NAMIBIA PROJECT NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 2020

SCHOLARSHIP NEWS

Irmgard is at home in Rundu as her course is online. She prefers face to face teaching but is struggling to find space and time to study as she is living in a busy household.


Oliver has had a six week break from his course as the university had to accommodate face to face teaching for the students who did not have the technology at home for online study. Oliver has used his time wisely volunteering at a local high school, entering a Computer Science competition and restarting the driving lessons which were postponed as a result of the pandemic.


RECRUITING NEW TRUSTEES.

SCHOLARSHIP STUDENT MENTOR.

We are delighted that Andreas Elombo has agreed to take up the new role on the Board of Trustees to support and mentor the tertiary education scholarship students.


Andreas is the first disadvantaged Namibian to obtain an engineering PhD from Oxford University. He is working in Windhoek for NamPower and is keen to work with the charity to use his contacts and expertise to also help marginalised villages, like llKhuta!hoas, to access solar power.


Andreas will bring diversity and in-country expertise to the culture of the Namibia Project Board and a selfless desire to promote the welfare of others.


His skills, knowledge and experience will be an asset and I propose that Andreas Elombo is elected to the Board of Trustees.


We will need a seconder at the next trustee meeting and a vote will then be taken.


SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER.

This position is still vacant and needs to be filled especially as we explore the idea of building relationships with our alumni and researching legacy giving and online fundraising appeals.


DATABASE UPDATE 1999-2019.

Wendy and Rijn are updating the Namibia Project team lists and the contact addresses of the students and parents.


We do not have a list of the student teams and contact addresses for 2018 and 2019. If you have any of this information please could you forward it to rijn@namibiaproject.org.uk and wendy@namibiaproject.org.uk


The Charity is committed to processing data in accordance with its responsibilities under the GDPR.


LEGACY FUNDRAISING.

Mr Sequin raised this question and we have contacted NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) and solicitors Lawson, Lewis and Blakers for advice.

The NCVO advice was to: “Stop fundraising, Start building relationships and Invest in legacies”

  • We have contacted Bequeathed

  • We have researched what other charities are doing and particularly liked the NSPCC 'What Will You Leave?' advert.

  • The solicitor’s advice: I would advise that the trustees read the Charity Commission guidance relating to fundraising.

CALL TO ACTION TO OUR PARTNERS IN NAMIBIA.

  • A QUARTER OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION is now living under some sort of lockdown due to the pandemic.

  • The Namibia Project charity is going to create a COVID-19 Fundraising Appeal for the website and social media platforms and we need pictures and the story behind your pictures.

  • We know that we can all make a difference and create positive change by using online fundraising initiatives and we would like your help to record your experience of this global pandemic.

  • “Powerful Storytelling can Touch Hearts and Drive Action” Please can you send us pictures which focus on one (or more) of these core themes. HELPERS AND HEROES YOUR NEW NORMAL ACTS OF KINDNESS

  • These three key themes will bring together pictures and stories of bravery, kindness and a sense of finding new routines for daily life when the old ones were no longer feasible because of the pandemic.

PLEASE THINK ABOUT YOUR LEARNERS, TEACHERS AND PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY WHO HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE TO THE LIVES OF OTHERS.


Take their picture and send us their story.


Ann & Rijn Brandse

10th October 2020



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