NEWS

Here is the latest news and reports from the kindergarten in Namibia. You can see all what’s happening at the project and the within the community.

New NCCV Gift Aid Form

Please click here to download the new NCCV Gift Aid Form. This is the new gift aid form with updated address and contact details.

Expansion to the Kindergarten

The expansion to the kindergarten has started. Now the ground works have begun to make a shaded area for learning and a cooking area. The amount of pupils has grown massively and we need more space to teach. The roof will be fixed soon. Metty is overseeing the work...

HURRICANE AT THE KINDERGARTEN!

HURRICANE AT THE KINDERGARTEN! At 5pm on Monday 10th April a small hurricane hit Opuwo. Nobody has been injured but the roof of the kindergarten has been blown off. All equipment and teaching materials have been moved to a safe location as building is now unsheltered...

Christmas at the Kindergarten

Here are some great pictures back from the kindergarten in Namibia. Metty is seen handing out the gifts bought with the money donated to NCCV before Christmas. The children loved their gifts and the families were overwhelmed by the generosity of the people who helped...

Christmas Plea: trying to raise £100

This Christmas we want to help out their families, we are trying to raise the modest sum of £100 for the 17 boys and 20 girls to have more clothing and a toy. If you think you can help out please come to our page and donate some money, even £2.70 will cover the...

Last Day before Kindergarten break for Christmas period

These pictures were taken on the last day of school. As you can see the children are having fun in their new NCCV polo shirts. They all have there report card signed by the headman, Tate Hipandura, Metty, the teacher and Clemency, the teaching assistant. Some children...

UK Teacher Trainers from the are going to join NCCV

The teachers from the UK Ellie (left) and Danny (right), who trained the teacher and teaching assistant in Katatura in our Kindergarten are to join the charity officially as Trustees. Once this process is complete we will have two new trustees with an on going...

Sad departure of Diane Mills

We were sad to see the departure of NCCV’s founder, Diane Mills, late last year. Due to time constraints we also saw the departure of Catherine Atkins. Monica Simone agreed to take up the reigns and now runs the Namibian end of NCCV. We also have two new trustees,...

More clothes for babies

Another great parcel of baby clothes arrived today - thanks to our friends in the Netherlands. If you would like to send clothes for our new babies you can send them to NCCV PO Box 244. Opuwo Namibia.

Clothes for new babies

This is Monica, our Community Advisor, sorting out clothes for the new babies. Last month NCCV provided parcels of bed linen and clothes for 14 new born babies in Katutura. Thank you all for your kind donations.

Clothes donations

Thanks to everyone who donated children's clothes during my recent visit to the UK – the children really love the pretty things. As usual it was a miracle I managed to get my bulging suitcases through without mishap or excess baggage...

Recruitment process : Kindergarten teacher

Tonights meeting was the first step in the recruitment process for our new NCCV Kindergarten Teacher. Yes, Tate Hipandulwa is there but he's not applying It's so good that the Headman is fully involved in all our activities.

Netherlands knitters

Friends in the Netherlands are busy knitting for us and sending parcels of lovely baby clothes. Perhaps you think our babies don't need warm clothes here in Namibia but the nights can be bitterly cold. Thanks Ans and Ruud for you kind donation.

5 boxes for the Kintergarten

What an amazing delivery we had this week.....5 big boxes full of fantastic resources for our Kindergarten. Thanks to Coppelia Tarantal and her family and friends who donated. Love from the NCCV kids.

Cholera Outbreak hits Namibia!

This is yesterdays front page of 'The Namibian', newspaper; talking about the outbreak of Cholera that now seems to be a yearly occurrence in Opuwo where NCCV is based. Hardly surprising when kids, dogs, pigs, cattle and anything else around, all drink from the same...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Happy New Year to all our friends and supporters. We want to say a big THANK YOU for all you do for us and everything you help us to achieve.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS from Katatura

Your donations have helped the families HAPPY CHRISTMAS from all our families in Katutura, Opuwo and the NCCV Team. Your donations have helped to provide food for 40 families this Christmas. THANK YOU! 40 families receive food parcels from NCCV today!!!...

