The Needs

HIV has been the leading cause of death in Namibia for a decade leaving many children orphaned and vulnerable, particularly the children of the San (Bushman) of Eastern Namibia. These children are the most impoverished and underserved in the entire country.

A study made in Drimiopsis in 2013 identified 14 double parent orphans and 71 single parent orphans. There are many orphans and vulnerable children undocumented, with no parent or guardian present in their lives to provide the information required for documentation. Since 2013 the numbers have grown alarmingly.

The children need:

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our Vision

To assist the San community to help their orphaned and vulnerable children by advocating for their rights, meeting their needs and by building a sanctuary.

how Children's Sanctuary Namibia Society (CSNS) began

In 2013, board members of CSNS became acquainted with Helge Mercker of Namibia and the services she offered through her registered charity, Children’s Sanctuary Namibia (CSN).

Children’s Sanctuary Namibia Society of Canada (CSNS) was established to carry out projects benefiting the orphaned and vulnerable children of Drimiopsis and to work with Children’s Sanctuary Namibia (CSN) as our agent in actualizing these projects.

Our Board

 CSNS & CSN board members in Namibia. Left to right are Helge Mercker, Terry Adler, Chief Ita Kambases and Theresa Matengu

CSNS & CSN board members in Namibia. Left to right are Helge Mercker, Terry Adler, Chief Ita Kambases and Theresa Matengu

Directors:

  • Terry Adler - President

  • Helge Mercker - Board Member, CSNS Agent

  • Judy Dunbar - Secretary

  • Betty Owen - Treasurer

  • Ellen Besso - Vice President

  • Diane Mawson - Board Member at Large