Rehoboth Baster Community

Rehoboth Trust Tackles Poverty

Published by Jul 19, 2004

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A non-profit and developmental initiative, Rehoboth Community Trust (RCT), established to address the plight and interests of Rehoboth residents, was launched recently.

The trust will look into issues such as poverty alleviation, job creation, income generation projects, development, tourism business development, investment, and town infrastructure upgrading.

Under the auspices of the Rehoboth traditional authority, led by Captain John McNab, the idea was born with the multiple vision of transforming the mindset of all Rehoboth residents and to make them aware of all challenges facing them now and in the future.

Welcoming residents and guests at the launch, McNab said: "We are about to launch the trust that will be looking into the plight of our people and town. Through the trust we will address our problems and challenges of the day and the future."

He said government has created opportunities for each and every one to deal with his or her problems and to serve the interests of all Namibians at all levels " and Rehoboth is no exception.

On behalf of his people, McNab noted, the Rehoboth people are eager to institute aggressive campaigns to address poverty, hunger and unemployment, including other issues such as lack of income generation, disease and alcohol abuse.

McNab said the trust is an initiative that will increase the control of local community members and enable them to be in charge of their destiny. At the local authority level, the trust will strive to establish entrepreneurship activities for all the people of Rehoboth.

Minister of Regional, Local Government and Housing, Joel Kaapanda, in his message pre-sented by his special advisor (traditional authority affairs) Bishop Hendrick Frederik, said the government and his ministry in particular had demonstrated their commitment towards participatory democracy and sustainable development.

"We have embarked upon a social contract in terms of which power is being taken from central government to the people at the lower end of the socio economic ladder," Kaapanda .

Better governance means greater participation, coupled with accountability, to fulfil the aspirations of the voting masses " still the Ministry's ultimate passion, said Kaapanda.

He urged trustees to take the needs and challenges of the people of the town at heart, warning further that being trustees is not an easy task because it demands visionary leadership and a will to sustain such vision in the interests of the people and betterment of the whole community.

Kaapanda further requested trustees to take stock of the needs of all Rehoboth residents: the youth, elderly and women, including those suffering from the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

"Lead these beautiful diverse members of your community into the era of economic prosperity and self-reliance and give them a sense of belonging," he added.

The Minister requested the trustees not to lose sight of the real issues facing Rehoboth.

Kaapanda noted that the trustees' yardstick in this regard should meet the tenets of fair distribution of wealth in which the communities of Rehoboth would participate in the mainstream of prosperity and self-reliance.

"Thus, it might be helpful in this endeavour to marry the value of partnership approaches and an implicit endorsement of the rights-based approaches to development," he noted.

Kaapanda said the trustees must keep their focus onto the basic notions of effectiveness and efficiency, while not under-grading the values of quality and sustainable delivery of a needs-based service to the community.

The trust, according to Kaapanda, should allow itself to be guided by the well-vested principles of nation-building, responsibility, accountability, transparency and responsiveness to the needs of the envisaged beneficiaries. This, he said, would be in line with the government's policy of creating an enabling environment that is conducive to the enjoyment of socio-economic and cultural prosperity, said Kaapanda.

"Members of the community must come forth with projects shaping their own communities for their own social, cultural and economic prosperity. You must remember that development is and shall never be the sole and exclusive responsibility of the government of the day," Kaapanda argued.

The property and contract company OB Davids Properties donated N$50 000 to the trust. Some companies and individuals promised to forward their contributions later.

Source: New Era