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Etunda clinic joins primary school

From the left, Otavi Mayor Markus Damaseb, Dr. Sam Nujoma, Hans-Wilhelm Schütte, MD of Ohorongo Cement, Ohorongo chairman Gerhard Hirth, Ben Hauwanga of BH Motor Spares, Prof. Dr. Heinz Maier representing Support e.V. Ulm and Otavi Regional Councillor Ndepewa Nambili.

From the left, Otavi Mayor Markus Damaseb, Dr. Sam Nujoma, Hans-Wilhelm Schütte, MD of Ohorongo Cement, Ohorongo chairman Gerhard Hirth, Ben Hauwanga of BH Motor Spares, Prof. Dr. Heinz Maier representing Support e.V. Ulm and Otavi Regional Councillor Ndepewa Nambili.

Dr Sam Nujoma’s dream of establishing a school and a clinic on his farm Etunda in the Otavi district, progressed past another key milestone last week when the ground was broken for the foundations of the clinic. Construction of the school complex has started earlier this year and is progressing according to schedule. The clinic forms the second phase of this project which, once completed, will become assets of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health and Social Services respectively.

The founding father officiated personally welcoming all the dignitaries from the Otavi Regional Council and the respresentatives of the group Support e.V. in Ulm, Germany, whose support is instrumental to make the combined project a reality. “I have always said that education is the key to knowledge and power, hence my decision to donate a portion of the land on my farm for the construction of a Primary School and a Clinic to give the children of commercial farm’s workers in this district and surrounding areas an opportunity to attend school” said Dr Nujoma adding “furthermore, I maintain that for people to participate effectively in education they need to be in good health. It is only when people are healthy that they can contribute to the socio-economic development of our country.” The clinic is built adjacent to the school to provide first aid and health care services to school going children, as well as to workers from farms in the district.  “Indeed, upon completion, the school will accommodate many children of farm labourers in Otavi District who do not have access to education, because their parents cannot afford to send them to boarding schools elsewhere.” Breaking down the financing, Dr Nujoma said “In this regard, we need substantial resources to complete this project. I am pleased that some private individuals and public entities have come on board by donating building materials and cash.  So far, we have received 34 tons of cement from the Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust; over N$400,000 from the Namport Social Fund and roofing material from Madam Stina of First Wall Properties, just to mention but a few.” TheSupport e.V Group from Ulm in Germany will contribute medical equipment for the clinic to the value of N$600,000.

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