Hamburg in October 2021
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Dear steps friends,
World Sight Day takes place on the 2nd Thursday in October every year. We would like to take this as an opportunity to discuss the topic Eye health to put in the foreground. Because it is not true that just because nobody wears glasses in some rural areas in Namibia, people can see particularly well here. You can find out below which action we have come up with.
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In August we were able to report on the benefits the former sewing room is now getting, and now there is an update on the newly built sewing room in Okakarara. In addition, despite the prevailing pandemic in Zimbabwe enthusiastic.

We know about and our many loyal donors and are incredibly grateful that you stand by our side and fight with us for equal opportunities and jobs. Unfortunately we cannot mention all of them. Therefore, in this newsletter we only report on selected actions that took place in public.

We thank you very much for your loyalty, the many support actions and your commitment.
Michael Hoppe


Present Situation

While the vaccination centers are being closed again here in Germany, it is growing the number of fully vaccinated people in Namibia is slow. 7,7% of the population are currently vaccinated, 10,9% have already received the first vaccination. The 1-day incidence is 7 and there were 35 new infections.

High unemployment still means hunger

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Even if the incidence in Namibia has decreased, tourism, which otherwise creates a few jobs, is not yet really starting up again. Unemployment is still very high and so the nutritional situation remains very critical for many families. Numerous children also outside of our projects urgently need for themselves
and her sibling meals, because there is nothing at home. We are still serving larger portions of food for the whole family and loved ones.
With 40 € you donate warm meals for 1 child + 2 relatives 5 days a week for 1 month.

At first glance

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Eye health - a topic that receives little attention in Namibia. Because the health care system in Namibia does not cover the costs for an eye examination or the glasses in case of need. We use Eye Health Day to focus on the Necessity of the eyeundersearch to draw attention. Our educators and teachers have great needs.

We need at least 20 glasses for our teachers at various steps project locations in Namibia.
A pair of glasses with the previous one
Examination by a qualified optician
costs 85 €

The first income-generating project - the steps sewing room

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In Okakarara the first was created by Dr. Michael Hoppe initiated the children's aid project of the steps for children foundation. As part of the project, the first steps sewing room was founded in 2006. With the support of "Augsburgers Friends of Namibia" could the Sewing room can be realized as an income-generating measure. What has happened so far and how can you support?


3 stories of women who give courage

Who feed I take care of my family every day and I also send my children to the school on a regular basis Schooling? How do I create one better future for my community and their children? The stories are about women who have made a step into their own independence in the social and income-generating projects of the steps vor children foundation. You can read the 3 stories in the community.


Commitment results in initiative

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Zimbabwe has become a country of progress - at least from our perspective. The challenges were tackled and, step by step, the residents of the communities in which steps together with the Foundation Help with Plan and Plan International is active independent further projects based on the example of the measures that have already been carried out successfully.
You will find out what these successes are HERE - contributed to our decision to continue to be active in Zimbabwe. This time we will support income-generating projects for young girls in order to save them from child marriage.


The real estate industry for steps for children


From left: Michael Hoppe, founder of steps for children and Simon Vollmer, managing director of wph Wohnbau und Projektentwicklung Hamburg GmbH

A proud 5-digit sum is this year's Charity golf event organized by wph Wohnbau und Projektentwicklung Hamburg GmbH got together. For the fifth time, golfers of all handicaps have played together for a good cause.
The tournament took place at the Weidenhof Golf Park in Pinneberg and instead of a registration fee ...

When CSR is lived

Thank you Brother International GmbH
This happened after our call for help Brother International GmbH's CSR team quickly approached the former employee Jochem Ihmig and provided help in times of need with a generous 4-digit contribution. What did the company support through the commitment of the employees and Mr.Ihmig?

A Namibia fan from Hamburg

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One or the other will be surprised - what exactly is Tracks4Africa?
There is a forum on the Internet that deals exclusively with Namibia and traveling there. Interested Namibia fans cavort here. One member also found their way to us - Tews Koll.

Small, fine Alafia - this time indoor

The Alafia Africa Festival took place again this year. After a one-year break due to known restrictions, this year it was possible for steps to set up a small but nice indoor information booth at very short notice and not in the usual manner in Altona.
Even if there were hardly any contacts due to the reduced number of participants this year, our committed volunteers were very much looking forward to the stand.
For one afternoon they personally informed interested parties on site and drew their attention to our work and commitment in Namibia and Zimbabwe.
On behalf of the steps children and the entire steps team, we would like to thank our volunteers Birgit Eckert, Christine Leege and Anton Rathgeb very much for their commitment, even under 3G conditions, and hope that more information stands will soon be possible again as usual.

Christianeum high school in Hamburg

Thank you Christianeum
For the second time, the students of the Christianeum high school came up with a charity run: they sailed decentrally and independently on the Alster, rode many kilometers in a forest, ran a few laps around a pond, did the stand-up paddle board I explored canals and skated along the Elbe on inline skates.
All of this for the benefit of two aid projects - one of which was steps for children. This year, too, a remarkable four-figure sum was "run up". And that's not all: at the request of the schoolchildren, they have already dedicated the income from Christmas 2020 to steps children and young people and donated a large proportion of the proceeds from DVD sales, the Christmas bazaar and a raffle.
Thank you very much for your commitment in favor of steps for children! All in all, you have again reached a considerable amount of donations, which this year will be used in particular for the existential provision in Namibian slums.


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The steps for children foundation was founded in 2005 in Hamburg by Dr. Michael Hoppe founded. It now operates at eight locations in Namibia and Zimbabwe, where it is committed to improving educational opportunities for girls and boys from the poor neighborhoods. Over 3.000 children can take part in education and take a warm meal every day at steps and its partner projects.

Hamburger Sparkasse, account: 1238149726, bank code: 200 505 50
IBAN: DE44 2005 0550 1238 1497 26, BIC: HASPDEHHXXX

You can make full donations to the steps for children foundation against income tax. You will automatically receive a certificate the following month after receipt of your donation.

With kind regards

Michael Hoppe

Steps for children foundation
Bramfelder Str. 77
22305 Hamburg
T +49 (0) 40 389 027 - 88
F +49 (0) 40 389 042 - 86

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