When all that a child knows is hunger, sleeping in a small, tin shack with maybe more than a dozen people, and sometimes constant fear for their own safety, they don’t even know that there is another world. Family of Hope Services (FHS) is changing that for many of the orphans and vulnerable children in Katutura, Namibia.

 

The tiny entrance to where one of our children sleeps - behind the bar counter in a shebeen (bar).

The tiny entrance to where one of our children sleeps – behind the bar counter in a shebeen (bar).

 

During the day in the shebeen.

During the day in the shebeen.

Providing an opportunity for an education is the first step, but the work does not stop there.  At least 65% of the children that FHS supports require counseling to deal with trauma from some form of abuse.  FHS provides both individual and group counseling and have witnessed positive changes in the kids’ demeanour and optimism.  In fact, in some cases, the psychological growth is remarkable.  In addition to counseling to deal with trauma, over 75% of the children supported need work to build self-esteem and confidence.  FHS provides well-developed retreats, club activities, workshops and drama classes to help these children learn to explore and take on new tasks.

FHS also exposes the children to the world outside of their community in Katutura, by taking them on educational trips to museums, libraries, farms, the desert, and to organizations where the kids can study the various components that make up a society.  This helps the children see that there is so much more to the world and to realize there are many types of jobs and businesses they can strive for in addition to becoming a teacher, police officer, or social worker.

FHS teachers make it a goal to help each child find their inner gifts and talents.

Singing.

Singing.