Projects in 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


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 townships up to 90%; Young people are particularly affected


high dropout rate in primary school



up to 36%, especially young people and women

In Gobabis we are very closely interwoven with the community in the townships. Our employees have access to families and their psychosocial problems. Through such engagement on site, we can support the families and thus also our children.

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

Project in Gobabis: Light for the children*, steps for children

Jackie Sanjath has headed 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 project of the steps for children foundation was launched in 2010 in Namibia through cooperation with Light for the Children * realized. Initiated by Henk Olwage (former head of Gobabis), the project consisted of a soup kitchen and a preschool. Through the cooperation, further social steps could be set up and small businesses established. Together we succeed To create jobs in Epako, the poorest district of Gobabis, which at the same time give the social projects a financing option. The project was expanded to include a carpentry shop, guest house and computer school. In addition, the idea of ​​steps homes developed here for the first time. 

cooperation beginning: 2010

Effect: Through the social steps with crèche, kindergarten, preschool, soup kitchen and afternoon classes, together with our long-standing and reliable project partner Light for the Children, we ensure that the girls and boys in the surrounding poor district have a childhood that is close to education, give play and learning suggestions and offer safe contact points. Through our extensive Income generating steps We reduce unemployment and help the region to stabilize itself economically, such as the computer school or carpentry, the guest house and the attitude of teachers and other employees.

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

Computer school (steps), carpentry (steps), guest house (steps)


News from Gobabis

“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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