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Meet Pandu – He’s Fast and Reliable

Oh, my goodness.  We are the recipient of some of the most wonderful gifts!  In this particular instance, the gift is a photocopier named Pandu, and he arrived on our doorstep full of vim and vigor and with lots of capacity for heavy loads.  Not only will Pandu save us a lot of money when it comes to producing information documents and forms for the guardians to complete for the children at our Centre, but (more…)

Laurelton Reign Diamonds Donates to Us Again!!

We are very impressed with this diamond manufacturer, not only because they support Family of Hope Services and our efforts, but because they are truly a good corporate citizen in Namibia.  Our children’s choir was invited to sing at the Grand Opening of their new factory in Katutura at the end of July, and they handed over a cheque for N$100,000 to us (YES!!!!  It’s true!!!!!!).  They have been invaluable in supporting our efforts to improve the lives of our kids.  This is the second donation they’ve made to us.  In 2010, Laurelton Reign Diamonds donated N$150,000 towards the (more…)

RIP Meekulu

In Loving Memory…

We are all shocked by the passing of one of our long-time Care Team volunteers and the grandmother to all of us, Meekulu Secilia Mweukefina David.  Meekulu died on October 11.  Meekulu (the most respectful word for Grandmother in Oshiwambo) showed no signs of illness, and died suddenly of a stroke while in her kitchen preparing a meal for her grandson and other children.  She was 77 years old. (more…)

We Love New York!

No, we haven’t visited New York City and quite frankly, most of us know nothing about it.  But, today many of the children and teachers at Family of Hope Services are comforted as they walk around in clothes that warmed and celebrated the bodies of many kind and caring people in New York.

It all started with a visit from a beautiful woman from New York City, Siobhan Zollner, (more…)

Thank You Namibia Breweries!

More than 600 large and juicy apples were collected from employees at Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) and given to the children at Family of Hope Services.  This was part of NBL’s Cancer Apple Project.  It was such a welcome act of generosity and (more…)

We Have Audited Financial Statements!

We are releasing our first audited financial statement and report since our inception and are proud that we run a transparent organization.  In short, we live within our means, fulfill our sponsor expectations, and never spend more than we have. (more…)

Sponsor or Donate by Credit Card?

Okay, there is good news and bad news with our plans to accept credit cards. The good news is that you can use your credit card to sponsor a child or to donate money to Family of Hope Services.  The bad news is that the transaction won’t be automatic. (more…)

What Happens When the Golden Egg is Laid by a Little Red Hen?

Fund-raising efforts that started with the intention to buy chickens for a former prostitute and HIV sufferer in Katutura, Namibia, turned into sponsoring seven children at Family of Hope Services.    And the journey took a circuitous, yet rewarding, route.

It all began when Jackie Reeder’s daughter, Suzanne Rineer, moved to Namibia.



By Cindy McLamma, June 2010

The lines that criss-cross her face read like a road map marking out the journey she has taken since her birth more than 63 years ago. Secilia Mukefina David, better known as Ouma (Grandmother), is an icon at Family of Hope Services (FHS). She comes every day to assist lead cook, Esther, with the feeding programme, but her impact on young and old alike is much farther reaching.

I first met Ouma nearly two years ago on one of my very first visits to FHS. During that visit and on so many occasions since, I have been drawn to her in spite of our cultural and communication gaps. We converse primarily through non- verbal methods, such as the unmistakable twinkle in her eye when she is amused, which is most the time I am around!