On Monday, 8th of November 2021, Namib Mills donated 7.5 tonnes (7,500 kg) of reCo instant maize meal sachets worth N$ 205,300.00 to the office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare. The donation amounts to 100,000 vitamin enriched meals.
The donation was handed over by Mr. Ian Collard, Chief Executive Officer of Namib Mills and received by the Right Honourable Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, as well as Honorable Doreen Sioka. Mr. Collard commended the two esteemed offices for the valuable work they do for the marginalized communities, primarily for vulnerable children in Namibia.
The people least resilient to the challenges of economic hardships are those that are living under vulnerable conditions, and it is for this reason that Namib Mills developed the vitamin enriched instant maize product as a response to the pandemic considering the serious repercussions experienced globally.
Right Honourable Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila thanked Mr. Collard for the generous donation and commended Namib Mills for setting an example in the private sector. She further called upon all stakeholders to join resources in order for Namibia to make it through the hardships. She also referred to the new Nutrition Policy and said that support to marginalized and poor households offer a prospect of breaking the cycle of poverty.
Namib Mills maintains that despite concerted efforts, sufficient nutrition is still a challenge for some Namibians. Donations such as these will not solve the underlying causes of malnutrition in the country but will provide relief for the people to survive their daily lives. According to the Global Nutrition Report of 2020, in Namibia 22.7% of children under 5 years are underdeveloped. In order that no one is left behind, Namibia needs a strategized multi-stakeholder approach to ensure that everyone will have access to an affordable and nutritious diet.
The donated products are especially fitted to curb malnutrition and promote health. Honorable Doreen Sioka, Minister of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, said the Namib Mill’s donation came at the right time and that her Ministry will make sure that the donation reaches the pre-school children that are most in need.