The Philadelphia Foundation for Orphans in Distress works in Northern Namibia and aims to promote the quality of care and support to orphans within their communities.
Several strategies are followed to reach this goal, whereby education and self sufficiency play a major role. Read more at www.philadelphianamibia.org/en/
HIV/AIDS in Namibia is a critical public health issue. The prevalence of HIV in Namibia is among the highest in the world. Since 1996, HIV has been the leading cause of death in the country. Close to 17 per cent of the country’s children under the age of 18 are orphaned by at least one parent – mostly due to HIV. Consequently, life expectancy has declined since independence from 61 years (in 1991) to 49 years in 2001.
I am travelling to Namibia in September, as a volunteer to work with the Philadelphia Foundation in their attempt to teach children in orphanages how to grow their own food. During my 4 weeks there, I will be educating children and adults alike, and we will be building garden beds and undertaking earth works to harvest precious rain water.
The following photo shows the sandy soil structure and barren landscape. The challenges are obvious but not insurmountable.
I have never been to Africa and am sure to find it a culture-shock. These guys may steal my heart!
If anyone has any specific knowledge of the Grootfontein area in Namibia, I welcome your advice. If anyone wishes to donate money to help, please let me know.
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