Christmas Hopes

Providing for Christmas This Christmas we aim to provide food parcels for 40 families in Katutura making sure no one is hungry even though the drought continues. Can you help? You can find easy ways to donate by checking out Donations...

BIG THANKS to DAVE BERRY!!!

A big THANK YOU to Dave Berry – 'Running Man', who ran the Coniston 14 for us last weekend and raised £140 for NCCV. Can you help out in fundraising? If so we re always looking for ideas in how to raise money for the kindergarten in Namibia. Please contact us...

Help support Dave in the Coniston Road Race

Dave from Nottingham, is taking part in the Coniston14 road race to raise as much money as possible for NCCV. The route follows the hilly roads that cirlcle Coniston Water in the Lake District. The race takes place on October 14th and Dave is looking for sponsors – if...

Disaster as families hut burns down!

What do you do when your hut burns to the ground and you lose everything? Life seems hopeless!! This is all that remains of Lembi's daughters hut! Katutura people will help to rebuild the hut. NCCV provided mattress, blanket, school uniform and other clothes to give...

In pictures: Namibia’s worst drought for 30 years

In pictures: Namibia's worst drought for 30 years Photos reveal how the worst drought in 30 years in northern Namibia is affecting the people living there. Namibia is a country largely consisting of desert but it is still badly affected by its worst drought in three...

Namibia: Waiting out a deadly drought

Struggling to survive the severe shortage of food and water, people in Namibia's Kunene region have no choice but to wait out the worst drought in three decades. For more information click...

BIG NEWS : Finally Charity Status for NCCV

Finally we now have official Charity Status – our number is 1152364. We are listed on the Charity Commission website. A big THANK YOU to Veronica for all of her work with Charity Commission which made this...

Stuart and Jo from NCCV UK Team visit Katutura

Katatura visited by NCCV UK There was much excitement in Katutura during the first week of February when Stuart and Jo visited from the UK. This was Jo’s second visit to the project and everyone looked forward to seeing her again. Stuart, although familiar with...

Paulina, one of Lusiana’s girls, rushed into hospital!

Paulina rushed to Opuwo hospital Early in April Paulina was rushed into Opuwo Hospital but they couldn’t work out what was wrong with her. When Diane and Monica found her she was lying on the filthy floor because there wasn’t a bed! They tried to make her more...

Can you sponsor a child?

Sponsor a child programme The beginning of the year saw the start of our Sponsor a Child Program at NCCV. It’s a very personal way of donating so you can see the direct benefits of your donation. Usually it means the donation is helping the child through...

Baby Care…

Infant mortality rate Following on from recent reports from several large organisations, including Save the Children, on the failure to decrease the baby/infant mortality rate in Namibia, NCCV decided to initiate a Baby Care Project. Winter nights in namibia All new...

Drought Relief Food

Little rain in rainy season The rainy season throughout Namibia was particularly bad this year – the whole country received very little rain. In the Opuwo area and the whole of Kaokoland the crops have failed and the cattle look thinner than usual. To help some of the...

Omaleshe Dance and the Fabulous Doris!!

Doris from Omaleshe dance project Saturday March the 16th – Everyone was excited this time as they knew what to expect. This was the second time we were lucky enough to welcome Doris, from the Omaleshe Dance Project, to NCCV. Our kids couldn’t wait to see her again –...

Mourning for our child

Shindume passes away Shindume Hangula was 10 when he died from a seizure, in Opuwo Hospital on the night of February 25th. He was a wheelchair user and I think, although I'm not an expert, that his condition was cerebral palsey. You can see him in quite a few pictures...

Kindergarten equipment, clothes and toys

We continue to get lovely donations of warm baby/children’s clothes, toys and kindergarten equipment from kind supporters and friends both in Europe and the US. Friends from Zimbabwe who are regular visitors to the project have bought and delivered bags of fleecy...

