City of angels

One citizen is hoping for the kindness of strangers to help her set up a safe haven for vulnerable children.

18 August 2019 | Society

Tanja Bause



“More and more kids in Namibia are being orphaned daily and fewer people are taking care of them,” says Bettie Hoakhaos (52) of Place of Angels Orphanage in the capital.

At the moment Hoakhaos is looking after 28 orphans and vulnerable children in Otjomuise after making a promise to God to do so when she was cured of cancer. “In 2002, I was diagnosed with lung cancer. I lost my left lung but was healed three years after the diagnosis,” she says.

Shortly after going into remission, Hoakhaos came across a young woman in Katutura with a baby boy of around 18 months old. “The poor mom looked desperate and discouraged. She told me she had no home, food or clothes for her child and didn’t know what to do. Then and there I offered to raise the child as my own and the idea of creating an orphanage began.

“Today Johnny is 13 years old and I am currently in the process of adopting him. I have never registered him for the government benefits because he is like my own son. He is also the first child I could help.”

Hoakhaos established a soup kitchen out of her own pocket eight years ago.

She registered Place of Angels as a charity and since then, provides the 28 orphans with food.

“They come to my house every Saturday, then I give them a cooked meal. They also get tinned and dried food that they can cook for themselves during the week.”

Property

“Unfortunately, I can't give them a roof over their heads at the moment and so they have to go to their guardians, but I am in touch with them all the time and make sure they are taken care of,” she says.

Hoakhaos applied for an erf at the Windhoek municipality so that she could erect an orphanage and in September last year the good news came that they had a property for sale in Khomasdal.

“Now I have to pay N$677 380 to the municipality before 19 August or I lose the erf. I know it sounds like a lot of money, but if everyone around the country can give just a few dollars, it will be paid off quickly. I humbly ask all Namibians to make a small payment directly to the municipality so that I can get the erf. I know people are sometimes scammers in the name of orphans and commit fraud, but I’ve never asked before. I’m not doing it for money, so I don’t want cash either. Those who want to help can pay the municipality directly,” she said.

Hoakhaos also wants to establish a garden so that children can be fed out of the garden and sell excess vegetables and fruits to the community. “The plan is also to erect a few apartments so that the orphanage is sustainable and that we don’t have to rely on sponsors,” she said.

Similar News

 

Support for cancer patients

5 days ago - 29 May 2020 | Society

The Cancer Association of Namibia’s Patient Financial Assistance Programme paid out N$57 400 earlier this week in support of 82 newly diagnosed vulnerable cancer patients....

More shelter for the homeless

2 weeks ago - 14 May 2020 | Society

Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) donated 53 tents to the health ministry to support government’s initiative to provide shelter for homeless people during the coronavirus outbreak.The...

Support for S.P.E.S.

3 weeks ago - 11 May 2020 | Society

The Capricorn Group and its subsidiary Entrepo Holdings contributed a combined N$240 000 towards the Step out of Poverty through Education, Encouragement and Support (S.P.E.S....

‘Stop applying for EIG’ - MoF

4 weeks ago - 06 May 2020 | Society

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has urged members of the public to stop applying for the Emergency Income Grant (EIG) because the due date lapsed...

Food distribution reaches San

1 month - 30 April 2020 | Society

The department of the marginalised communities development under the office of the vice president on Wednesday distributed food to the San community in Epukiro Post...

Gobabis businesses stepping up

1 month - 29 April 2020 | Society

Rosebank Stationary in Gobabis donated 100 bags of maize meal valued at N$7 000 to the office of the Omaheke governor in support of its...

Fabric donation to boost local face mask production

1 month - 22 April 2020 | Society

Trade minister Lucia Lipumbu, handed over bags of fabric to small businesses yesterday. The material, worth N$40 000, is to be distributed to selected seamstresses...

Gesoek: Namibë se beste wors

1 month - 21 April 2020 | Society

Dis weer daardie tyd van die jaar wanneer Shoprite en Checkers saam met die Namibiese Sjefsvereniging opsoek is na jou beste wors vir die jaarlikse...

Food parcels for the destitute

1 month - 14 April 2020 | Society

Namib Desert Diamonds (Namdia) donated food parcels to 200 families living in Okahandja Park and the Tobias Hainyeko constituency last week.According to Namdia’s spokesperson Beverley...

Donations for the most vulnerable

1 month - 08 April 2020 | Society

Following a rapid assessment conducted in Windhoek, approximately 900 persons in need of shelter were identified with different material, social and health needs, while various...

Latest News

Triennial rescheduled to these dates

11 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

In light of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Bank Windhoek and the National Art Gallery of Namibia (NAGN), decided to reschedule the Triennial dates....

Leaders discuss way forward

11 hours ago | Government

The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Tradeau and President Hage Geingob discussed the latest developments in the Covid-19 pandemic in a teleconference. In a statement from...

Vir ’n aandjie af

16 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

Windhoek • [email protected] kry nou die dag ’n boodskap dat ek vir ’n kompetisie moet inskryf, want ek is gelukkig as dit bysulke dinge kom.Daar...

Sean K part of African...

18 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

Namibian artist Sean K is one of 11 African artists who just released a new song, thanking health workers for their commitment and dedication during...

N$58 million to clean schools...

1 day - 02 June 2020 | Education

Windhoek • [email protected] Of more than 340 senior secondary schools across the country, the majority are ready to receive their learners.According to education executive director,...

N$1.4 million for shorn prison...

1 day - 02 June 2020 | Crime

Windhoek • [email protected] A convicted inmate serving 35-years behind bars for the killing of his girlfriend eight years ago, is suing prison authorities for N$1.4...

Mining expo cancelled

1 day - 02 June 2020 | Events

The Chamber of Mines today announced the cancellation of this year's edition of the Mining Expo and Conference.This comes after the Chamber initially announced that...

Another boost for disaster relief

1 day - 02 June 2020 | Disasters

FNB, through the FirstRand Namibia Foundation Trust, donated N$1.5 million to government in response to Covid-19 efforts and aims at supporting the unemployed, small and...

A new home for orphaned...

1 day - 02 June 2020 | Environment

Two lion cubs – the sole survivors of human wildlife conflict in the Sesfontein area – were relocated and released onto a 25 000ha fenced...

Load More