No more cold nights

04 July 2019 | Local News

A family of five at Kayeura village in Kavango West's Musese constituency no longer have to face the cold winter nights in a makeshift structure, after Good Samaritans constructed a shack for them.

Last month Namibian Sun reported how 79-year-old Kornelia Sindimba, her three grandchildren and three-week-old great-granddaughter have had to endure living in a structure made of pieces of a mosquito net, maize meal sacks and plastic.





The Musese constituency office, the office of Kavango West governor Sirkka Ausiku and the Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) regional leadership all reacted to the story, which led to the family now having a better roof over their heads.

They previously slept in a two-metre by two-metre makeshift structure, in which there was no bed or anything else, apart from a cloth lying on the ground.

Dogs and chickens could move freely into their structure, as one could see the sky from inside, making the rain and cold unbearable.

However, they are now sleeping in their new shack on mattresses that were also donated by the Good Samaritans.

The family also received food and blankets.

Ausiku also managed to track down Nedimbo Andreas Mbanze, Sindimba's 45-year-old son.

Mbanze, who was working on a farm, was encouraged to go back home and assist his mother and relatives.

Namibian Sun previously reported that Sindimba's children had not visited her for a number of years, leaving her to suffer with her grandchildren.

Sindimba said that she is very grateful.

“I am very happy about what has happened. I have been suffering for many years and prayed that one day I will be assisted, and something positive has happened. We can now sleep in peace and warm under the blankets. A very big thank you to those that made the donations,” Sindimba said.

Namibian Sun previously reported that Sindimba does not benefit from government's monthly pension grant, as she was yet to collect her ID.

However, during a recent visit she proudly showed off her ID and said she will be receiving her monthly pension grant from October.

According to her ID she was born on 12 October 1959.

However, this contradicts her Catholic baptism card, which indicates that she was born on 28 February 1940.

She said she is prepared to wait until October so that she start receiving her pension grant, which she will use to uplift her family and better their lives.

KENYA KAMBOWE