SENIOR citizens who were living under abhorrent conditions at the Nomtsoub old age home received relief when their residence was upgraded and their living conditions significantly improved.
The old age home that shelters more than 20 destitute senior citizens of the town was for a long time in a deplorable condition with a leaking roof, cracked walls, broken doors and very old mattresses.
This state of affairs forced local residents to organize themselves, and they collected money and building materials to upgrade the dilapidated shelter.
This included purchasing 25 high quality mattresses, mattress protectors, fencing off the old age home, painting, fumigation, fixing of plumbing issues, fixing of ceilings and renovation of the dining hall. More than 50 blankets were also purchased.
According to Tsumeb Municipality spokesperson, Stella Imalwa-Nangolo the donation all went towards the upgrade of the old age home and provision of healthier living standards for the elderly in the community.
Imalwa-Nangolo, indicated that the people staying in the old age home has a responsibility to pay N$100 rent for the maintenance of the old age home. The minimal rental amount is meant to ensure the sustainability of the old age home in terms of sufficient food supply, need for a matron to take care of the old people and some full-time staff as well.
“Council will continue with stakeholder engagement for the economic and social welfare upliftment of the residents to ensure that there is a safe haven in Tsumeb for the destitute people especially the senior citizens,” she said.
The Yambeka Foundation Namibia started of raising funds since 2019 and early 2020 to towards the renovation of the Nomtsoub old age home.
“We are thrilled to have their support and to meet government half-way,” said Imalwa-Nangolo.
The contribution was made possible by a total of 44 individuals and the Tsumeb businesses community.