Oonte Bottle Recycling Studio (Ondangwa 5 March 2011) [fr]
FRENCH SOCIAL FUND FOR DEVELOPMENT: SUPPORTING ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN NAMIBIA
From left to right: the Mayor of Ondangwa Town, Ronny Negonga ; Right Honorable Prime Minister, Nahas Angula; H.E. the Ambassador of France to Namibia, Jean-Louis Zoel; the Governor of Oshana, Honorable Clemens Kashuupulwa; tOonte’s Executive Director, Petrine Shiimi.
On 5 March 2011, Mr. Jean-Louis Zoël, Ambassador of France to Namibia, performed, jointly with Namibia’s Right Honorable Prime Minister, Nahas Angula, the official handover of Oonte’s Glass Bottle Recycling Studio in Ondangwa. Several additional distinguished guests also attended the function, including the Governor of Oshana, Honorable Clemens Kashuupulwa, the Mayor of Ondangwa Town, Ronny Negonga, Honorable Abraham Kaushiweni, the Regional Councilor to the Ondangwa Constituency and the United States Peace Corps Country Director, Gilbert Collins. The construction of Oonte’s Studio was made possible through a grant of N$ 282 745 from the French Embassy’s Social Fund for Development (SFD).
Since end of 2007, France has already donated more than 9 million Namibian dollars for small projects in Namibia through its Social Fund for Development. The SFD is dedicated to micro-projects not only in the social or environmental sectors but also in other fields, including promotion of culture or of human rights… Within its very modest proportions, the SFD happens to be one of the most effective tools for French development cooperation. Its spirit is one of solidarity, since it aims to reduce poverty by contributing to social development.
Onte is a non-profit welfare organization in Ondangwa that serves over 450 orphans and vulnerable children. Oonte’s mission is to help each child Oonte serves to reach his or her potential and Oonte attempts to carry-out its mission by providing among other things, meal, psycho-social and educational programs to the children. Oonte also has home based care workers, provides care packages to distant needy homesteads whose children cannot regularly attend Oonte and pays the school fees and provides school uniforms for many of the children.
Oonte’s Glass Bottle Recycling Studio will house a glass bottle recycling workshop where several Oonte volunteers and Oonte’s trained older orphans and vulnerable children who have younger siblings to support will be able to transform discarded glass bottles into glass works of art to be sold at local tourist destinations.
Oonte’s Executive Director Mrs Petrine Shiimi noted “The generous grant from the French Embassy is a true blessing to all of the children here at Oonte. Not only will the workshop help Oonte generate funds for the children and their households, it will increase awareness of the struggles they and all orphans and vulnerable children face in Namibia. The workshop will also help us to provide much needed vocational training and skills to the children. This is a project that will benefit these children and the entire community for many years to come.”
The French Government is pleased to partner with Oonte on the project and commends Oonte for its work with the children and its efforts towards becoming self-sustainable. French Ambassador to Namibia, Jean-Louis Zoël also highly commended "the substance of the project which targets many aspects we consider as some of the core objectives French assistance should support".