Namaqua Kalahari Children’s Home

WE WANT TO BUILD A BUILDING SO THAT 50 BOYS AND GIRLS HAVE A HOME WHERE THEY CAN EAT, SLEEP, PLAY AND STUDY, FAR FROM THE MISTREATMENT, HARASSMENT AND EVEN VIOLATIONS TO WHICH THEY ARE USUALLY SUBJECTED.

The association of photographers Shoot 4 Change (www.shoot4change.eu) heard about the project that the Foundawtion is carrying out in Senegal. They had shot a documentary in the Kalahari area and had been very impressed by the problem that exists. After a joint trip to Gochas, a town in Namibia, we decided to get involved in the project. There we could verify that it is a problem that comes from apartheid.

Namibia gained independence in 1990, but before that the whites had appropriated all the usable land. The lands that remain in this zone of the Kalahari are the least productive and those that are at the door of the desert. This

This situation means that many families find work on white farms, miles from their villages, leaving their sons and daughters abandoned at their uncle’s, grandmother’s or neighbor’s house. Or alone with other children.

Those families are obviously broken. Those who do not have a job either

they have a future, many end up disappearing because of HIV, or because of the alcohol they drink and make themselves, which leaves them half dead every time the sun goes down.

And hence the mistreatment, humiliation and even rape.

Theo Paulina Goliath is the former principal of the local school, a true wild boar, a community leader and the person who has the strength to carry this project forward. It is his idea to build a building to house 50 children with 7 people who will work there to offer them a home where they can eat, sleep, play and study, away from the current environment.

 

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