Food for conservancy schools

In the face of criticism of Namibia’s communal conservancies and their lack of ability to deliver benefits to their communities, the N?a Jaqna Conservancy take the benefit distribution very seriously.

07 April 2019 | Disasters

In March food benefits were distributed to schools throughout the N≠a Jaqna Conservancy - the largest in the country and one of only two that are run by the San. During times of food-insecurity and drought, any form of assistance is welcome, especially for the most vulnerable – the children of the conservancy. Food supplies, including staples worth N$96 000 were distributed to 16 schools in the area during March 2019.

This is the second year that the conservancy has distributed food to local schools. The conservancy understands that even the basic food supplies are hard to come by for the schools, but that the children are a priority. The schools often feed the children and it is the only square meal a child might get. The N$6 000 worth of foodstuff each of the 16 schools received was gladly and enthusiastically received. The schools received oil, maize, soup, pasta and tinned fish. This food distribution makes a big difference in this highly impoverished area where children often depend on school food to stave off hunger.

Sarah Zungu, Chairperson of the N≠a Jaqna Conservancy said: “The community decided at our AGM that supplementing food in schools is a priority, so we are doing what we can. This distribution of food is a perfect example of a community helping out its most vulnerable members and providing direct benefits,” she said.

“We would be able to do more if we received more help from the authorities in dealing with the illegal land grabbing, fencing and grazing as this impacts on the land and resources available to our community to survive on. We are still waiting for the Land Board to implement the High Court Judgement of 2016 and do an audit of illegal fencing, but there is not action, we are really on our own here trying to support our community. ”

The conservancy will continue to support and help develop the community and its people

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