More visitors from abroad to see project in action

Pre-Christmas newsletter from Opuwo Please enjoy this pre-Christmas newsletter from Opuwo. It’s our way of keeping you up to date with events and everyday life in Katutura and of course saying ‘Thank-you’, for all the support. Highlights Highlights include; the...

Drought relief food

Your donations helped us buy more drought relief food today – thank you. The families of Katatura will be grateful and the children fed.

Drought relief – how you can help

The families in Katutura continue to suffer the worst drought in 30 years!! One 10kg bag of maizemeal can feed 6 children for a week – the cost … less than £3.50. Please help by donating to NCCV Account 82221004 sort code: 401710, or clicking here for Donations...

African child mortality

The best story in development, but not for Namibia and a few other African countries Article posted 19th May 2012 Of the 20 africa countries surveyed 16 reported declining numbers in infant mortality.  4 are going the other way – Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Namibia  and...

More visitors from abroad to see project in action

Visitors to the NCCV project Today brought more visitors to the NCCV Project, this time from the UK and the Netherlands. And of course they brought gifts for our children. The people of Katutura planned a welcome and we had music and lots of dancing.  Food was...

Donors help Katutura learner head for Grade 10

The eldest son in Windhoek This is Adedapo Alalade, the eldest son of a Katutura family who goes to school in Windhoek (7 hours drive away from his family in Opuwo). His mother lives in Katutura and his father passed away some years ago. As the first born Adedapo will...

Party time again with friends from Zimbabwe

Fortune comes back to katatura Another exciting party day for NCCV in Katutura. Fortune and Orbert were in town again and straight over to Katutura to visit the kids. They had brought with them new clothes, shoes, boxes of toys and chicken and chips and a drink for...

Planning session for, ‘Learning Through Play’.

SCORE : 'Changing Lives Through Sport' SCORE is an international non-profit organisation specialising in community development through sport and recreation. With its origins in South Africa in 1991, SCORE now has autonomous national offices in South Africa, Namibia,...

Our new kindergarten building

Small and basic but a good start for NCCV kindergarten It’s small and very basic but it’s cool inside and once decorated will be a nice room for our NCCV Kindergarten. We are already collecting posters to decorate the smoothly plastered interior walls, local people...

NCCV up-and-coming plans

After our meeting these are the goals we wish to achieve: Finish the first building - the classroom for NCCV Kindergarten The main structure of the building is finished and the roof is on. All that remains is the concrete floor and the plastering on the walls.  We...

Party Time!

Impromptu arrival from Zimbabwe The arrival of a friend from Zimbabwe led to an impromptu party for our kids in Katutura. Fortune, whose husband works in Opuwo, was here for the week and wanted to do something for our kids. She ordered food, bought drinks and sacks of...

Climbing the ‘Old Man’ for NCCV

Ann to brave the Old Man for NCCV This month Ann P, a long time supporter of NCCV, is going to put on her waterproofs (probably necessary) and climb the mountain known as the ‘Old Man’, in Coniston in the Lake District. Ann has a long history with the project after...

Building begins on the kindergarten

Building begins After many community meetings and much discussion the building work on the NCCV Centre has finally begun! The builder, Hafeni Hauwanga, will use bricks made locally to build our first structure – the Kindergarten measuring 5m x 4m. He will also use...

A FUN FUN FUN Sports Day in Katutura!!!

A day to remember for the kids of Katatura What a great day for the kids of Katutura to remember – our first NCCV sports day!! It took place last Saturday, March 31st and about 150 kids and 50 adults crossed the road to our sports ground (under the Katutura meeting...

Music and Dance Day

Omeleshe Dance comes to the children of Katatura January 21 was an exciting day for us in Katatura – and one we’d been really looking forward to. Doris, a Zulu lady (Omaleshe Dance), music and dance teacher and old friend of Diane’s came to NCCV to entertain our kids....

