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Rundu Vocational Training Centre has extended its hand on training to the community of Siya in the Kapako constituency of Kavango West region. The idea was engineered by Watyako Foundation who went door y door knocking for assistance to help the community. A number of sponsors came on board showing their interest to help in food security. Founded in July 2020, Watyako a foundation being administered by seven ladies from the northern part of Namibia aimed at reducing poverty through agriculture sector.

At the handing over ceremony which took place on 12 October 2021, RVTC Centre Manager Mr. Kornelius Lukas strengthened the Centre’s pledge in offering training to the involved community at no cost. Lukas gave the brief history of agriculture till the current status. On part of the Centre, Lukas has this to say; “RVTC has agreed to give training to the youth involved in this project. Our VET Trainers are qualified experts in the field of Horticulture and as the Centre, we will make sure that you get every important details of the program. The remarks were applauded by the gathering as this will help them to have a better garden understanding. “Let’s feed ourselves, lets feed the nation, lets feed SADC and let’s feed the world” added RVTC Centre Manager.


Speech after speech from the sponsors gave hope of reviving the crippled Siya Community garden project. Agribank pledged to continue supporting the community if they promise to take care of what is sponsored to them, the seasonal bank sponsored N$20 000.00. Other companies like Tomdoro Investment CEO Mr. Sam Pereira also promised to continue supporting the exercise. Super Impex Trading joined the team of good samaritans to ensure that the vision of the garden is realized. Watyako Foundation board chairperson was delighted on the response from the stakeholders. In her speech, Salmi Mvula said Watyako seek to render the outmost support for food security. “Our target is to support one of the similar food security initiatives in each of the affected region in the next two years through partnership and collaborations approach” added Salmi. The sponsorship was worth N$125 000.00. Converted in monitory values, RVTC's sponsorship on training is worth N$ 70 000.00 as the figures were given by Salmi.


The beneficiaries were happy with the items received they assured the sponsors that they will take care of the items for production purpose. Thank you Watyako Foundation.

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