Sanlam has donated 45 white canes to the Namibian Federation of the Visually Impaired (NFVI).
The company said the donation was its contribution towards creating an environment that is conducive for all to thrive.
“We are confident that this donation will aid the federation’s recipients to live autonomously, be self-empowered and limitless. We believe that all citizens of the Namibian house should be afforded that opportunity and tools to allow and afford them active participation in the economy,” Sanlam representative Elizabeth Nailenge said during the handover ceremony.
The white cane is recognized as a global symbol of independence, a sign of autonomy and respect for the inherent dignity for the blind and partially sighted persons.
Namibian Federation of the Visually Impaired Executive Director, Moses Nghipandulwa, while gratefully receiving the donations said, “The donation could not have come at an opportune time. Therefore, we are extremely grateful to Sanlam for answering our call for help and we look forward to working together on more projects”.
The federation is commissioned to advocate for the rights of visual impaired people and raise awareness for their recognition by society. Serving as the national co-operated body and facilitators of the Federation’s vision to reach the full integration of visually impaired people in all aspects of life.
The challenge of lack of equipment and facilities for the visually impaired has caused a hindrance to the training programs that are aimed to equip visually impaired people with skills to be independent.
According to a 2016 Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) report, the number of the visually impaired is on the rise, with the population having increased from 13,721 in 1994 to 16,189 in 2011, a development which has put a strain on the Namibian Federation of the Visually Impaired to offer assistance without the support from either public or private sector.