One Economy raises N$2m for youth programmes

• By Tracy Tafirenyika

ONE Economy Foundation, last week received a total amount of N$2,2million during its annual fundraising dinner which will assist social programmes to beneficiaries of the organisation founded by First Lady Monica Geingos.

The event which was held under the theme ‘Celebrating Transcendence’ was attended by President Hage Geingob, the Speaker of the National Assembly Peter Katjavivi and many other delegates.       

Speaking at the gala dinner Geingos stated that the fund will be used to assist vulnerable members of society, across five pillars namely; education, health, gender based violence (GBV), entrepreneurship and supporting small and medium enterprises.

“The foundation is not called the Monica Geingos Foundation for a reason, which means l have no right to choose directors because the foundation is about the principles and values we share as a team in order to assist many vulnerable people and youths. The fund is going to assist the foundation in programmes such as mental health, sexual assault, inequality and so forth,” she stated

Geingos also indicated that she will set up an inclusive youth centre which will serve as a safe haven for young people.

One Economy beneficiary, Beatrice Sitali founder of Kavango women and children living with HIV, currently called ‘Let’s Walk The Talk’ stated that she would not be where she is if it was not for the foundation.

“One Economy gave me a loan which enabled me to kick-start assisting females and young girls who are living with HIV and have lost hope. I realised that if l don’t do something about this many people will suffer. Kavango women most of them are having many children at a tender age. I introduced them to do some entrepreneurship work in order for them to be assisted, all thanks to One Economy Foundation.

“The foundation opened doors for me, it changed my life. They taught me to be an entrepreneur and l have passed the same knowledge to other vulnerable people. Today as l am talking l have helped many people living with HIV in Kavango East region to be better. My aim is to build an organisation that will bring entrepreneurs and l believe that, One Economy will do it for us who cannot afford anything,” she elaborated.

The One Economy Foundation is an association not for gain, also registered as a social welfare organisation. The secret sauce in the success of the One Economy has been energy, passion and dedication of approximate 400 volunteers from all over the country.

The annual fundraising gala dinner of the One Economy Foundation has successfully convened an inclusive and eclectic mix of over 2 700 guests who have mingled, networked and enjoyed great entertainment while engaging in insightful and nuanced conversation on the complex building blocks that bind the nation over the last six years.