Feb 21, 2019

How Sponsors help at Mammadu

At the moon land scape
At the moon land scape

Warm greetings to all my dear friends

End of last year we had our final outing for our top learners. We visited Swakopmund a coastal town from where we did day trips to the surrounding area.  Capecross to visit the seal colony, moon landscape and Welwitschia Mirabilis, Pelican point in a 4x4 Trip and a little cruise in the bay, to see Pelicans, seals and other marine life. Although it was freezing cold the kids took some swims in the ocean. We want to thank Naude and Katja for the 4x4 Tour, Mola Mola for the Cruise and Gondwana for the delicious Brunch at the Delight. 

The kids enjoyed every moment and it will be a lifetime experience for them. 

As you most probably know some of the children have distant sponsors, who contribute financially for the school fees and the wellbeing of the children at Mammadu center.

In some cases the sponsors are not distant at all, two couples came with on the tour last year to spend that joyful time together with their child. 

But unfortunately not all the sponsors have the time or can afford a trip to Namibia, but the kids communicate anyway nearly daily with their sponsor via whatsApp. They send a lot of selfies but they also text a lot, here one of the most funny conversations, for privacy reasons I won't put the names.

Kid: Hi Mom (the kids call their sponsors mom or dad)

Mom: Hi

Kid: Glad to hear from you again

Mom: I'm having exams and I’m studying a lot. How are you?

Kid: I'm fine and I’m also studying hard to make you happy

Mom: That's good! Are you having fun at school?

Kid: Yes I am, but too much work cause I was chosen as a prefect

Mom: Oh really? Congratulations!! What do you have to do as a prefect?

Kid: Look after the lower primary and senior primary and the kindergartens and I should make sure the school is clean

Mom: That is great. Do you like it?

Kid: Yes I do and I will try my best to help others so that they can be prefects one day

Mom: That sounds so good! I am really proud of you

Kid: Can you do something for me?

Mom: Sure, what?

Kid: Can you please pray for me that I pass grate 7?

Mom: I can surely do that. But you also need to put some effort in it and study! But I will do

Kid: I will also pray for you

Mom: Thank you

Kid: Love you, may god bless you with your exams. I LOVE U

Mom: I love you too!

I randomly check their communications, not to harm their privacy but to just know what they do, so when I saw “ Can you do something for me” I just expected a request for a toy or a cell phone but when I went on reading it was just so sweet to me, grate 7 must be truly a challenge for the kids. 

Hoping you had some fun reading this little chat I wish you a lovely day and thank you for all your support during all this time. Should you like to become a sponsor please contact me.

Sand angel
Sand angel
At cape cross with scary seals
At cape cross with scary seals
Ar the Welwitschia mirabilis
Ar the Welwitschia mirabilis
Selfie Time
Selfie Time
On a boat trip
On a boat trip
Nov 21, 2018

New buildings are finished

Happy children in the new Activity room
Happy children in the new Activity room

Warm greetings to all my dear friends

The new facilities at Mammadu Center are finished building. After 2 months and 3 weeks of noise and a lot of dust and sand the new buildings are finished. Now we have a new eating area for the children where all of them can sit properly for their lunches and table manners can be practised. We have a new activity room for the older children so that they have their own space and don’t need to share spaces with the smaller children, we have e new classroom also for the older ones, where they can study and learn in peace and can have the highly desired silence and we have a new shaded parking area. This is truly a huge achievement for us and it only could happen thanks to all your help and assistance. We still need to get a few things like shelves but this still should happen before year-end so that in 2019 we can start properly and ready for new challenges.

Thanks to Bank of Namibia we also have five new fruit trees, they are still very small, same as some of our children, but they will grow and bear fruits and they will become proper trees hopefully like your children will become kind, educated and well behaved young people. It was very kind from Bank of Namibia to plant these trees at Mammadu, we had a little event in that occasion which actually the kids run as they were the hosts and they together with the staff and the volunteers really did a good job and I’m very proud of them. 

Some of the children started attending new private schools, they are very talented learners and I’m very glad that Mammadu can afford to pay school fees for them to provide them with a very good education. Obviously  there were some concerns about how the kids will cope in a new “rich” environment. As we all know children can be really nasty in accepting newcomers. The schools helped in integrating our children but still it’s not that easy as it depends on the kid’s character too. Conclusion one of our boys has been accepted with absolutely no problems, the other kids love him and his school results are very good, he participates in various programs offered by the school like Tennis and Chess, the other boy still struggles a bit, mostly because of a language problem, as he is attending a German class but it was his choice, so I think it will take a bit longer but he too will settle in. The girl, instead, is actually really struggling to find new friends, but was we all know girlies can be really very “b…y” and being a teen doesn’t help at all ! But I’m sure by next year these little adolescent problems will dissolve and things will get sorted.

 Now the children are studying for their end of the year exams, staff and volunteers are packing Christmas Gifts and sorting the classrooms, we are nearly ready for our end of the year outing but about this next time. 

Bank of Namibia planting trees at Mammadu
Bank of Namibia planting trees at Mammadu
Teacher Yolande finished building, just kidding
Teacher Yolande finished building, just kidding
Eating area finished
Eating area finished
Best learners
Best learners
Happy children
Happy children
Nov 21, 2018

We achieved our goals

Bank of Namibia plants 5 trees
Bank of Namibia plants 5 trees

Warm greetings to all my dear friends

The new facilities at Mammadu Center are finished building. After 2 months and 3 weeks of noise and a lot of dust and sand the new buildings are finished. Now we have a new eating area for the children where all of them can sit properly for their lunches and table manners can be practised. We have a new activity room for the older children so that they have their own space and don’t need to share spaces with the smaller children, we have e new classroom also for the older ones, where they can study and learn in peace and can have the highly desired silence and we have a new shaded parking area. This is truly a huge achievement for us and it only could happen thanks to all your help and assistance. We still need to get a few things like shelves but this still should happen before year-end so that in 2019 we can start properly and ready for new challenges.

Thanks to Bank of Namibia we also have five new fruit trees, they are still very small, same as some of our children, but they will grow and bear fruits and they will become proper trees hopefully like your children will become kind, educated and well behaved young people. It was very kind from Bank of Namibia to plant these trees at Mammadu, we had a little event in that occasion which actually the kids run as they were the hosts and they together with the staff and the volunteers really did a good job and I’m very proud of them. 

Some of the children started attending new private schools, they are very talented learners and I’m very glad that Mammadu can afford to pay school fees for them to provide them with a very good education. Obviously  there were some concerns about how the kids will cope in a new “rich” environment. As we all know children can be really nasty in accepting newcomers. The schools helped in integrating our children but still it’s not that easy as it depends on the kid’s character too. Conclusion one of our boys has been accepted with absolutely no problems, the other kids love him and his school results are very good, he participates in various programs offered by the school like Tennis and Chess, the other boy still struggles a bit, mostly because of a language problem, as he is attending a German class but it was his choice, so I think it will take a bit longer but he too will settle in. The girl, instead, is actually really struggling to find new friends, but was we all know girlies can be really very “b…y” and being a teen doesn’t help at all ! But I’m sure by next year these little adolescent problems will dissolve and things will get sorted.

Now the children are studying for their end of the year exams, staff and volunteers are packing Christmas Gifts and sorting the classrooms, we are nearly ready for our end of the year outing but about this next time. 

Two of our best learners
Two of our best learners
Our new activity room
Our new activity room
Building is finished
Building is finished
Happy children
Happy children
So cute
So cute
 
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