Fishing firm rescues destitute family
01 July 2020 | Local News
A fishing company has come to the aid of a poverty-stricken family of seven at Kasote village in Kavango West.
Teya Investment Number 20 has committed N$10 000 towards the construction of a proper shelter for Naimi Lyankova Sinkeva (35), a single mother of six who currently resides in a makeshift structure made from plastic bags, corrugated iron and cloth, amongst other materials.
According to one of the company's directors and deputy secretary, Sikongo Haihambo, they lent a helping hand to Sinkeva and her family as part of their corporate social responsibility to the community.
“We learnt about their situation, which is very destitute. They have been living in a makeshift structure for more than two years.
“It is our obligation to assist the neediest in our community, so we have decided to put up a structure that is going to house her better with her children,” Haihambo said.
Some of Sinkeva's children, aged between six and 18, live with relatives at Silikunga village in the Mpungu constituency.
Sinkeva is accommodated on her brother's plot and lives with four of her children.
She also 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.
Abandoned, no national documents
Sinkeva shared that not only has the fathers of her children abandoned them, but she doesn't know any of their relatives.
She also shared how the father of her seven-year-old and 11-year-old children deserted her in Karibib, where the coupled lived together.
To make matters worse, Sinkeva and her children do not have national documents, which means they are unable to benefit from government grants.
Haihambo, however, indicated that Teya Investment Number 20 will also help the family get their documents.