Child Sponsor Namibia
Namibia, with its population of
just over two million people, is located in southern Africa and borders the
Atlantic Ocean on its west, Angola and Zambia to its north, Botswana
to its east and South Africa to its south and east. Namibia came under South
African jurisdiction during World War I as a League of Nations mandate
territory then as an annexed territory after World War II.
South Africa extended its apartheid policy there in 1948. This and other authoritarian
South African laws led to general unrest and the nationalist South-West Africa
People's Organization (SWAPO) started a guerrilla war against South Africa
that lasted from 1966 to 1990. On 21st March of that year Namibia became an
independent nation as the Republic of Namibia adopting "Namibia, Land of
the Brave" as its national anthem.
Today Namibia is considered a stable
democracy, however, like so many African nations faces many problems, not least
the steady proliferation of HIV/AIDS which is estimated to affect 25% of the
entire population leaving 60,000 children orphaned ~ accounting for 50% of all
orphans in the country. It is hard to imagine bring brought up in a country
where 17.5% of the entire child population is an orphan.
Namibia is the second least densely
populated country in the world and encompasses both the Kalahari and the Namib
Desert. Namibia is in 128th place out of 186 countries and territories
in 2013 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge
and the living standards of a country. Life expectancy is just 52.5yrs and 50% of the population live under the poverty line.
Child sponsor programs in Namibia
concentrate on providing care for orphaned and abandoned children, helping with
school fees, uniforms and equipment to promote educational participation and
developing AIDS awareness together with improved access to healthcare.
Assistance is also provided to the remaining 6000 refugees from Angola who live
there, many of whom are women and children.
If you work with children in Namibia tell us about your work here.
You can help when your sponsor a child in Namibia.