AIMS

Past

The purpose of the charity is to establish and run a children’s centre in the northern area of Kunene Region, Namibia. More specifically, Kaokoland, Opuwo Town and the surrounding areas.

We did help support families with funerals and eye glasses and general needs of the community of Katatura.

Present

The Kindergarten has been built and 30-40 students attend. Some pupils will go for a while with family and then return when in the area for more learning, so this is the reason for the loose figure as numbers do change during different times of the year. They are enrolled and are taught by Metarere, the teacher,  and Clemencia, the teaching assistant, who teach and play with the children each day. Metty is in a teacher training programme and is guided by Danny and Ellie, the teacher trainers, on recent teaching techniques as teaching in small groups etc. The teachers receive annual visits from the UK teacher trustees Danny and/or Ellie who top any training and assess the charities progress over the past year.

We have managed to get Polo-shirts for a the children and will try and get shorts and skirts; they love the uniforms and this gives them a sense of belonging within the community. We also on and annual basis deliver second hand school shoes for the children as the ground is quite rough all around the Kindergarten.

We no longer support  funerals and personal family support unless individual donors have taken up the ‘Sponsor a Child’ scheme, where we guarantee the family will get the support the donor supplies. We do do collections for clothes etc., to get taken over when trustees/volunteer teachers visit the project. Our main priority is keeping children in education as we believe this will be the only way to in the long term improve the situation of the village.

 

Future

We wish to create a playground for the children with equipment as currently the ground is really rough with rock and gravel and is on a slope, so the football enthusiastic children have great difficulty playing on it.

There is also a need for a shaded cooking area so at lunchtime the children will be given food; this may be basic mahangu (local pap) and vegetables, or fruit.

As is the case within Kataura and the area; in the afternoon temperatures can rise to over 45 degrees and remaining in the classroom is unfeasible. We wish to create a shaded outside classroom (a canopy off the main room) where children can be taught in the shade.

We are also trying to obtain more primary level teaching materials such as Oxford  Reading Tree Books, from stages 1-3 and/or Phonics TTS Kits 1-3. If anyone could donate these items they would be much appreciated as they are very expensive to buy new. Any old versions of these books would suit the continued learning of the children, if you can help that would be greatly appreciated.

We plan to bring over Celestine, the teacher and Monica the, Namibian Coordinator to the UK. Celestine to shadow Danny in his job as a teacher and Monica who will work with Sarah (Ellie’s mother – retired primary head mistress) to promote charity in the UK and look into community and health work in the UK.

We wish to create a playground for the children with equipment as currently the ground is really rough with rock and gravel and is on a slope, so the football enthusiastic children have great difficulty playing on it.

There is also a need for a shaded cooking area so at lunchtime the children will be given food; this may be basic mahangu (local pap) and vegetables, or fruit.

As is the case within Kataura and the area; in the afternoon temperatures can rise to over 45 degrees and remaining in the classroom is unfeasible. We wish to create a shaded outside classroom (a canopy off the main room) where children can be taught in the shade.

We are also trying to obtain more primary level teaching materials such as Oxford  Reading Tree Books, from stages 1-3 and/or Phonics TTS Kits 1-3. If anyone could donate these items they would be much appreciated as they are very expensive to buy new. Any old versions of these books would suit the continued learning of the children, if you can help that would be greatly appreciated.

We plan to bring over Celestine, the teacher and Monica the, Namibian Coordinator to the UK. Celestine to shadow Danny in his job as a teacher and Monica who will work with Sarah (Ellie’s mother – retired primary head mistress) to promote charity in the UK and look into community and health work in the UK.

Try to expand the Sponsor a child scheme to support the families of katatura which in turn will keep the children in education.