Okakarara

Projects in Okakarara and Ongomombonde *

Region

Otjozondjupa

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location

approx. 300 km north of the capital Windhoek

population

approx. 8.000

population

predominantly Herero

Story

The Waterberg is a few kilometers away. The Herero revolt against German colonial power took place there in 1904.

orphans

Up to 50% of the children are orphans or children in special need.

Education

Over half of the population in this region only attended primary school. Almost 90% of the secondary school's graduation class does not graduate.

Unemployment

Very high, in the poor neighborhoods over 80%.

Sources: Government of Namibia; internal key figures

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The heart of steps for children has been beating in Okakarara since 2006. Here is the center of our school effort. There are impressive learning successes. For the first time we have a year with high school graduates. In order to ensure these successes and because the schools are closed due to viruses, we are preparing special learning packages that are also intended to convey material outside of school. We urgently need donations to create sustainable materials. 

In the current crisis, however, we are also trying to maintain food supplies by distributing our food packages.

Project: steps for children

Management: Sonja Schneider-Waterberg
Number of children: 251
Project founded: 2006
History:
In Okakarara the first of Dr. Michael Hoppe initiated the children's aid project of the steps for children foundation, which was supported and financially supported by the couple Gertrud and Jürgen Schmotz from the beginning. It has grown very much since it was founded. Started steps in a Red Cross house (in which the sewing room founded by the Schmotz couple was based) with two social steps, a soup kitchen and preschool for 30 children, in one room and with a tiny kitchen. At that time there were four employees: two teachers, a cook and a project manager.

Today: There are now more social and Income generating steps as well as the additional location Ongombombonde, just 8 km away. Here is the vegetable garden and since 2018 children have also been taught in kindergarten and preschool on the premises. steps for children is the second largest private employer in the region with over 25 employees. On average, around 10 relatives are provided for each employee *. 

EffectAt both locations, the children experience loving care and versatile support. The Guardian Angel children in particular develop into healthy and independent young people who successfully complete school and thus have good career prospects. Your success is a role model for younger children. steps helps to make the value of education visible and thus changes the awareness and behavior of local people.

Soup kitchen, creche, kindergarten, preschool, afternoon care, guardian angel children

Sewing room, guest houses, vegetable garden, computer school / internet café

News from Okakarara

"The basics in child development are laid in the first years of life. The kindergarten teachers, preschool teachers and their assistants receive further training with the financial support of steps. The better educated they are, the more solid the foundations that the children take care of with steps. "

Sonja Schneider-Waterberg

Project management Okakarara

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Content for 7 people and approx. 14 days: Rice, corn flour, wheat flour, fish cans, corned beef, rooibos tea, sugar, milk, orange juice, oil, soup, salt, soap, toilet paper, marshmellow Easter eggs, apples