(last updated: August 2016)
Namibia / Bushmanland Youth Development Centre
Education and literacy are major issues in Bushmanland, Namibia. A young Namibian has at heart to create a youth education centre in this remote area. Children are faced with many issues and school drop-out is common. The aim of the centre is to equip the children with life skills and adequate levels of literacy so that they can remain in school and later integrate with the rest of the country’s economy.
We are currently working on the creation of a voluntary association and planning all details of the centre, making the dream a closer reality.
This project will have a positive impact on child development (including confidence, motivation, health, education), as well as long-term environmental conservation. It will also create a positive impact on the health and wealth of the community through job creation, entertainment activities, increased access to resources.
Namibia / Access to water
While boreholes are available in many places, the distances and road accesses in Namibia make it difficult for remote communities to access water. Some strategic points for addition boreholes and pumps are being investigated in the desert Kalahari region of Bushmanland in North East Namibia.
This project will have a positive impact on health and wealth of the community through easier access to water for home use and farming.
Zambia / Photography
We are supporting a young entrepreneur who has set-up a venture as the village photographer during his spare time. While he had a camera and photo-printer, provision of a computer was needed to allow developing his venture with international volunteers coming to the village, thus increasing his revenues, but also maximising the possibilities of the photo-printer, enhancing the end products available to the community. Having pictures printed for special events is important for members of the community and increase well-being.
We have provided him with a computer on one occasion and given some training on its use during another visit. However at the time, we could not provide more intensive support toward maximising computer use. We intend to meet again so that we can continue to work on best use of the photo-printer, but also of the computer for other purposes as well as business plans for those photos.
While this helps a particular individual, the example of success is also important in the community and will help boost confidence in the young generation about the possibility of a productive future.
Provision of the computer has also helped the community in answering the increasing demand for photos with labels (name and/or dates).
Tanzania / Improve wood cooking efficiency
We have met an organisation promoting an efficient wood cooker and we were with them when they presented and left a cooker with a Masai village in Tanzania.
We remain in contact with the village. They were very enthusiastic about the cooker and wanted to be able to get more. We went back there after 11 months and helped them with organising production and negotiate cost.
While the initial work has been done to set-up the production, the community is struggling with organising the first order. Spending some more time there to help with making the project concrete is needed, as well as micro-credit to make the order.
Namibia / Speed Hiking Competition
We supported a young entrepreneur in organising the first Speed Hiking Competition in Namibia. This young entrepreneur has a lot of ideas to help his community and one of them was geared toward helping the young generation to live an healthy life and stay away from drugs. He had already set-up a youth development initiative working in the nature around Windhoek and through this venture, he wanted to create regular hiking activities. The aim was also to promote the beautiful nature surrounding the city of Windhoek, getting young people (and older too) outside the city, in nature, while ensuring safety of the hikers. The first competition was successfully held in June 2015 and over 30 competitions have been held in the following year. The number of participant is ever increasing and he succeeded in generating a growing enthusiasm for outdoors activities and healthy living.
Namibia / Bread
Food is an important component of any culture and individual well-being. While we do not want to change the cultures, we have had the occasion to teach another technique for baking bread and introducing alternative ways to current diet. This was following people trying our bread that we can cook without an oven. We have provided the necessary ingredient to test the market and provide «healthy» bread snacks.
Namibia / Excel training, template creation
We have helped some people along the way in using excel, create templates to improve productivity. The need is there. The demand often not obvious as people do not know that they can do those things. Only through spending time with them did we found out that they would benefit from a little help. Much more can be done with little.
Namibia / Database setting and data analysis
We have been helping a small NGO by creating a simple database based on raw data. From this database, we have set-up analysis tables for review and interpretation.