Namibia

According to the World Bank, Namibia is just one of nine countries in Africa considered as upper middle income, but poverty is still prevalent with extreme wealth imbalances. Namibia’s poverty rate is 32 percent with an unemployment rate of 29.6 percent. Poverty in Namibia is acute in the northern regions of Kavango, Oshikoto, Zambezi, Kunene and Ohangwena, where upwards of one-third of the population lives in poverty. HIV prevalence in the country is 16.9 percent.

The Salesians of Don Bosco have been active in Namibia since 1998 and work in Rundu, the country’s second largest town. The number of homeless youth and AIDS orphans in Rundu is growing steadily. The country is one of the five in the world hardest hit by HIV/AIDS.

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Build orphanages & shelters for homeless yout

There is a Don Bosco Hostel for boys at the Shambyu St. Joseph’s Catholic Mission and village in the Shambyu kingdom in Kavango East. The mission was founded in 1930 by the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate and is staff by two native pastors, Father Berthold Mukongwa and Father Michael Murongo. The mission also has a clinic and a Marian House Hostel for girls

Provide youth centers & safe activities

The Don Bosco Youth Center is situated on a two-hectare piece of land, where it takes in children and older youth from the poorest communities in Rundu. The center consists of a large multi-functional hall, a kitchen and bathroom facilities. Children are able to play, access healthy food and use the bathroom facilities. Rehabilitation programs and family social workers help children connect with their relatives in order to reintegrate them back with their families, when appropriate.

Provide clean, safe water

Students at the Don Bosco Center and Don Bosco Primary School in Rundu have access to clean water thanks to donor funding from the Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative.” The project provided a new water tank and pump to supply fresh drinking water. The water supply at the newly opened school has been limited due to water interruptions in the town of Rundu, which has created a challenging situation. The Don Bosco Center, which includes the primary school, administration, computer training center, chapel and other youth facilities, welcomes more than 600 people each day. The Don Bosco Primary School teaches children ages 2-10 who come from conditions of poverty in their home lives. The lack of water often cancelled classes and other programs at the Don Bosco Center.

To address this crisis, funding was provided for a 10,000-liter (2,641 gallon) water tank to avoid water interruptions that often last up to two weeks. The water tank, which has a lifespan of up to 15 years and can hold two weeks’ worth of water, was constructed at the center and connects to the school’s water supply line. A new water pump is helping the school to automatically pump water in the tank, improve water pressure, and save money, time, and energy.

Residents of the Ruurumwe village, located outside of Rundu have access to clean water thanks to donor funding from the Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative,” which provided a new borewell, water tank and pump. The 550 people living in the village are poor and survive on small-scale farming and government grants. The water supply from a small seasonal river is erratic and too often not enough. During the summer, residents survive on water from holes and small wells, but this water is not safe for human consumption. The new borewell and 5,000-liter water storage tank will supply fresh, clean water for the entire village and allow people to grow food for the community.
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Improve infrastructure

Don Bosco Youth Center in Rundu renovated a children’s playground thanks to donor funding from Salesian Missions. Prior to the renovations, the playground was in a dilapidated state and dangerous, leaving children without a place to play and connect with their peers. With the donor funding, Salesians were able to buy renovation materials and paint. The children who attend the youth center come very poor families and some of them have been abandoned. Since the launch of the primary school, close to 120 children use the playground each morning before school. On the weekends, 180 youth attending programs at the youth center utilize the playground. To safeguard the playground, Salesians have asked the school to contribute a small amount of money toward the maintenance.

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Country: Namibia

Date Added: August 23, 2019
Country: Namibia*

Purchase food and supplies for on-going program = $32,424.00

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NAMIBIA: New parish house built with funding from Salesian Missions

5,000 people in community to access youth programs and the parish. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Feb. 27, 2024) Salesians in Rundu, Namibia, have a new house thanks to funding from Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians

WORLD CHILDREN’S DAY: Salesian Missions highlights social and educational programs

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Averting the Disasters of Poverty

Every morning at the Don Bosco Center in Rundu, Namibia, a little boy offers a thanksgiving prayer for a meal he never dreamed he would eat. Recently abandoned and living on the streets, with no way to find or pay for food, his si

NAMIBIA: Youth receive breakfast thanks to donor funding

Don Bosco Youth Center provides shelter and services for homeless youth. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (May 22, 2023) Sixty-three youth who attend the Don Bosco Center in Rundu, Namibia, had a healthy breakfast before school thanks to donor fu

INT’L DAY OF SPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE: Salesian Missions highlights socio-sport programs

2023 theme focuses on the impact of sports on sustainable development and peace. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (April 6, 2023) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organizations and the

New Hope Springs to Life in Rural Namibia

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WORLD WATER DAY: ‘Clean Water Initiative’ brings fresh water to communities around the globe

Salesian Missions makes clean water projects a priority. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (March 22, 2023) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organizations and countries around the globe

(ACI Africa) Salesians’ Clean Water Initiative benefiting hundreds in Zambian, Namibian villages

LUSAKA, Zambia Dec. 1, 2022 (Excerpt) The U.S.-based development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), Salesian Missions, has facilitated the access to clean water to hundreds of residents of a Cathol

NAMIBIA: 550 people have clean water access thanks to the Salesian Missions ‘Clean Water Initiative’

People in Ruurumwe village previously survived on unsafe water from holes and small wells. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Nov. 29, 2022) Residents of the Ruurumwe village, located outside of Rundu, Namibia, have access to clean water thanks to

WORLD TOILET DAY: Salesian Missions highlights water and sanitation projects

‘Clean Water Initiative’ prioritizes building wells and supplying fresh water. NEW ROCHELLE, NY (Nov. 19, 2022) Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco, joins humanitarian organizations and th

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