Founded in 2004, the “DRC School Project & Community Centre” is located on sandy soil of the Namib Desert in the area of the Democratic Resettlement Community (DRC), a “township” of Swakopmund in Namibia and is one of the few places in the “township” that has running water, connected sanitary facilities and electricity. In the hope of finding work, many people from the north of Namibia move to the coast, which has led to the formation of poor suburbs in recent years. For example, many of the people living there have no or only irregular work and are forced to live under unfavourable conditions in the “township” of DRC. In DRC, more than 40,000 residents live in corrugated iron huts, without electricity and running water. It is an informal settlement that is only tolerated by the city.

We want to support the school project in the long term:

  • the continuous supply of teaching and school materials,
  • the payment of employees salaries, tax, social security,
  • taking over the costs of fruit and vegetables for our daily food supply
  • the regular renovation of the school containers and the maintenance of the playground

The school project is operated officially by Tangeni Shilongo Namibia. That means, we are always in need of material and financial donations and, despite the little money available, the school project takes children and young adults off the streets and enriches their lives with a lot of fun. We have created a wide range of educational opportunities for this purpose.

The Engine of the school project: The Staff

Bernice E.

is the supervisor. She also teaches a class for children who didn’t receive a placement in a public school.

Dina M.

teaches a pre-school class of around 30 children. She also leads the afternoon program of the school project.

Efraemine N.

has a kindergarten class with the 25 youngest children. She also helps out in the homework classes in the afternoon.

Rejoice T.

is head of secretary and takes care of a homework class in the morning and in the afternoon.

Grace T.

is the Manager of the daily soup kitchen. She also makes sure the school project is always clean and tidy.

Ryaan M.

is our janitor and takes care of the maintenance of the whole property.

† Opa Martin

was indispensable. He cleaned the outside area of the school project once a week since its existence.

Insights in the daily life of the project

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