Northern regions recovering from floods receive N$ 350k in food assistance

On Tuesday, 4 April 2023, Governors of the Oshana and Ohangwena Regions Elia Irimari and Walde Ndevashiya received food items valued at N$350 000 from Bank Windhoek and the Capricorn Foundation to help northern communities affected by floods as they recover from the ordeal experienced in the northern part of Namibia earlier this year. The donations were equally divided between the two regions. 

In their acceptance remarks, both Governors welcomed the donations. They agreed that even though the flood waters are subsidising, the affected people need assistance to get them back on their feet as they face the imminent forecasted drought equally. “We are grateful for this kind gesture and look forward to working together for our people," said Irimari. Ndevashiya echoed Irimari's sentiments and assured Bank Windhoek and the Capricorn Foundation that their offices would urgently distribute the food items to the affected communities.  

Bank Windhoek's Head of Stakeholder Engagement, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sponsorships, Bronwyn Moody, said that the Bank believes that businesses can only survive by giving back to the communities in which they operate. “As connectors of positive change, a proud member of Capricorn Group, Bank Windhoek and together with the Capricorn Foundation, are pleased to be able to play our part in alleviating the effect of the recent floods in the Oshana and the Ohangwena Regions," she said.

Moody added that as the Bank journeys together to play its part in nation-building, Bank Windhoek recognise the effects of climate change on Namibia's most vulnerable communities and hopes that the gesture makes a difference. She concluded by thanking the Oshana and Ohangwena Governor's Regional Offices, the Bank Windhoek Oshakati and Ongwediva branches, who worked together to identify the community's needs.

Moody was accompanied by the Bank's Head of Public Sector, Shali Shindume; Bank Windhoek Regional Manager: Far North, Ellise-Ruusa Christof; Oshakati Branch Manager, Frieda Beukes; Members of the Bank Windhoek Oshakati and Ondangwa Branches and the Bank's Strategic Communication Specialist, Samuel Linyondi. The Bank delivered the donations in Oshakati and Oshikango on the same day. 

During the northern floods, it was reported that 2190 people were affected by the floods, with 582 people whose houses were submerged in water and 1608 people whose homes were partially submerged. The Oshana and the Ohangwena Regions were mainly affected

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