The Broad Range of Issues When Living in Poverty

Orphaned and vulnerable children who live in poverty face enormous struggles that span a broad range of issues.  In addition to not having their basic needs met, these children might also be HIV positive, suffer from abuse, have to work to support the household, and develop a limited view on life from within their very confined worlds.  For children in these situations, it is difficult to develop a good sense of self worth. (more…)

FHS is Administratively Light and Volunteer Heavy!!!!

Would you work full-time for less than $300 USD per month?  How about for nothing?
In the world of sponsoring non-profit organizations, many people are worried that their donations are eaten up by large salaries and overhead costs to provide a good living for the management and staff.  Yet, it is almost shocking (more…)

Education is the Foundation

When Karembera Petrus was less than 10 years old, his father died in their village of Rundu, and Kerembera had to quit school to look after the family cattle. While on the farm and at various family homes, Karembera endured abuse and suffering.  It wasn’t until 2006, when his mother, Lovisa, moved the family to Windhoek to seek a better life for her children that Karembera’s life took a turn full of hope. (more…)

The EU and TDH Co-Fund FHS to Promote Birth Registration and Human Rights

We are privileged to be part of a program that will facilitate the promotion of birth registrations and raise awareness of human rights for children in the informal settlements in Katutura.   The EU and Fondazione Terre des Hommes Italy (TDH) are funding the program to the tune of N$2,7 million, with the EU contributing 60% of the project costs, and TDH, one of our current major sponsors, funding 40% of the project. Our role in the partnership is to deliver information services along with Hope Initiatives Southern Africa (HISA), and to work closely with the Government of Namibia.  We will be setting up an information desk to help caregivers acquire all documentation needed to register for a birth certificate.  This office will be located on the plot of land in Havana (Katutura) that we want to purchase for our new centre.  We will be open (more…)

Where We Live

Katutura is a former apartheid township on the outskirts of the City of Windhoek.

There was a time when communities were self-sufficient in Namibia. The many tribes here survived either completely off the land by hunting and foraging for tubers, roots, eggs and such, or off their livestock and agricultural produce. Europeans started to arrive in the late 1700s. Missionaries started arriving in the early 1800s. Trading was introduced throughout the 1800s. Land grab and exploration was undertaken by the colonists in the mid to late 1800s. The Namibian tribes were suppressed, some tribes decimated through war and genocide in the early 1900s, and the rest enslaved in the various forms that both the German occupants and ensuing Apartheid regime invoked.

By the 1950s, Namibia was well-settled and the Windhoek municipality was now at the heart of the country. Large urban projects were being undertaken, and the municipality wanted to expand and whiten the city, which meant moving the blacks and coloured people into another location. The city built a settlement of housing estates where that was earmarked for the black and coloured settlement and tried to forcefully move people.

Old Location, Windhoek, 1950s

Many blacks and coloured people already owned properties or were settled for a long time in the desired area where the city wanted to expand the white population. Needless to say there were refusals and protests. On December 10, 1959, a demonstration took place in the ‘Old Location’ and Rosa Mungunda set fire to the Mayor’s car. The police shot and killed 11 people and injured 44 others. The Apartheid hospitals refused to treat the wounded. The violence and fear caused between 3,000 and 4,000 people to flee to the new settlement area that became known as Katutura, “the place where we do not want to settle.” The uprising was a rallying cry for independence.

Today, December 10 marks Human Rights Day in Namibia. It remains a testament to gaining freedom from the suffering and injustices that Namibian people endured for over a century.

Downtown Windhoek.

Downtown Windhoek.

Downtown WIndhoek.

Downtown Windhoek.

Windhoek suburb.

Windhoek suburb.

Even though Independence was won in 1990, after many years of blood shed and hardship, a large percentage of Namibian black and coloured people still live in Katutura. Katutura itself has expanded and now is home to over 130,000. People come looking for work in Windhoek from all around Namibia and since most are poor, they have no choice but to settle in Katutura, in the old established area of the township, or in an informal settlement area, or in a squatter camp.

The children that Family of Hope Services supports all live in Katurura. Most of them live in the common tin structures, without electricity or running water.Many  must walk for up to 15 minutes in both directions to fetch water and carry it back to their homes. The city of Windhoek provides public toilets, public water taps, and collects a leasehold fee for the property.

The cost to rent a tin structure without services is often as much as $85 USD per month. The cost to rent a tin structure with services can be as much as $170 USD per month.




Vendors making a living in Katutura.

Vendors making a living in Katutura.


A small business in Katutura.

A small business in Katutura.


Inside the home of one of our children.

Inside the home of one of our children.

The entrance to Siako's bedroom where she sleeps on the floor.

The entrance to Siako’s bedroom where she sleeps on the floor.








Are You a Good Leader?

Youth leaders at a workshop.

Youth leaders at the workshop.

Twenty youth from Family of Hope Services spent five days learning life-changing values and skills to develop their leadership potential.  These youth attended a workshop hosted by two facilitators from The Cleft Trust, Dion Kandima and Brian Mulipah, at the Hodygos Training Centre about 60 kilometres outside of Windhoek.   They were subjected to a host of challenging activities, talks, and a rigorous program.

“One of the many lessons our kids learned at the camp was that you (more…)

Thank you to our Sponsors and Donors in 2011!

Without the generous and on-going support of the organizations, individuals, companies and groups who believe in us and continue to educate, feed and care for the children at Family of Hope Services, none of this would be possible.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to: (more…)

And More Clothes from New York – Thank you, Ms. Zollner!

Something the kids and volunteers at Family of Hope Services always need is clothing!   While the children have school uniforms which are provided by their sponsors, most of the kids have very few street clothes.  Our volunteers also make do with very little.  So needless to say, the thirteen huge boxes that arrived before Christmas, packed full of good quality clothing for children and adults of all ages, was another gift to bring further joy (more…)