The Immanuel Sheefeni AIDS Foundation, a Namibia-registered and based non-profit organization founded by Namibia’s HIV activist and motivational speaker, Immanuel Sheefeni, through the Immanuel Sheefeni Fish Farm Trust, is developing one of Africa's largest aquaponics systems. The facility, that will be located in Outapi, in the Omusati region, is expected to produce over 39,000 tons per year of shrimp and over 100,000 tons of tilapia, as well as hundreds of tons of mixture of vegetables for the local and SADC food markets.
"As an HIV activist for over the past eight years, I have been serving, on a voluntary basis, as an HIV/AIDS activist throughout Namibia, whereby through my motivational speaking social engagements via the radio and TV. as well as on social media, I have helped more than 30,000 individuals in Namibia to disclose their HIV/AIDS status for them to start getting medical and social assistance. However, that alone is not good enough, people need food to eat and jobs to earn some money to care for their families, and this initiative is part of my wide margin campaign to empower people, especially those that are affected and effected by HIV/AIDS,” stated Immanuel Sheefeni.
The Immanuel Sheefeni Fish Farm project is raising $100 million for the development and engineering of the aquaponics system and is poised to create more than 3,000 direct job opportunities of permanent employees in Outapi, especially for those who are affected and or infected with and by HIV/AIDS, while contributing to the production of food security in Namibia. The construction of the farm is expected to start in the late part of 2020 and be commissioned by 2021.