The fight against homelessness gains momentum as more corporate companies join MTC’s initiative
Power utility Nampower, the UNFPA, and SCE Consultant Engineers became the latest corporates to join the fight against homelessness as they pledged their support in the MTC Knockout project scheduled for 3 October.
Nampower, without endorsing any personality, bolstered the project with N$50,000. Speaking at the sponsorship handover, Managing Director, Kahenge Simson Haulofu said that, among others, the pandemic is exacerbating the situation, and it will require collaborations from corporates to curb the plight of homelessness.
“Some of our homeless citizens are hard hit especially by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many who have already been living with financial pressures are at serious risk of being pushed over the brink into homelessness as a result of the outbreak if we as corporates do not provide the necessary support.”
Dennia Gayle, UNFPA Representative to Namibia expressed that countries can only develop if they protect their human capital.
“Development becomes pointless if we do not protect our human capital. It is our human capital who can build this country, and they should not be homeless,” said Gayle, while commending the initiative.
UNFPA endorsed personality, Deputy Minister of ICT, Emma Theofelus who is very active and vocal in fighting social ills, especially those affecting women and children was part of the MTC Knockout project last year, and continues to extend her support to the project.
“My interest in this project lies particularly in the homelessness of children, and most especially the Namibian girl child. Being a woman in this country is quite hard and I can only imagine how hard it is to be a homeless woman. That is why I thank UNFPA for endorsing me, and MTC for this great initiative,” said Theofelus.
Meanwhile SCE Consultant Engineers also made a contribution of N$20,000 to the cause.
MTC’s Chief Human Capital and Corporate Affairs Officer, Tim Ekandjo thanked the corporates who have come on board, and called on more corporates to join the fight against homelessness in the country.
The online viewing tickets are available on MTC service menu by dialing *682#, selecting ‘Bundles’ option, followed by option 5 “Knockout” and a ‘Yes’ confirmation at a cost of N$50. This give the buyer a return SMS with their Login details for the show, zero rated.
The online ticket is zero rated, this means that once you have purchased the online ticket, all you need is access to a smart device/laptop/computer and no data charges will apply to watch the concern online on the 03 October.
Those who wish to watch it live from the theatre will be charged N$500. You can also choose to donate, by sending the word “Knockout” to 222 at a cost of N$20 and all proceeds will go to assisting the homeless.