Donor agent hopeful WAD on the way to self-reliance

Donor agent hopeful WAD on the way to self-reliance

ABSALOM SHIGWEDHA WOMEN’S Action for Development’s main sponsor says it expects the organisation to stand on its own in the coming few years, even developing into a donor.

“WAD has a lot to offer. WAD should aim at becoming a distributor and donor rather than a receiver of aid,” Dr Wolfgang Maier, the representative of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Namibia, said at WAD’s 10th anniversary celebrations held in the capital on Friday.Maier said the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung would not support the women’s organisation forever.”We have had to gradually reduce our sponsorship, but we will not do it all of a sudden,” he added.Maier said his organisation would work with WAD for at least another two years to help it become self-sustainable.The Chairperson of the WAD Board of Directors, Reverend Nangula Kathindi, said without a front-line fighter for the cause of women, such as WAD, there would have been little hope for many women.”Now, however, WAD has brought that hope onto their horizons, but in the understanding that turning their hopes into tangible results was the essence of a partnership between WAD and the impoverished women themselves,” said Kathindi.She said women should realise that it was not a disgrace to be poor, but that it was shameful not to fully utilise opportunities which came their way.Kathindi said such opportunities were like those WAD offered to improve women’s lives in rural areas.She said WAD had empowered women to break free from cultural oppression and to tackle poverty and its humiliation in a battle for supremacy.The record, she added, “proves that numerous women today proudly run successful income-generating projects, while they even nurture higher aspirations”.WAD should aim at becoming a distributor and donor rather than a receiver of aid,” Dr Wolfgang Maier, the representative of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Namibia, said at WAD’s 10th anniversary celebrations held in the capital on Friday.Maier said the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung would not support the women’s organisation forever.”We have had to gradually reduce our sponsorship, but we will not do it all of a sudden,” he added.Maier said his organisation would work with WAD for at least another two years to help it become self-sustainable.The Chairperson of the WAD Board of Directors, Reverend Nangula Kathindi, said without a front-line fighter for the cause of women, such as WAD, there would have been little hope for many women.”Now, however, WAD has brought that hope onto their horizons, but in the understanding that turning their hopes into tangible results was the essence of a partnership between WAD and the impoverished women themselves,” said Kathindi.She said women should realise that it was not a disgrace to be poor, but that it was shameful not to fully utilise opportunities which came their way.Kathindi said such opportunities were like those WAD offered to improve women’s lives in rural areas.She said WAD had empowered women to break free from cultural oppression and to tackle poverty and its humiliation in a battle for supremacy.The record, she added, “proves that numerous women today proudly run successful income-generating projects, while they even nurture higher aspirations”.

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