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Supporting kids education in Namibia through volunteers and interns

​On Sunday a small delegation from the UNCCD visited “Monica`s Home of Good Hope”, a soup kitchen for poor vulnerable children, street children and orphans situated in Katutura, on the outskirts of Windhoek. The soup kitchen, founded by Monica Imaga, provides food for around 250 kids every day, who all suffer from extreme poverty and broken homes.

Visiting the soup kitchen were Richard Byron-Cox, UNCCD Capacity Building officer, Jeroen van Dalen and Philbert Browne, guided by Miriam Bryne from the organization NamIntern. 

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The soup kitchen is supported by interns/volunteers from various countries, through NamIntern. The interns offer help and advice on proper feeding routines for the children, to ensure a nutritious and responsible diet. It is located in a large township, where thousands of people live in tin shacks. The children are fed every morning, and receive their vitamins. ‘ With the help of the volunteers Monica’s supports the children in many ways, helping them meet some basic needs. Some of the children are not registered at birth, and their parents can not afford to send them to school. Monica’s ensures they receive their vitamins and food, but also has a teacher available and provides them with an educational program.

The volunteers work through an organization called NamIntern, founded by Miriam Bryne, a Norwegian woman, who first went to Namibia as a student in 2009. NamIntern offers internships for students with various projects, like Monica’s, in Namibia. Monica´s Home of Good Hope offers internship and volunteer positions in social work, child welfare, social education and pre-school. The students, mostly from Scandinavian countries, work in Namibia as part of their studies program, thus supporting the sharing of knowledge and enabling capacity with mostly small organizations working on the ground.

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