NCCV Christmas in Katatura

A Special Christmas for the children and families of Katatura Thanks to kind donations we were able to make Christmas special for our children and families in Katatura.  Approximately 50 children received goody bags with small toys and sweets. Food parcels possible...

The building of the kindergarten starts!!!

Kindergarten building starts October saw the beginning of building in a very small way on our NCCV plot. Zeb, a local man from Katatura, has begun to build a small hut for himself to live in and guard the plot. He will also oversee the brick making project when we...

Angus completes Triathlon and fundraises for NCCV

Angus completes Triathlon in 1 hour 46minutes for NCCV Fantastic news that Angus completed the Triathlon in 1 hour and 46 minutes (including a tyre change). Angus writes "The event went well for me I did it in 1 Hour 46 minutes which is better than my target of 2...

NCCV Cyclist comes 4th in bike race!!!

VSO volunteer comes 4th in bike race Erwin Jonker, VSO volunteer and Occupational Therapist at Opuwo Hospital came 4th in the 35km bike race around Spitzkoppe Mountain. Money is starting to come in from sponsors. We will let you know the grand total when we have the...

Sponsors needed for NCCV Cyclist

Can you help in raising money for NCCV? This is Erwin Jonker, VSO volunteer and Occupational Therapist at Opuwo Hospital. A super cyclist who will take part in a 35km bike race next weekend around Spitzkoppe Mountain, to raise funds for NCCV. Netherlands cyclist is...

Food and toy donations reach Katatura!

Donations of food and toys for the families of Katatura You can see in the new pictures, taken in the last few weeks, that the donations of food and toys really mean a lot to our families in Katatura. It's so nice to see the kids smiling when they see the toys. And...

Sponsorship for NCCV

Talk Talk summer fundraising events The Cheltenham office of telecommunications company 'Talk Talk' has organised a whole summer full of fundraising events to help 2 children’s charities. One is UK based Hop Skip and Jump and the other we are lucky to announce is...

Diane’s return to Namibia

Diane's return to Namibia and NCCV Diane arrived back in Opuwo last Friday, July 8th - almost 3 days after leaving Nottingham bus station. Diane had been in the UK not only to visit family and friends but also to raise awareness on NCCV and the plight of our children...

Toy Donation for NCCV Children in Katatura

Donation of toys for Katatura During Diane's visit to the UK two kind friends of NCCV decided to buy toys and send them to Namibia for the children in Katatura. It doesn't sound a priority, toys, considering the harsh life these children are subjected to on a daily...

Himba boy from Opuwo, sponsored by a friend

Verarapi : Success Story This is Verarapi Ngombe, a Himba boy who lives in Opuwo Namibia, who has been sponsored by a friend of NCCV since 2005. During that time he has been away from his family but supported through his education due to donations. Verarapi's...

Food parcels for the families of Katatura

In the week prior to Christmas Diane spent most of her time making up food parcels for some of the families in Katatura. The parcels consisted of the staple foods such as maizemeal and sugar, but we also managed to buy things like tea, oil, salt and even tinned fish....

Jo helps raise funds for NCCV : £270!

The snow kept a lot of people away - but thank you to the band and small but perfectly fomred crowd who braved the weather to rasie £270. Also to Adrian and John who both have signed up for regular monthly contributions to NCCV.

NCCV day in Katatura

Introduce the project to the wider community We planned this mainly for the children so the food provided was kids stuff, bags with oranges, crisps, biscuits and jam and peanut butter sandwiches etc. The aim was to introduce the project to the wider community. Jo was...

Helping out in the community : Lusiana’s roof

Sometimes the work of NCCV is general assistant to the residents of Katatura. Work was carried out to waterproof Lusiana's house. We had planned the work to begin before the rains came but unfortunately we were one day too late. Heavy rains began the previous night....

