A better future for the vulnerable

Organisation aims to create a better life for the youth.

24 March 2019 | Social Issues

Windhoek • Yolanda Nel



Statistics on how many Namibian children are at risk, is dire. As a result, a group of people decided that something needs to be done about it.

According to chief executive of Hope for Life, Rosalind Schlabitz, more than 12 500 babies are born to girls aged 12 to 19 years old every year, while Namibian statistics indicate that more than 7 300 abortions are performed and 25 babies dumped yearly. “More than 360 000 children are at risk in the country,” she said last week at the launch of the Hope for Life Foundation.

Hope for Life's aim is to provide a home for life and a future for abandoned and orphaned children in Namibia, and raise them into mature adults and role models. The group decided to focus on two pressing issues the country is currently facing, namely a pregnancy support centre and the Joy House children's village.

The foundation plans on opening the first pregnancy support centre in Windhoek by the end of the year where they will provide counselling and training for both women and men. There will also be a shop available where parents can buy items with tokens. These tokens can only be collected by attending support and training classes.

The proposed capital expenditure for the project is N$2.55 million to secure a suitable facility and the furnishing thereof. The annual operational budget will be around N$800 000 that will be needed to stock the shop, for marketing and running costs. Staff and volunteers are also needed to run the centre.

The Joy House children's village will provide a home and a future for abandoned and orphaned children. The village will be situated 80km east of Windhoek. There will be a number of support care houses for boys and girls, as well as a support care house for young adults up to 21 years.

“This will be a transition house, where they learn to move out of the house,” Rosalind said. The doors to this project will open as soon as construction is finalised, “hopefully by the end of next year”.

The 7.7ha farm will also house a school and chapel. The capital ­expenditure for the first phase is N$5.4 million and includes three houses, as well as a manager's house, a perimeter fence and security for the whole village and infrastructure. The operational cost is estimated at N$1.25 million per annum for 15 children.

“The aim is to be as 'green' and as cost effective as possible,” she said. For this project, volunteers are needed as admin assistant and fundraising coordinator.

Any donations and help will be appreciated. To become involved in these projects, Rosalind can be contacted on 081 148 3884 or send an email to [email protected]

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