28 households at Corridor 14 in the Aminuis Constituency, Omaheke Region, received solar electrical equipment through the Embassy of the United States.
The donation is worth more than N$100,000 and includes solar lights and radios.
The donated items are meant to help the community living close to the Namibia-Botswana border fend off predators that used to terrorize them at night.
"Animals are coming from Botswana and intruding on our livestock, especially the small stock. Kill them at night at each household, and you might lose 3 or 4 sheep; that was one; the other was the darkness when it loomed seven o'clock and you would have to close down the business and go to sleep, even during COVID kids studying at home, and you could not help them during the evening; you could not also help them with homework or charging; it was very important to have cellphones, so we need a radio," said one of the beneficiaries, Rukee Moelenyane.
Speaking at the official handing over of equipment at Corridor 14, Ambassador Randy Berry echoed that the Embassy focuses on supporting democracy, the economy, and the Namibian people through various projects.
"To support Namibian people, I believe we have the opportunity to demonstrate all three: your community at the heart of democracy and decisions taken by the community; solar energy is for the provision of light and all the other benefits; and it helps children grow safer and more educated because they will be able to use that lighting to further their studies," US Ambassador to Namibia Randy Berry said while handing over the equipment.
Councilor Peter Kazongominja acknowledged the gesture by the US Embassy; adding that the government alone cannot address regional development.
He urged more entities to come on board and assist villages in need and appealed to the residents to take care of the donated items.