Imagine your child not having a birth certificate at the age of 14. Aside from all of the other issues your child would have by not having a formal identity, your child would not be able to go to school. This is sadly a situation that many Namibian children find themselves in. But, luckily this situation is changing. The Ministry of Home Affairs along with the European Union and Terres des Hommes Italy have contracted Family of Hope Services to educate the community and to facilitate the birth registration of children and adults alike.
For three days, they lined up by the hundreds outside of Family of Hope’s new location in Havana, Katutura.
The Ministry of Home Affairs sent more than ten employees, plus computers, fingerprinting plates, and I.D. photograph equipment so that people could be processed as quickly as possible.
Elders were given a special place to keep them as comfortable as possible during the process. Many elders still use the former South African identity documents. The South African era ended in 1990.
People needed birth certificates for all kinds of reasons.
One woman’s home burnt down and she lost all of her documents. She brought photos from the fire scene.
Family of Hope is a major partner in the birth registration process by facilitating the process, educating and mobilizing the community to obtain their birth registrations, and by managing the events. This is all possible through their agreement with the European Union, Department of Home Affairs, and Terres Des Hommes out of Italy. The program will continue in 2014.