The German Embassy in Windhoek distributed almost EUR 200,000 to small projects in 2020. Of these, a total of 6 projects with a total of approx. EUR 25,670 (N$ 504,000) was granted for the purchase and distribution of food packages for most vulnerable communities; projects for the distribution of food packages are usually not possible according to the micro-project regulations. However, due to the consequences of the pandemic, additional funds were made available by the German government for emergency aid measures. This allowed for a rapid mitigation of severely affected communities in Namibia. Beneficiaries applied from different parts of Namibia, not only Windhoek was considered, but also places like Okahandja, Gobabis, Rehoboth, Mariental and Karasburg.
The remaining funds were used to support the following projects:
97,351.03 EUR (approx. N$ 1.9 million) went to the NGO “E.M.A. Rescue Services” for the purchase of a special equipped ambulance and medical equipment for better handling of Covid-19 cases; the medical service is foreseen especially for people in informal settlements who do not have health insurance and thus cannot afford the services of regular emergency vehicles, which need to be paid for. This specially equipped ambulance is also intended to support the Namibian Ministry of Health in combating the pandemic. Since the ambulance is produced abroad, the applicant expects the vehicle to be delivered at the end of March 2021. Medical equipment, which was also purchased with the funds, is already in use.
Approx. 8,735 EUR (N$ 180,000) from the micro project fund were used to purchase items and material to ensure the continuation of the valuable work of the “Light for the Children Foundation” in assisting vulnerable children and community members in Gobabis. The items purchased included hands free thermometers, masks and sanitizers for the daily use, as well as paint and Covid-19 display material for social distancing demarcation. To avoid the multiple use of educational material by all the learners, the foundation purchased projectors and screens for all eight classes to ensure a safe learning environment. Some of the classrooms were modified to allow the recommended air circulation, thus the minor structural changes consisted of building metal mesh on the outside of the windows and some doors in order to keep them open during lessons.
25,000 EUR (N$ 482,000) went into financing of an aquaponics community garden for food security in Khomasdal; the “Francis Free Life Charity Organization” used the funds to set-up an aquaponic garden; this community-garden structure is supposed to provide community members with the harvested products (various types of vegetables) and the fish bred for aquaponic cultures. A large greenhouse was built in which the aquaponic system is supplemented by raised beds to ensure a larger selection of vegetables. The project focuses on combating malnutrition and food insecurity and offers families and individuals to participate in the project. Street vendors in particular can buy vegetables here at reduced prices and those interested can learn more about aquaponics cultivation.
Approx. 2,300 EUR (N$ 45,000) were granted for workshops to develop strategies to combat gender-based violence (GBV) in the deaf community during Covid-19 in Windhoek, the workshop was offered by the Namibia National Association of the Deaf (NNAD)
- approx. 22,000 EUR (N$ 453,000) were granted to the “K’Nekongo Trust” from the Oshikoto Region, with which they financed a machine for the production of sanitary pads in Oshifukwa Village in Omuthiya - Oshikoto Region. The ”K’Negongo Trust“ has signed a MOE with the Ministry of Education that they will offer these pads at a lower price especially to schools in rural areas. These will benefit young girls from disadvantaged background, they will be able to afford the sanitary pads and in this way they can keep absenteeism due to menstrual cycles as low as possible. This will help to combat period poverty in Namibia.
- approx. 18,000 EUR (N$ 332,000) went into measures for the renovation and modernization of the only women's shelter “Friendly Haven” in Windhoek