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.
We gladly accept monetary and in-kind donations. Donations can be made by cash, check, or direct deposit. Please contact us at email@example.com for more information. We also accept in-kind donations year round toward our programs. Our most-needed items include:
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Together, we can bring dignity to the most vulnerable.
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.
Thank you, Olusheno for the donation of solar reading lights. We will use these lights for our new HISA Lighting Library where our students can borrow them to use at home for their studying.Hope Initiatives Southern Africa- Namibia (HISA) is using our A2 solar lanterns to start a lighting library. Students can now check out lights to read or study at night!
Olusheno sales agents visited last weekend to deliver the lights and demonstrate the products during HISA's parents meeting. We are encouraged by HISA's work in the Kilimandjaro settlement and are excited to partner with them.
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