Namibia hands over N$7.4 m for Haiti

Windhoek- Namibia has handed over R7.4 million to Haiti to help ease the suffering of the people there following the January earthquake which killed more than 200 000 people and left millions homeless. The money was raised from the Namibian community through fundraising campaigns spearheaded by the Namibia Red Cross Society in partnership with mobile phone service operator MTC. The Secretary General of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Alasan Senghore received the money from the Secretary General of the Red cross society, Dorkas Kapembe- Haiduwa. More than half of the money came from the Namibian government. “Our aim was loud and clear, to support the ongoing relief work in Haiti through the international Red Cross Society and Red Crescent,” Kapembe-Haiduwa said. She urged the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to continue advocating for prevention and mitigation of similar disasters in the whole world. “We hope to see more efforts going towards prevention than relief operations, so that many lives are saves from onset.” Senghore who received the cheque on behalf of the Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent said the money will be use to save lives of survivors, protect livelihoods and strengthen recovery from the disaster. “Friends, your support will go a long way towards helping the people of Haiti recover form this catastrophe-a disaster that our secretary general has called the worst in living memory,” he said.

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