Where ever possible we endevour to assist those in need throughout Namibia. With the help of donations from not only our guests, but also the local business community, we have been able to create change for those that are living below the poverty line and struggling with things that those in the first world often take for granted. We aim to improve living standards, which in turn, we hope will empower people to work hard to better their own lives and that of their children.
If you wish to help us, please let us know,
as every little bit goes a long way towards making life a little easier for those in need.
"A BABY BORN TODAY IF CARED FOR IT WILL SURELY BE THE ADULT OF TOMORROW"
A home that opened its doors the year 2000 provides a shelter for 18 Namibian orphans and vulnerable children. The house addresses itself to the problems of both girls and boys from the age of 6-18. Children are provided with shelter education and regular meals. Medical and reproductive health education is also provided. This year we have focused on the educational needs of the children and have been lucky enough to find excellent support from 2 young Namibians, however we still need help by way of a volunteer!
Home of Good Hope was founded in 2007 by Monica Imanga, as a tribute to her 16-year-old daughter who died a year before of AIDS. Monica saw that the children in the slum of the Goreangab Dam area in Katutura needed help and took it upon herself to make a difference. These days the project has international support and funding however with over 500 children attending the soup kitchen on a weekly basis they appreciate all the help they can get. They aim to provide a hot meal for each child that visits the small soup kitchen, and do this over 2 sittings to accommodate the different school times. In addition to a hot meal, Monica also facilitates the enrolment of children that are not already attending school, arranges uniforms for those who parents can’t afford it, as well as basic needs such as clothing, soap, shoes, blankets and much more. During the morning session with the younger children, they also encourage the children to stay and play, read, draw etc to provide the children with a safe area to be mentally stimulated and encourage development. Volunteers are welcome to visit, assisting with feeding the masses and spending some time with the children. For more information email Peacemaker on firstname.lastname@example.org or Monica on email@example.com
The San are considered to be the world's oldest culture but now live in extreme poverty. Adult onset diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer are sharply increasing in the San community and alcoholism has become prevalent. Many San children suffer from malnutrition, disease, discrimination and abuse Epukiro, or Pos 3, as it’s commonly called, is approximately 120km North of Gobabis and 400km East of Windhoek. It’s a small community made up of mainly Herero, cattle rearing people, and about 150 Bushmen who are traditionally nomadic hunter gatherers that live in small family groups. Many of our patients come from neighbouring settlements and they travel around 50-60km to attend our free clinic. The San are considered to be the oldest culture in the world and are traditionally hunter gatherers, yet they have been forced from their original lands by bigger and more powerful tribes and then by European tribes. The San eventually ended up in the most desert areas of Southern Africa, where they have adapted and learnt to survive. The health status of San is undoubtedly linked to their low socio-economic status as the San life expectancy is 22% lower than the national average, at just 48 years. Because of their poverty, they are particularly vulnerable to poor nutrition, alcohol abuse (which can lead to domestic violence, rape and assault), and diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Providing free and accessible primary healthcare to this community really is a lifeline to many. People walk hundreds of kilometres to receive medical care when they are sick and unfit to travel these distances. We believe everybody should be entitled to easily accessible healthcare. At Chameleon we take donations of old clothing and shoes in particular, that are distributed by N/a’ankuse through to those in need at Epikuro. Are you interested in helping out, or making a donation to any of the above organisations? Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.