Hage calls for private sector to assist in combating poverty
His Excellency,President Hage Geingob officially handed over a donation of new residential house built by a Chinese company, to its recipients, the Hansen family, in fulfilment of a pledge he made.
The 8 roomed house situated in Wanaheda, Windhoek which cost N$600,000 was built by the Sun Investment Group, through the China-Namibia Loving Heart Organization over a period of 42 days.
The donation was a fulfilment of Geingob’s promise to deliver a residential house to the Stella Hansen family, who were evicted in 2007 from their home by the City of Windhoek and resorted to a temporary shelter at a local cemetery in Dolam until 2014, when then Prime Minister Geingob gave them an alternative shelter.
Addressing the gathering earlier this week, in Windhoek, Geingob said the donation might seem meaningless to some, but in-order to nip poverty in the bud we must be able to do this little by little.
“We should fight poverty together and join hands with the private sector. We must stop being greedy and we must start to share with the under privileged,” he said.
An emotional Stella Hansen (40) also gave a speech during the event, where she clearly was thankful for the project and donation.
“I still can not believe this. I feel like I am in a dream. Our house which was auctioned over a municipality debt in 2006, had been the only house we knew and grew up in. This is truly a dream come true receiving this donation and I do not know where to start,” she said, as tears of joy streamed down her face.
Chairman of Sun Investment Group Namibia, Jack Huang thanked the president for allowing Sun Group/ Namibia-Chinese Loving heart Organization to make their contribution towards improving the life of the Hansen Family.
“We hope the Namibian government will give us the opportunity to improve the lives of thousands of Namibians to affordable but decent housing , through this Mass housing Project,” Huang said.
“We are ready to participate in the development of the nation and contribute to the full-development of Namibia in various sectors with Namibians and companies towards the eradication of poverty,” he said.