In Namibia, the summer holidays are over and the schools recently started again. The children of Home of Good Hope (HoGH) are also happy to go back to school. And without a face mask, now that there are hardly any corona (omikron) infections. Every day 'our' about 600 children are back in line for their nutritious meal and Monica's soup kitchen is running at full speed. And that also applies to HoGH's homework classes.
After the Corona peak last summer (winter in Namibia), homework classes started smoothly again in September. Under the guidance of Miss Elisia, the children from the Katutura slum on the outskirts of Windhoek in Namibia receive tutoring in homework classes. This is made possible by Home of Good Hope.
At Home of Good Hope they deliver a great performance.
Because there are simply far too few vaccines against corona available in poor countries such as Namibia, resulting in a very low vaccination rate and many infections, our people from Home of Good Hope (HoGH) deliver a top performance on site. The care for the children of Monica’s Soup Kitchen continues unabated.
During the summer holidays there is literally less pressure in Monica's soup kitchen. But after the schools have started, it is very busy again. Of course, this applies to the distribution of the food now that the school children are coming en masse again for their daily nutritious meal. But the work "beforehand" also requires a lot of effort to ensure that the children can go to school in the first place!
Monica and her volunteers bravely got through it this year. Partly with the help of our loyal donors and generous sponsors. Let's continue that in 2021!
Namibia is located in the southern hemisphere and the seasons are opposite to ours. It is now almost summer and the school year is coming to an end. The summer holidays will soon start. Because of the 'corona closure' of the schools, many children could not take online lessons because they often do not have a laptop or tablet at home. But homework assistance could not be offered either. But our "strong women," Sybil, with Monica's help, didn't let that happen.
With the presentation of the Home of Good Hope (HoGH) policy plan for the period 2020-2025, an official touch could also be given to the appointment of our new mayor Derk Alssema as ambassador of HoGH as successor to former mayor Jan Boelhouwer. The policy plan shows that a lot of support is still needed in the coming years to establish a self-reliant center on site and to realize Monica's dream. Meanwhile, securing the daily nutritious meal from Monica's Soup Kitchen to more than 600 children from the Goreangab slum in Windhoek, Namibia remains of great importance.
Worldwide, the corona ghost is still raging. Especially in poor countries, such as Namibia, the consequences are disastrous. No work means no income. Especially for the families from which the children come who visit the Soup Kitchen of Monica Imanga. And that quickly means that there is not enough money for food and drink. Thanks to generous contributions from individuals and organizations in the Netherlands, Home of Good Hope has been able to meet the worst need so far with extra food packages. Additional help remains necessary for the time being.
We can count ourselves lucky to be living in a country where help and support seem almost self-evident. This does not apply to all countries and certainly not to African countries such as Namibia. Especially the people in the slums are devoid of many basic things because of the lockdown. This is also the case with the families of "our" children. There is hunger and Home of Good Hope (HoGH) now also helps the families locally.
Poor countries and therefore the kids of Home of Good Hope urgently need help. The worldwide corona virus threatens an unprecedented economic and humanitarian crisis. The poorest countries in Africa are the most vulnerable. Namibia, and with it also "our" children from the Goreangab shanty town who are daily designated for a nutritious meal at Monica's "Soup kitchen", have a hard time.
Two years ago in 2017/18 I was working at the soup kitchen Home of Good Hope with many German and Namibian volunteers. They became family.
Corona measures are disastrous in poor countries such as Namibia
The COVID-19 epidemic has caused the government to lockdown in Namibia. We are very concerned because the slums are threatened by hunger and extreme poverty. As with us, all major gatherings are suspended and schools are closed. Also the homework classes have had to stop temporarily, just like the preparation of the daily fresh meals.
Admiration for Monica's soup kitchen and her volunteers
In the fall of 2019, Marjanne and Sabina, two young people studying at NHL Stenden in Leeuwarden, spent six months in Namibia for their international internship in the healthcare sector. They also visited the Home of Good Hope (HoGH) soup kitchen and saw with their own eyes how involved Monica Imanga and the volunteers are in the project. Of course, they also rolled up their sleeves and visited the kitchen where the food is prepared for the more than 500 children who come to eat at Monica every day.
The Home of Good Hope soccer team played some 16 matches in the Khomastal youth competition last season. The transport of the players and the registration fee for this competition was paid from the Netherlands. This made it possible for Home of Good Hope football players to exercise and have training sessions on a weekly basis.
Through extra donations, a lot of new school uniforms, matching shoes and sweaters could be purchased this year, necessary because without a uniform a child cannot go to school! It is also of great importance that school children receive their vaccinations as a result.
They prepare the food that is distributed in Monica's soup kitchen every day in a temporary kitchen at Penduka. Two years ago we ensured that this kitchen was renovated and furnished. As a result, the food could be prepared too far from the dispensing point in a hygienic way. Two years ago, not everything was newly purchased. Many things were reused such as all kinds of kitchen utensils and a freezer. The freezer, which has to work hard in Namibia, really needed updating. But also the cutting boards, spoons, knives and all kinds of kitchen utensils had to be supplemented or renewed.
Monica’s plan became reality
Last year, Monica Imanga came up with the plan to see if it was possible to start real homework classes with expert teachers in addition to guiding the children through young volunteers. Professional forces who know the school system in Namibia from the inside.