Jo meets the families we help in Katatura

The day was spent in Katatura … introducing Jo to some of the families. A visit to Lusiana's to check on what work needed to be done to waterproof her home, a visit to one lady who's husband had just passed away and to another whose house had burnt down. Jo also met...

Ministry of Agriculture help out NCCV

Trees were bought from the local Ministry of Agriculture for the NCCV plot … fruit trees amongst others; papaya, guava, lemon. Shade trees still have to be bought but that will be done at a later date. The trees will be planted once the building work commences but...

Jo Stimpson, the NCCV UK Cordinator arrived in Opuwo

Jo Stimpson, the NCCV UK Coordinator arrived in Opuwo for a 3 week visit. Her first few days were spent settling in. Jo got to know the area and the people of Katatura. Diane introduced her to Headman Hipandurua and together the three of them went to look at the NCCV...

Visiting families in Katatura with food parcel

Visiting families in Katatura with food parcel This morning Diane visited a family of 8 in Katatura. She had $100 Namibian to spend on food for them (that's just less than £10). Diane had to get as much staple food as she could for the money – the children in this...

NCCV has a plot of land donated!

This morning I visited our plot of land expecting to see the poles in place ready for the wiring of the fence. I've been in Windhoek for 2 weeks and left money and instructions before I went. Don't plan in Africa - I should know that by now 🙂 Misunderstanding,...

Growing nutritious food for the community

As you can see the veggie garden is coming along well - things seem to grow very fast. Hopefully in a month or two we'll be able to help several families with a bit of nutritious food. At the moment the garden is just at my house but once we began work on the NCCV...

Lusiana and her children

I finally managed to track down Lusiana, the blind woman I had been looking for for several weeks. Her house had burnt down while I was away and she'd had to relocate. I was distressed to see how she was living - still with 8 children at home she is living in one...

Land donated to NCCV for children’s project

After several meetings I am so happy to say that NCCV have recieved a plot of land. This land was kindly donated by local Chief Hipandurua.o. It has not The land is on the hillside above the Katatura location on the outskirts of Opuw been measured as yet as the land...

NCCV visiting nearby villages to assess their needs

I went out to visit one of the nearby villages. I had a friend visiting from Angola so I took her with me. We took staple food for the Himbas: maizemeal, sugar, oil, bread etc. They were happy to see us once they understood we were not tourist but that I lived in the...

Kids around the village

I Just enjoyed a walk around the outside of town and met some lovely kids. One Herero boy (boy on his own is in the photo) remembered me from two years ago and tried to follow me home. I was shocked that he remembered me and even my name. He is very thin and does not...

Meeting with the school inspector

Morning : I had a meeting with Bernadette Jagger who is the School Inspector for all the schools in this area. She travels out a lot and has the best knowledge of the poorest areas where the need is the greatest. It was also a chance to give the Ministry of Education...

Camping overnight in the bush

I'm back to the same area to collect some people who had to come into town. I camped overnight in the bush. The air matrress went down in the night so slept on the hard stoney ground. 🙁

Visiting remote schools out of Opuwo

I drove out to … an area (about 2.5 hours out of Opuwo on the Okorosave road). This was a chance to visit kids in a more remote school and to see how people were living. Most of the kids in this area aren't going to school - their job is to look after the goats and...

Meeting with Opuwo Sate Council

Meeting with Meme Ndinelao Shiningayamwe – who is in charge of land sale for Opuwo Council. We spent time driving around together so she could show me plots that had been surveyed and were for sale. It seems a good size plot for NCCV will cost about N$20,000 (about...

Working with local Kindergarten

I worked in the local kindergarten during the morning. Seems a good way to get to know some of the younger children and  I have also offered to do some training for the teachers. In the afternoon I went out to Orumana School (about 40km outside of Opuwo) to check on...

NCCV now has a small office

NCCV now have small office – donated by friend. We will also have wireless internet in the office when we sort out the problems, so I have to learn how to get blog up and running. In the afternoon I went outside of Opuwo to Ondura area (about 20 km out) – with same...