Our projects in Namibia

Example 1 - Ovitoto

Ovitoto – under South African occupation, used to be the smallest reserve, the so called „Native Reserve Ovitoto“ – today its population has grown to about 2000 people. The region has a school and a health station, but both are not very well equiped.

One of the classrooms at Okantjira (Ovitoto)

The school - a boardingschool - has had to introduce a system of shift lessons - due to the lack of classrooms. It is a boardingschool because, the pupils, especially the young ones, would have to master an unaccetably long way to school every day.

The healthstation is responsible for the complete region. The most common diseases are high bloodpressure,circulatory disturbances, asthmatic complaints and diabetes. There is also an AIDS-advisory board. The healthstation is in need of pharmaceuticals as well as other medical material, good trained medical staff and an ambulance truck.

Members of our union grew up in this region, went to school and still feel committed to it. They and our friends would like to support the school and the healthstation with various donations.

Example 2 – Kunene Region

Under South African rule Namibia’s North West (Kunene Region, frequently adressed as Kaokoveld or Kaokoland) was systematically excluded from development.

The most popular transport vehicle for people and goods is a donkey- or mulewaggon

Today about 60.000 people - most of them otjiHerero speaking pastoralists - are living in an area larger than Switzerland. The region has one central hospital and a number of rudimentary health stations which cater for the needs of sick people from the region and from Angola’s most southwestern districts.

Sick people have to either walk, or ride on donkeys or horse back, or to be driven in a car for several hundreds of kilometres to get to the only hospital in the region. This long and arduous way to the hospital and often long stays at the place of treatment makes it necessary for sick people to be accompanied by a number of relatives. These practical reasons but also the belief of the local culture that sick people should be intensely cared for by their relatives lead to situations in which accompanying relatives are forced to squat in make-shift houses and under catastrophic hygienic conditions near the hospital for months.

DeNaPa intends to erect a simple home for accompanying relatives of sick people, especially of sick children. This home will offer basic sleeping and cooking facilities and will be fitted with a sanitary block.

last modification: April 14th.  2008