1. USAKOS PRIVATE HOSTEL
Mrs Sofia Sem started the project with only 5 school children who needed a home. Currently the hostel accommodates 60 children of school going age. These children are Aids Orphans and street children from the informal settlement of Usakos. The hostel does not get any support from the government, and are totally depended on contributions from the business community and other sponsors.
The main objective of the Private Hostel is to found and maintain a home for street children and Aids Orphans who have been neglected and abandoned. Without the hostel these children would not have the opportunity to go to school, and left on the streets to fend for themselves.
2. OPUWO PRIVATE HOSTEL – FRANSFONTEIN
The Opuwo private hostel is situated in Fransfontein 28 km North from Khorixas. It is a remote village in the Kunene Region. The hostel accommodates approximately 50 boarders of all races and beliefs. Eighty percent of them are Aids orphans that can not be accommodated by orphanages elsewhere.
The hostel receives a small grant from the government, but it is not even enough to cover the basic running costs of the hostel. There are no funds available for even basic things like proper bedding, mattresses and beds. The hostel has a vegetable garden and does their best to be self sustainable in terms of food. Children have to sleep on the floor with only a blanket to their disposal.
The hostel’s immediate short term need is blankets, mattresses and beds for the children. They do not have the financial resources to fulfill this need. This will improve the living conditions of the children.
3. BLOUBERG AND VERGENOEG SOUP KITCHEN PROJECT – OMAHEKE REGION
Omaheke is one of the regions in Namibia ranking 3rd place on the poverty ranking list. Vergenoeg and Blouberg are both San/Damara settlement villages some 117 km North East of Gobabis in the Omaheke Region. The Region, especially this area, is suffering badly from AIDS. There are hardly any adults under retirement age, and grandparents are looking after not only their own grandchildren but the orphaned children of neighbours or those left in the village as well.
The community hostel at the Primary School care for about 430 children. These children are orphaned children from the surrounding areas and street children from Gobabis. Unfortunately the community cannot feed all of these children, and therefore the school started the soup kitchen/feeding scheme project. The main objective of the soup kitchen is to provide at least one meal to the children on a daily basis. For most of the children this is the only meal a day.
4. HUIGOB PRIMARY SCHOOL – TSUMEB
The Huigob Primary School is a small rural school for the San people and has about 134 learners. The school is situated 35 km North of Tsumeb. The children, together with their parents, live in shacks on the school grounds. The majority of them are unemployed and poverty is very high in the area. The school has a feeding scheme and gives daily meals to the children and some of the parents. The school however does not have the resources to provide clothes and blankets to the children. A lot of these children have to go through the cold winter months without warm clothes or blankets. The school started a private development fund, with the aim to raise funds and collect goods to provide the children and some of the adults affected by HIV/Aids with clothes and blankets.
5. OPUWO HIV/AIDS COMMUNITY FORUM PROJECT
The Opuwo HIV/Aids Community Forum Project began in 2003, and is an initiative of the Lutheran Church in Namibia to address the growing HIV/Aids pandemic especially in the northern parts of Namibia. The aim of the Forum is to make a difference through community-based programs. Training in HIV/Aids awareness, counseling, home-based care and psycho-support to Orphans and other Vulnerable Children are done by volunteers. The Forum further more supply maize meal to the villages on a monthly basis. This however is not enough to feed all the people, and children have to collect food in the field to survive.
The Forum recently started a survey to determine the number of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC’s) in the villages around Opuwo. At this stage 450 children are in the process of being registered with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare with the aim to qualify for monthly grants. These children are desperately in need of food, clothes and shoes.