By Marita van Rooyen
The Namibian Institute of Democracy (NID) last night launched the Connecting the Dots project as a means to enhance public knowledge on the work of Civil Society Organisations (CSO).
Said Naita Hishoono, program director for the NID, “With Connecting the Dots, NID wants to create awareness on the work of NGOs, mainly to clarify misconceptions about the role of NGOs in our society. Another point to highlight is the tireless efforts of ordinary citizens engaged with voluntary work in their communities. The project also highlights and promotes volunteerism and a sense of solidarity amongst Namibians. Finally, the more knowledge you have of NGOs working in Namibia, the more empowered you will be.”
Civil Society Organisations are also called Non-Governmental Organisations, Faith-Based Organisations, or Community-Based Organisations. These entities work outside government, however they complement the services that government and the private sector supply to the people.
Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Joel Kaapanda added, “Connecting the Dots brings us together to celebrate the power of joining forces between media, business, government and CSOs. Let us not forget that the faces within all of these organisations spring and flow from the same communities. We can all work together towards preserving and regenerating our beautiful Namibian nation. Connecting the Dots connects you, me and us.”
The evening was held at the Playhouse Theatre in Windhoek and included the screening of eight short documentaries about various CSOs, comedy by Free Your Mind and music by Shishani, Ru and Qonja. (Marita van Rooyen)
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