THE process to help more than 350 000 residents of the two Kavango regions that have been worst hit by the devastating drought in the country are being have started.
Lisa Johnson, the Ambassador of the United States joined representatives of the UN World Food Programme, the Governor of Kavango East and officials of the Office of the Prime Minister to deliver several tons of maize meal, beans, vegetable oil, and salt to Namibians among those hit worst by the drought.
According to a statement by the U.S. Embassy in Windhoek it is the first food assistance of a total of N$130 million in drought relief committed by the United States to the Namibian people.
“This food assistance will alleviate hardship for tens of thousands of Namibians in Kavango East and West. The United States is delivering on its promise to help Namibia through the drought. In the next six months, U.S. food assistance will help more than 350 000 Namibians,” Ambassador Johnson said.
The Ambassador, accompanied by the UN World Food Programme Country Director, BaiMankay Sankoh, the Kavango East Governor, Samuel Mbambo, and the Executive Director of the Office of the Prime Minister, I-Ben Nashandi distributed an initial tranche of food assistance to Likwaterera and Neyuva Villages in Kavango East.
The N$130 million committed by the United States is the largest drought-assistance commitment by a foreign government to Namibia. The funding is provided by PEPFAR and the USAID Food for Peace program.