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WIN . . . . BHM SPECIAL October 2016
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WILDE IN NAMIBIA

 

In May of this year, WILDE traveled to Namibia, in Southern Africa, to share our good practice on gender base violence and domestic abuse.

We had a two hour stop over in South Africa whilst waiting on our plane for the forwarding flight to what basically is a desert country. Namibia is dry, I was told by a native that they had not had rain in three years.

Apparently we also picked the worse time of year as May is slap bang in the winter months. This gave us English fresh spring weather in the mornings; in the afternoon when the sun showed it was warm enough for a light long sleeved tee shirt, and at nights the cold returned with a vengeance and we had an electric heater to warm the room before sliding under the warm, comfy duvet.

We stayed mainly in the capital, Windhoek, venturing out to near by towns such as Okhandjah, based in central Namibia and known as the Garden Town of Namibia, and visiting the Women's Shelter in Rehoboth, another town about 80k from Windhoek, whose ethnic group descended from European settlers and indigenous African women from the Dutch Cape Colony.  

We attended the Africa Day Celebrations at the plush Safari Hotel, we carried out an empowerment workshop for the girls at the Amazing Kids School, visited the theatre and had a breakfast meeting with some actors . . . our whole stay was an experience that I strongly feel can be made into an epic movie.

Share moments of our story through our pictures . . . enjoy

Arriving at Windhoek Air port and met by two helpful and polite taxi drivers
That same night it was off to the Africa Day Celebration at the plush Safari Hotel, in Windhoek, enjoying the dancing, meeting and getting to know the different cultures in the same country.
We were interviewed on Namibia Radio, talking about our empowerment projects with women and girls, and the creative tools we use in promoting economic empowerment as a way of breaking the cycle of abuse. We held meetings with women groups and thoroughly enjoyed going shopping in the market and meeting the Himba women.

The Himba women are awesome business women who know how to sweet talk your money out of your purse . . . our bank managers will agree with that! Their business includes jewellry, clothes and hairstyles. They are fiercely proud of their culture and will fight every endeavour to modernise them. We were told that they were given clothes by the government, but burned them, refusing to be westernised.
Photographs: Najjah Edwards
As you can see from their pictures, Himba women take their beauty serious.

From puberty they braid their hair and veneer each one with clay and red ochre made from ferruginous soils, and they use the same mixture to paint their bodies red.
Namibian Charity Seeks Your Help . . . one of the charities we worked with

We have established two projects in Namibia (South West Africa) and seek your support to ensure that we can sustain it over the next 18 months.

We want to raise 10,000 UK Pounds for development and maintenance of our web-based project; which comes under Creative and Educational Arts project, together with a Wind Power Project in conjunction with the University of Namibia. At the core is our giving arts and technical skills to young people in Africa.

We are asking everyone to make a contribution no matter the sum to help build capacity. 

Please send donations to: (UK or EU currency)
Name: Vacccs Multimedia Services CC
Bank: Standard Bank - Namibia
Branch: IBC 085073
Acc no: 60001973303
Account type: EUR-CFC
Swift: SBNMNANX

Thank you. Please circulate to all your email/Instagram/twitter etc networks.
 
Best regards


Mushitu Mukwame
 
Join our next interactive monthly healthy living workshop on 19th October 2016.
 
Immune System . . . Stress . . . Lupus and Sickle Cell.

Herbal Practitioner, Marion Makonnen uncovers alternative ways of managing these illnesses.

St Stephens Church Hall, Coverdale Road, Shepherds Bush, W12 8JJ 10am-1pm


RSVP: wilde2000@btopenworld.com / 07904 444 569
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