In 2003, Patricia Sola and John Mafukidze began cooking food out of their home and bringing it out to the children in need in Okahandja Park informal settlement. To start with, they fed around 30 children, but the number grew fast. They found a shack to use as their base and were quickly running a soup kitchen serving 150 children a day. In December of 2014, they registered as an Association Not For Gain (Section 21) with the name of Hope Initiatives Southern Africa – Namibia.
Most of the people who came for food were orphans and vulnerable children, and they faced other serious challenges in addition to hunger, such as trauma, abuse, neglect, limited access to education, and minimal healthcare provision. In its second year, the center in Okahandja Park started running community-based intervention programs catered toward children as well as their caregivers. Since then, HISA has expanded to run multiple programs. HISA initiated the construction of the first brick building in Okahandja Park, and a center was constructed under Hand In Hand for Children German.
HISA has helped thousands of young people through sponsorship, education, birth registrations with the Ministry of Home Affairs, and nutrition initiatives, which are centered on training and sustainable development, such as teaching parents to grow vegetables and bringing children back into state education. Today, HISA operates from its center in the Kilimandjaro informal settlement. HISA’s programs benefit hundreds of children and young people as well as their caregivers.
We are so grateful to our generous partners who are strengthening children and communities through their support.
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Our programs impact hundreds of children and their caregivers, and we rely on the generosity of our supporters to keep them going. There are many ways to get involved – we invite you to join us in strengthening our children and our communities.
Happy International Day of the Girl Child! In honor of this day, we held a celebration with the girls from the HISA After School Youth Program. We decorated a poster while explaining the significance of the day, talked about our dreams, read stories focused on girls' empowerment, and enjoyed snacks and juice.
A special thank you to the EU, CESTAS, and HISA for their support of the event. We look forward to celebrating with the girls in the Otjizondjupa region in Okahandja! ... See MoreSee Less
Hope Initiatives Southern Africa -Namibia held a Boys Camp in the past week under the EU Project, which is c-founded by CESTAS and HISA.
The theme of the camp was BRO (Boys Respecting Others), and the camp was held at YWAM in Windhoek. 20 boys from HISA's after school program came together to learn about respect, stereotypes, alcohol abuse, HIV / AIDS, and healthy relationships. We also held a talent show where the boys showed off their dance moves, rapped, and performed a drama. It was a great night of celebrating their uniqueness and individual talents!
A special thank you to the EU, CESTAS, and HISA for their support of the event. Thank you also to Lobousky from Young Achievers Empowerment Project, who came to the camp to speak about dreams and the importance of having role models and a vision to work toward in life.
Similar Boys and Girls Camps will be held in the Otjizondjupa region in Okahandja under the same project. ... See MoreSee Less