Fishing company delivers on promise

Naimi Lyankova Sinkeva, a single mother of six who lived in a makeshift structure, now has her own home.

15 July 2020 | Social Issues

KENYA KAMBOWE

KASOTE

A fishing company has delivered on its promise to build a home for a poverty-stricken family of seven at Kasote village in Kavango West.

Two weeks ago, Teya Investment Number 20 pledged N$10 000 towards the construction of a proper shelter for Naimi Lyankova Sinkeva (35), a single mother of six who lived in a makeshift structure made from plastic bags, rusted corrugated iron and cloth.

Sinkeva and her six children now have a home.

“I am no longer living in that structure that looked like a chicken coup,” Sinkeva said yesterday, thanking the company for the donation.

One of the company's directors, Sikongo Haihambo, said they helped Sinkeva and her family as part of their corporate social responsibility to the community.

“We need to assist the needy, especially in the regions which have been flagged by the National Statistics Authority. We will come back and help more families in need,” Haihambo said.

No documents

Sinkeva and her children also do not have identity documents, which means they cannot benefit from the government grants given to vulnerable members of society.

Haihambo said he was informed that a number of stakeholders are now involved in helping the family register for documents.

Some of Sinkeva's children, aged between six and 18, live with relatives at Silikunga village in the Mpungu constituency.

Abandoned

Sinkeva and four of her children live on her brother's plot.

She struggles to feed her family, as she is unemployed, while the fathers of her children have abandoned her.

In fact, her lastborn, who is six years old, has never met his father, she said.

The family relies on food bought by Sinkeva's mother, who is a pensioner, and her brother, who is a security guard in Rundu.

Sinkeva shared that not only have the fathers of her children abandoned them, but she doesn't know any of their relatives.

She said the father of her seven-year-old and 11-year-old children deserted her at Karibib, where they lived together.

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