September 24, 2013

Namibia: HIV Organization Runs Out of Funds

HIV_NewsTHE community-based non-governmental organisation, Tate Kalunga Mweneka Omukithi wo 'AIDS' Moshilongo Shetu" (TKMOAMS), has run out of funds.

Tate Kalunga Mweneka Omukithi wo 'AIDS' Moshilongo which loosely translated means Our Mighty Father help us stop the AIDS pandemic in our country, provides quality health care to people living positively with HIV and support to selected orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

Founded in 1992 in Oshakati, TKMOAMS works at a grassroots level in 13 communities in the Oshana and Omusati regions.

The organisation's acting project manager, Johanna Iishidimbwa, said last year alone they retrenched four workers because of insufficient funds to pay salaries.

Iishidimbwa also said they are now depending on a single donor, whose contract is supposed to end in November this year.

"We really need funds in order to run our organisation more effectively because we survive on donor funds only," said Iishidimbwa.

However, the OVC programme still provides three services to certain communities, which include education of over 500 children, food and nutrition for 70 individuals and an after-school programme, which accommodates 50 children.

TKMOAMS also runs various income-generating activities such as refurbishing and selling second-hand bicycles, sewing, beads production and agricultural projects that are aimed to generate income to complement donor's support.

Despite the income generating activities, the organisation still faces an uncertain future because there are no potential customers to support these activities.

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