Location Gobabis


granny shop


200 kilometers east of the capital Windhoek; 110 kilometers west of the Botswana border; important traffic junction along the Trans-Kalahari Highway to Botswana and South Africa


up to 36%, especially young people and women


about 30.000, about half live in informal settlements


Damara, San, Herrero, Tswana, Ovambo, Kavango


1895 to 1915 under German colonial power; until Namibia's independence in 1990 under the mandate of South Africa; during apartheid, the white city council of Gobabis created the Epako district for the black population; The administration's 24-hour relocation right still applies in many areas.


in the informal settlements, up to 90%; young people are particularly affected


high dropout rate in primary school


Location Gobabis: Light for the children*, steps for children

Jackie Sanjath (head of steps for children since October 2020)
Henk Olwage Trust steps for children, head of Light for the Children

Number of children: 544 - this number fluctuates within the year, however, as migrant workers often move in and out with their families.

History: The second facility of the steps for children foundation was established in Namibia in 2010 through cooperation with Light for the Children * realized. Initiated by Henk Olwage (former director), the facility consisted of a soup kitchen and a preschool. Through the cooperation, further social steps could be set up and small businesses built up. together we succeed To create jobs in Epako, the poorest district of Gobabis, which at the same time give the social activities a possibility of financing. The facility was expanded to include the income-generating steps, a carpentry shop and a guest house. In addition, the idea of ​​steps homes developed here for the first time. 

cooperation beginning: 2010

Effect: Through the social steps With a crèche, kindergarten, preschool, soup kitchen and afternoon classes, together with our longstanding and reliable project partner Light for the Children, we ensure that the girls and boys in the surrounding slums have an educational childhood, encourage play and learning and offer safe contact points. Through our Income generating steps - the carpentry and the guest house, the hiring of teachers and other employees, we reduce unemployment and help the region to stabilize itself economically.

Soup kitchen (LftC), crèche (LftC), kindergarten (LftC), preschool (LftC), afternoon care (steps), guardian angel children (steps), steps homes (steps)


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“Steps is an important partner to initiate development where it matters most - today's children are the basis of our communities of tomorrow. Children who live on the margins of society in particular need our help. ”

Henk Olwage

Project manager Gobabis, board member Trust steps for children

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