Building Project on Sanctuary Site
In 2016 the Namibian government donated 4.5 hectares of land to CSN to build a Sanctuary for the orphaned and vulnerable children of Drimiopsis. Support for the development and building on the Sanctuary Site continues to be a top priority for CSNS in 2019. We are pleased to report that the bore hole funded by CSNS donations has been dug and is now supplying the much-needed water on the Sanctuary land. CSNS will continue to support the Sanctuary water supply this year by funding water tanks and stands, piping, fittings and faucets to ensure water for the Sanctuary Mother Building, gardens and Soup Kitchen.
We are excited to report that the Main or Mother building has been erected! CSNS will continue to support its completion by providing funds for building supplies such as paint, cement and glass for windows. In the future this building will house two dormitories for orphaned children and house mothers, as well as a kitchen, dining room, meeting room, office, storage room, laundry, showers and toilets.
In order to ensure security and ongoing development on the land, CSNS will pay for the salaries of a security guard and a gardener/handyman who will live on the property with their families. Food security is also an ongoing issue for the project and CSNS is supporting the purchase of seeds, gardening equipment and fencing for vegetable gardens.
THE SANCTUARY SOUP KITCHEN
CSN, the Namibian sister organization to CSNS, has been feeding 75 or more orphans in Drimiopsis for more than 6 years. A group of very dedicated women from the Drimiopsis Township voluntarily prepare a meal of lentil soup, mealie meal or rice, all freshly cooked and served to the orphans in an outdoor kitchen recently relocated on the Sanctuary land.
In 2019 CSNS will provide the funding for purchase of the food for the soup kitchen where 2 meals per week are provided to the children.
The food Program for Sanveld Kindergarten
In 2019 CSNS will continue to supply the Sanveld Kindergarten with funds to buy and prepare 2 meals per day, 5 days per week for 55 orphaned and vulnerable children who attend the kindergarten classes. This project funds food supplies such as oatmeal, mealie pap, lentils, bread, peanut butter, as well as wood for a cooking fire, water storage containers and transportation costs for purchasing and delivering the food.
This successful program operates from 8 AM to 1 PM week days and is supervised by a kindergarten teacher and 3 volunteers. CSNS Board Member, Diane Mawson, teaches Kindergarten in North Vancouver, BC and her class is a “buddy class” with the Sanveld Kindergarten. Diane and her colleagues have raised almost $5000 for CSNS through their “Pops for Namibia” program, selling popsicles in warmer months to all the school children.
We are very pleased with the progress that has been made to date on the main Sanctuary building and on the land itself. However, there is still considerable work to be done before the project is ready to house orphaned children in order to comply with the Namibian Government’s guidelines for the placement of orphaned children in “family group homes” or orphanages. CSNS is committed to paying for the training of the two House Mothers when the time to house children draws near. As funds permit, CSNS will be helping to fund the Sanctuary main building’s toilets, showers and laundry area. Considerable funds will need to be raised to bring electricity and sewers to the building and we intend working with CSN to contribute to these costly endeavours.
The Namibian government’s donation of land in 2016 was in response to CSN’s demonstration to government that orphaned and vulnerable children in Drimiopsis are vulnerable to many forms of abuse and exploitation. When they reach school age they do not stay in school because of hunger, lack of supervision and absence of support and shelter. With safe housing, a nurturing environment and educational support, they can grow to become change agents for their community, rather than victims who repeat the cycle of desperation and hopelessness.