The Kids Soup Kitchen, which feeds nearly 129 less privileged kids and 11 people with HIV/AIDs weekly at the Katutura’s Ombili community centre, has been swindled out of N$2000.
Samuel Kapepo, who runs the volunteer-driven non-governmental organisation, told Informanté this week that he is disturbed by the latest abuse of trust. “These people are not robbing me, they are robbing the people I help,” the clearly emotional community activist said.
It all started with a phone-call last week. A man, sounding Caucasian, who claimed to be Dawie Mollendorft of the Old Apostolic Church near Farm Okarundi Sudd nr. 2536 outside Mariental, called Kapepo saying that his community had a list foodstuff and material (blankets, second hand clothing, tables, a field stove, bibles, various starches, bread flour bags, sugar bags, boxes of fish, beans, cooking oil, farm fresh milk, meat and fresh vegetable) estimated at about N$20 000, to donate. The community activist was delighted with the prospect. Kapepo told Informanté that the donation could have helped to maintain the activities of the soup kitchen for the next two years.
The problem, according to Mollendorft, was getting the goods to Windhoek. Insisting that a cooler truck is needed to transport the donations, Mollendorft referred Kapepo to a seemingly member of the church community who would help with the transport. Kapepo contacted the truck driver whose final offer was to transport the goods for N$6000. Calculating that the donated goods were worth more than N$17 000 Kapepo agreed to the deal.
On Saturday morning he went to Nampost to deposit an initial N$2000 into the driver’s account so that he could begin collecting the donation and bring them to Windhoek. At first the driver said he would be in the capital by 16h00 that afternoon, but after numerous phone calls and SMS’s he finally gave numerous excuses, including that he would only be in Windhoek on Sunday. Unfortunately Sunday only presented Kapepo with silence and he called the donor, Mollendorft, but the phone went consistently unanswered. He only received an SMS later saying that the pastor had gone to the post office. The landline number provided proved to be non-existent.
Kapepo has reported a case with the Namibia police (CR 49/09/2012) and is waiting for the police to report some progress. There is hope since anyone withdrawing from a Nampost account needs to use his or her fingerprint and the police already knows about the account.
Anyone interested in helping the Kids Soup Kitchen is welcome to contact Kapepo on the email at