Namibia - Africa
Malnutrition is a huge problem in Namibia. 20% of the population do not have access to adequate food, and the situation is made worse by droughts and flooding. HIV/AIDS affects 13% of people, one of the highest prevalence rates in the world, leading to 6,700 deaths every day. Other diseases like Hepatitis A, Typhoid Fever and Malaria also have a devastating effect.
Children in Namibia
Children are greatly affected by the lack of food and healthcare. Even compared with other African countries, stunting is a huge problem for Namibian children. Young children lose parents to HIV/AIDs and are often forced to work to put food on the table for an entire family. Those who become orphaned beg for food and money on the streets and are vulnerable to sexual exploitation.
Our work in Namibia
There are currently around 140,000 orphans in Namibia, and the number of children who grow up without parental care is on the rise. Life is unstable and families struggle to survive. SOS Children’s Villages has provided essential services for communities, offering access to food and medical care and providing children with education and day care.
Windhoek is the capital city of Namibia and remains culturally divided. In the 1950s, black communities were driven to the outskirts of the city to an area called Katatura – ‘the place where we do not want to live’.
For children from the region who can no longer live with their parents, up to 12 SOS families provide a loving home for up to 120 children.
SOS Children began its work in Tsumeb in 1997 to help vulnerable children. Today the Village, with ten SOS families, provides a loving home for up to 100 children. The children attend the SOS nursery. The SOS youth programme offers an opportunity for young people to learn to take responsibility, plan for the future and prepare for independent adult life
SOS Children began its work in Ondangwa in 2009 to help vulnerable children. The construction of the Children’s Village here was made possible by a unique global partnership between SOS Children, the municipality of Ondangwa and a generous donation from a Canadian family.
The Villages is formed by 12 SOS families providing a loving home for up to 120 children.
The SOS social centre offers a family strengthening programme to the local community. One of its main goals is to ensure that children have access to essential materials, educational, health and social services.
SOS Children’s Village Association of Namibia
Tel: +264/61/22 24 57
Fax: +264/61/22 40 85