OM’s COVID-19 food outreach initiative lands in Oshana Region
Old Mutual delivered food parcels to the value of N$109,174 that will benefit 180 households in the Oshana region this week.
The handover took place at the Office of the Governor in Oshakati, marking Old Mutuals’ support to the 12th region in the country as part of its Covid-19 Food Outreach.
The office of the Governor and the Oshana Regional Council have identified individuals in all 11 constituencies of the region that are in dire need of basic food items to benefit from this donation. This brings the total value of Old Mutual’s Food Outreach nationally to N$ 1,445,774 supporting 2857 individuals in 12 regions to date.
During the handover, Old Mutual Northern Region Sales Manager Ruben Nikanor, stated that “as a responsible and caring business that has been serving Namibians for the past 100 years, Old Mutual will continue to fulfil its commitment as a certain friend in uncertain times”.
He noted that the Oshana region is well known for its prominent landscape features in the area, namely the shallow, seasonally inundated depressions which underpin the local agro ecological system. Although public services are hindered during the rainy season, the fish which breed in the oshanas provide an important source of dietary protein, but like other regions, many people are suffering due to poverty, increasing unemployment and other social challenges.
Nikanor further extended his appreciation to the Governor’s Office and the Regional Council who have played an important role in identifying nutritionally balanced food parcels and handling the storage and distributing process responsibly.
Also in attendance at the handover event was Hon. Elia Irimari, Governor of Oshana Region, who extended a word of gratitude to Old Mutual on behalf of the people of the region.
Old Mutual is anticipating to conclude the roll-out plan in the remaining 2 regions by the end of this week in consultation with the lead Ministry’s National Health Emergency Management Committee as their key partner.
In March this year, Old Mutual made a commitment of N$5 million towards COVID-19 prevention efforts of which N$1 million was set aside for food supplies to benefit affected vulnerable individuals and communities across all the 14 regions in our country.
Caption: From left to right: Jonas Kapenda, Director of Finance and Administration representing the Chief Regional Officer; Honourable Elia Irimari, Governor of the Oshana Region (standing centre); Ruben Nikanor, National Sales Manager, Northern regions, Old Mutual.