French support to flood victims in Namibia - 19 May 2011 [fr]
French support of 0.5 million NADs to flood victims in Namibia through the Namibian Red Cross Society
On Thursday, 19th May 2011, an agreement was signed between H.E. Mr. Jean-Louis Zoël, Ambassador of France to Namibia and the Hon. Andimba Toivo Ya Toivo, Patron of the Namibian Red Cross Society, by which the Ambassador of France handed over to the Namibian Red Cross Society a contribution from the French Government aimed towards meeting the needs of communities in the North and North East of Namibia affected by the recent floods likely to be considered the worst recorded in Namibian history.
In his remarks, H.E. Mr. Jean-Louis Zoël conveyed the condolences and sympathy of the people of France to the bereaved families and to the victims of the devastation who suffered displacement, injury, loss of property and severe reduction of crop yields.
The contribution amounts to 50,000 Euros (490,196.08 N$) and will be allocated to the purchase and distribution of basic humanitarian needs, particularly in water sanitation and health care.
The French Ambassador said he was fully convinced that the Namibian Red Cross would make the best possible use of this financial support, in close coordination with the Office of the Prime Minister. Indeed, in 2009, the Embassy already partnered with the Namibian Red Cross in similar circumstances. Today’s grant will supplement other donations and pledges of assistance in view of the on-going needs of the still displaced families and their continued suffering in spite of the fact that the floods have begun to recede.
France is proud to stand by Namibia, assist it in difficult times and share its feelings of solidarity towards the Namibian people./.