WAD sponsored to help the jobless
Established in 1994, Women’s Action for Development is a self-help organisation which follows a two-pronged programme, namely the socio-economic and socio-political empowerment of rural women and men. Close to 3000 unemployed and unskilled individuals were trained and graduated in various fields offered by the project such as computer literacy, office administration, hospitality, catering, horticulture, and many others.
The sponsorship will be used to train unemployed people in the Caprivi, Otjozondjupa, Hardap and Karas Regions. Speaking at the handover ceremony, Old Mutual’s Human Resources Executive, Patricia Olivier applauded the work WAD is doing to assist in building a stronger and more sustainable nation through its programmes. She said since 2007, Old Mutual has contributed in excess N$373,000 to the project and is pleased to note that the project has gone from strength to strength.
“Old Mutual knows that this non-profit organisation has contributed significantly to addressing the extensive unemployment dilemma through training programmes in all 13 regions and we know that you are worthy custodian of this money,” said Olivier. Speaking at the same occasion, Women’s Action for Development Executive Director, Veronica de Klerk thanked Old Mutual for enabling them to improve the living standards of the marginalized people through the corporate support to implement the programmes across the country.” Helping Women’s Action for Development in this exemplary manner means helping the poor, the unemployed and marginalised to dramatically improve their chances of acquiring various skills which will enable them to find job placements in the labour market or to establish viable income-generating projects to become self-employed and sustained” said de Klerk.