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IDENTITY: Dr Abeje Zegeye of USAID Namibia, home affairs ministry deputy executive director Jackson Wandjva and Nanyemba Katamba, deputy chief of party at Project Hope. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED
IDENTITY: Dr Abeje Zegeye of USAID Namibia, home affairs ministry deputy executive director Jackson Wandjva and Nanyemba Katamba, deputy chief of party at Project Hope. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

Outreach programme helps undocumented orphans

Almost a dozen orphans receive birth certificates
Project Hope Namibia (PHN) is targeting more than 4 800 orphans and vulnerable people who lack identity documents. 
Elizabeth Joseph
The home affairs ministry, in partnership with the United States government, has implemented an outreach programme focused on registering undocumented Namibians.

Project Hope Namibia (PHN) specifically targets over 4 800 orphans and vulnerable people who lack identity documents.

During the keynote address last week, the ministry's deputy executive director, Jackson Wandjiva, said Namibia has demonstrated its commitment to ensure that all Namibians have access to services.

"This will help make sure that persons born in Namibia are registered and documented to allow them to exercise their constitutional rights and have access to services such as education, healthcare, banking, social grants, and freedom of movement," he said.

Identity confirmed

At the event on Friday, close to a dozen orphans received their first birth certificates.

The registration campaign started in late August and will end on 23 September, covering the Omusati, Khomas Oshikoto, Ohangwena, Oshana, Zambezi, and the Kavango East and West regions.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) representative, Dr Abeje Zegeye, said the collaborative work will help undocumented vulnerable children.

"For that, we thank the Namibian government for its unwavering support of this endeavour," he said.

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Namibian Sun 2022-12-04

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