Hamburg in December 2020
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© Raimar von Wienskowski

Dear steps friends,
for St. Nicholas I look back on 2020. In our projects in Namibia everything was different than usual because of Covid 19: considerable additional costs due to almost twice as many meals and hygiene measures with lower income. But in Germany a lot of support measures have reached us and
We are incredibly grateful for this help, with which we can feed more than 3.000 children and their families healthily every day.
The problems that arose from the lockdown in Namibia are now more clearly visible. Without you, the problems in our projects would be considerably greater, without you we would not have been able to continue paying the employees in Namibia, for example. I am particularly pleased that in this letter I can introduce you to some great employees who impress me with their commitment to steps.

Have a nice 2nd Advent and enjoy reading this news.
Michael Hoppe


3 big problems

Despite the decreasing number of infections, the situation in Namibia has by no means relaxed. We have to watch how many people still suffer from hunger and other problems - and help where we can. Reportedly they are in lockdown domestic violence and pregnancies among young school girls has increased rapidly in the last few months, unfortunately also among the protégés from our projects. This makes the work of steps all the more important, where the children and young people can stay in the protected space of our schools and have confidants and contacts in our projects on site.
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With a 40 € Donation shall the food for 1 child + 2 relatives 5 days a week Funded for 1 month.
Donate for the salary a social worker and help to ensure that adequate payment continues.

Power of locals

That is the plan: responsibility for steps to hand over projects in Namibia more and more into the hands of the localsThis means that we and our National Coordinator are only available as advisors and contacts.
Jackie Sanjath_Gästehaus, Gobabis site management from 10.20 am_
Jackie Sanjath
Site management Gobabis
Welcome Jackie! We are lucky to have the new power lady Jackie Sanjath in Gobabis Management of the carpentry and administration to greet. She has had it for about a year Responsibility for the guest house and won us over with their expertise. Business plans and tenders are no stranger to them and overnight guests like to come back to Gobabis.
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Markel Xamses
Head of Otto Xamseb House
Markel looks after, encourages and challenges Guardian Angel Child. She has passed the computer driving license (ICDL test) and runs the computer school. Now she's also taking over Accounting and Management. She grows into the management role at Otto Xamseb House and is constantly evolving.
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Milly Bock
Founder and Leader Bridge of Hope
Location management Rehoboth
Milly has been one since 2018 reliable cooperation partner by steps for children. In addition, she is always available to Markel with questions or larger projects and works with her, supports her with advice and action, and passes on her accounting expertise.
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Meme Kauna
Project founder and director Ileni Tulikwafeni
Kauna is one very dedicated woman - not only in her project, the community is also close to her heart. And that's why it is now Okahandja City Councilor. Congratulations dear Kauna, we look forward to working with you in the future.
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Henrik Moroso and Cecilia Munago
Garden management and Finance
We're glad, that since February the garden has been taken over by Hendrik and we can look back on a successful harvest. Once a week he comes from Otjiwarongo to implement further ideas. Cecilia keeps an eye on costs, works in the garden and also drives along to sell the vegetables.
Office team
Sussie Nganjone
ADM OKK Sussie Nganjone.
Eveline Ketjivandje
ADM OKK Eveline Ketjivandje
To a really great office team In Okakarara, project manager Sonja Schneider-Waterberg can rely. Under Sonja's guidance, you not only organize all matters in the office, you are also the contact person for social workers, colleagues and students, organize regular processes and take care of team communication.


We are increasing our commitment in Zimbabwe

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The steps for children foundation has been working in Zimbabwe since 2017 in cooperation with the Help with Plan and Plan International foundation. In the past three years we have supported social and income generating measures. The situation is now extremely difficult in Zimbabwe, because not
only Corona hit the country corruption and persistent hyperinflation in particular are so severe that many parts of the population flee to the countryside and try to get their meals there. In Zimbabwe, two out of three people make a living from agriculture. Our income-generating measures such as fish ponds, chicken breeding, chicken hatcheries and beekeeping have therefore proven to be extremely important helpers in times of need because, among other things, they serve to feed the people in the countryside.

Due to the great need, we are investing in new income-generating measures with the construction of more 2 fish ponds, a new one to be created Banana plantation, Creation of 35 hen houses with laying hens and an Chicken breeding with solar hatchery.

Donate Now for income-generating measures in Zimbabwe and thus the people Secure local supply.

Be with a fish pond 20 households directly supported. Pro rata 49 € for
1 fish pond donate.
Chick November 2020_Okahandja (1)
35 laying hens are needed to support 20 young people. For the construction of a laying hen station with basic stock for chicken feed = 290 €


We need help with the financing of 394 banana trees for the construction of an irrigated banana plantation.
1 banana tree = € 71



Don't cancel - go digital!

The general meeting of the steps for children development association was also a complete success this year - that comes from the many Feedback emails that reached us afterwards. With over 50 participants, made up of supporters and friends as well as the steps team, our steps projects were summed up over the years 2019 and 2020. Following this has Carina Marxsen, former volunteer from Okakarara, who is still closely connected to the project, gave a talk about her almost whole year in the project. With many valuable impressions, both lectures brought us closer to the distant land of Namibia again this year and rekindled our longing for it.

A big thank you to youthat we were able to hold such an informative session and thus also reach people who otherwise would not have been able to attend due to the distance.
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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 2.000 children can take part in education and take a warm meal every day at steps and its partner projects.

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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
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