities participated voluntarily. Furthermore, the activity is based on each northwest city, whereby Chinese businesses in the city donate voluntarily regardless of the amount of money,” he said.
A total of 69 Chinese businesses participated and contributed to the Oshikango donation.
Meanwhile, Eliaser Nghipangelwa, mayor of Helao Nafidi Town Council, said that the donation would alleviate hunger and improve the nutrition of many households in the area.
“We commend the Chinese business community in this area for extending love to the people of Namibia and us all during this difficult time. Indeed, the donation meets government half-way in addressing social challenges,” he said.
In the interim, Gao said it is envisaged that more northwest cities will donate love parcels to benefit more locals.
Namibia has recorded 55 cases of COVID-19, of which 19 cases have recovered. Enditem