TERTIARY EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIPS
The good news is that both Oliver and Irmgard passed the first semester of their second year at university. Irmgard will send a record of her results as she has already started the second semester by distance learning. Oliver has sent his records and we are delighted that he has passed with distinctions in three subjects plus one merit and two credits.
Andreas, the Oxford PhD student who is working for NAMPOWER in Windhoek has been checking in with our scholarship students and will be looking at options for work experience or paid employment for Oliver as the university has a two month break to allow students who were unable to study online to attend face to face lectures.
COVID-19 has impacted on the university finances and Oliver’s accommodation has gone up by an additional NAD 250 per month. We paid Irmgard’s accommodation fees in full at Emona and as she has been unable to return to the residence we are in discussion about a refund or a voucher for 2021?
llKhuta!hoas Primary School
We have been in regular contact with llKhuta!hoas, They were struggling to feed the orphans and vulnerable children in the hostel as the Government's "one meal a day porridge subsidy" had been cut so we placed an order for food supplies for three months with the Metro Cash and Carry in Keetmanshoop to feed the OVC’s and to reinstate the Senior Citizen Soup Kitchen.
The school opened for face to face teaching but as the pandemic changes it has closed again until the end of August. The teachers are preparing lessons to be collected by parents and guardians and the hostel remains open.
Isabella, the Namibia Project's co-opted student trustee 2019-20 was awarded the prestigious PSO citizenship scholarship for her services to the community and she promptly donated her winnings to the Namibia Project charity. We could not be more proud and grateful to Issy for her generosity, her talents, skills and involvement in the charity and we hope that she will stay in touch?
NAMIBIA PROJECT GOALS 2020-2022
COVID-19 has reconfigured the way in which the Namibia Project charity operates. This sudden reduction in resources combined with increased needs from our Projects in Namibia has resulted in an amendment of the goals to reflect the current situation.
SDG 2. ZERO HUNGER - Food Security
Purchase protein rich dried food supplements for the Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC’s) plus food supplies for a soup kitchen for the Senior Citizens and low-income families at the llKhuta!hoas Primary School and village.
The charity will continue to support the covered school garden initiative, funding the stipend for the garden supervisor and purchasing drought resistant seeds and fertilisers.
NaDEET (Namib Desert Environmental Educational Trust) will be contacted for garden guidance and research will be undertaken for a link with the ACS Cobham Lower School garden.
SDG 3. GOOD HEALTH AND WELL BEING
Provision for first aid supplies for the school and hostel at llKhuta!hoas Primary School.
The charity works with 'Elephant Energy to provide "clean air light power in every hand" and purchase solar lights, at Dr Alpo Mauno Mbamba JS School, for the disadvantaged students.
SDG 4. QUALITY EDUCATION
Continual provision for the two Tertiary Education Scholarships for Dr Alpo Mauno Mbamba JS School.
SDG 6. CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION.
The charity hopes to raise adequate funds to upgrade the borehole, to provide additional drinking water and construct ‘long drop’ dry toilets as a result of the student feedback from the 2019 trip to llKhuta!hoas Primary School.
SDG 17. COMMUNITY
Goal 17 seeks to strengthen global partnerships to support and achieve the ambitious targets of the SDG 2030 Agenda. We need to develop the links between the Namibia Project Charity, the partner schools, Dr Alpo Mauno Mbamba JS School, llKhuta!hoas Primary School and ACS Cobham International School. We will continue to foster the academic links between the Namibia Project Charity and the British Council, Namib Desert Environmental and Educational Trust (NaDEET), National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), our Newsletter “Connecting Classrooms, Cultures and Communities” (CCCC) and the involvement of ACS Student Representatives co-opted by invitation onto the Board of Trustees.
POTENTIAL FUND RAISING AFTER LOCKDOWN
A Virtual Bike Ride Appeal from Windhoek to llKhuta!hoas Primary School via NaDEET
Involving the Namibia Project alumni 1999-2019, the trustees and some of the Charity’s contacts in Namibia?
Permission has been granted, by the Head of School, for the auction of two car parking places on the ACS campus for the 2020-21academic year
The Arnold’s Golf Tournament
PLAN OF ACTION TO RAISE FUNDS & AWARENESS
NAMIBIA PROJECT is committed to making sure that the orphans, vulnerable children and Senior Citizens at llKhuta!hoas Primary School do not go hungry. Additional funds are needed to honour the 4 year commitment for the two tertiary education scholarship students to complete their university courses in Namibia.
FAST FACTS from llKhuta!hoas Primary School. In 2020 there are 140 learners: 76 boys and 64 girls and 48 orphans and vulnerable learners at the hostel (26 boys and 22 girls). There are 12 teachers and 8 support workers.
ACS Cobham International School has invited the Namibia Project Charity to complete a Partnership Application to ensure a transparent relationship and future for the Partnership. An ACS student expedition to Namibia has been scheduled for 2022 and ACS will appoint a Namibia Project co-ordinator to launch a new student team during the academic year 2020-21.