Community News from Namibia

Jun 18, 2014 |  Community
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Terminally ill San girl travels around Namibia

Wilderness Safaris Namibia was privileged to meet and help Jostaphine, a young San girl who had come to Windhoek from a very remote village to see a doctor only to learn that she had terminal cancer. She didn’t have long to live and her one wish was to see the ocean before she passed away.

Jostaphine © Travel News Namibia

Rudi and Marleece van Vuuren from N/a’an ku sê (Naankuse) Lodge enquired about a possible flight on Wilderness Air to Swakopmund for her, but Rob Moffett was so moved that he offered accommodation and transport for her and Marleece at Kulala Desert Lodge near Sossusvlei, Swakopmund and then at Ongava Lodge near Etosha National Park.

She had a truly wonderful time and loved all the people she met and of course, seeing the ocean. Everyone at Wilderness was incredibly sad to hear that only a few days after she travelled to our camps, she passed away.

Read Jostaphine’s poignant story online at Travel News Namibia

San children from Omaheke attend CITW Damaraland camp 

David Tjavava from Omaheke region and a former Wilderness guide approached Children in the Wilderness (CITW) early in 2013 to lobby for San children to attend a CITW camp. He introduced the idea along with finding alternatives of sourcing transport sponsorship.

San children attend CITW Damaraland camp

The board approved a group of 24 San children to be taken to Damaraland Camp. The San children come from the Omaheke region, very near the Namibia–Botswana border, in an area called Donkerpos which is 450 km from Windhoek and 230 km from Gobabis. David had a 26-seater bus sponsored by Sense of Africa and fuel sponsored by Nature Friends Safaris.

San children attend CITW Damaraland camp

The children were transported from their school to Windhoek. After spending a night in Windhoek at Greiters Lodge, they were transported to Damaraland Camp with sponsored Budget Car Rental vehicles and one Explorations stretch Land Rover.

The children were constantly full of energy, full of fun, excited and amazed. With the little English they knew, they were not shy or hesitant to speak. They had high levels of self-esteem and confidence and were very brave in trying to connect all the English words they knew in order to communicate throughout the duration of their stay.

San children attend CITW Damaraland camp

This same school also received a donation of 150 lap desks and chalk from the Bank Windhoek of Namibia. These lap desks have multiplication tables from 1 to 12 on one side and a drawing board on the other.

All in all, they had a wonderful time at Damaraland and the camp was a great success.

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