Jun 4, 2018

Joy and sadly, shame

Burglary
Burglary

Warm greetings to all my dear friends

We had a burglary at Mammadu on the night of the 13th April. Unfortunately the kids were the first to discover it early in the morning of Saturday, 14th when they were waiting for our bus driver to take them on their excursion to a bazaar in the city. Each and every door had been broken open and the thieves had been everywhere. It was a shock to us all. Many children actually cried for days. Practically all our food and pots were gone. It goes without saying that our laptop, radio/ CD player as well as the tablets that had been donated had been taken. It was simply horrible. Thankfully the kids still went to the bazaar and their show was a great success. This at least gave them some distraction. I could not join them but our volunteers managed to keep all the children together and ensure that they had fun.

In the mean time I was waiting for the police as well as the locksmith to repair our doors as soon as possible so that the building did not stand open. The police unfortunately never arrived. Their projected image of friend and helper certainly means nothing. I had to drive to the police station and lay a charge. The locksmith came after several hours and by that evening we were able to lock up everything again. Although our alarm system had been properly switched on it was never activated and consequently our security company did not receive a signal of a break-in. This is still a mystery to me, but apparently the remote control system did not function properly.

For me personally it was huge blow and it took be quite a while to come to terms with it. Hereby I wish to thank many of you from the depth of my heart for the super-quick financial support. We were able to replace the groceries and pots on Monday already. In the midst of all this trauma we however also had a deeply touching experience when Josia’s mother (he is one of our kids) came to offer a donation of one litre of oil, 2 kilogram of rice and tomato ketchup. This simple gesture literally drove me to tears. In the mean time our insurance has also responded. We will receive some repayment and because we are a welfare organization they waived our self-payment part.

The schools also closed for the school holidays and we again offered our holiday program. The kids could watch films (our TV and DVD player had NOT been stolen; obviously they were too old for the thieves). We now have movies such as Avatar and Point Break for our teenagers.  And we also baked coconut biscuits and pancakes. Monopoly is however still the most favourite holiday game, it is simply unbeatable in its popularity and the kids play it daily for hours on end.  

During the holidays we also arranged a trip to the Document Warehouse. This is a huge hangar used for the storage of documents mainly from government ministries. It is very modern and up-to-date and the staff are friendly. The children really had fun. It is always important for me to expose the children to as many experiences as possible in order to further their interest.

On Friday 25th May Namibia celebrated Africa Day. Our President Dr Hage Geingob addressed the entire nation and asked that everyone joins   in cleaning up the country, the streets and the bushveld. We also played our part. Together with the children’s families we removed all the refuse and weeds from Mammadu’s stand as well as the surrounding area. I wish that there would be more such initiatives because they have a very positive and hopefully long lasting impact. 

And now a call to all our supporters in Namibia: on 16th June Mammadu will manage the Café at Greenmarket with the view of making the public more aware of Mammadu. Our teenagers are also taking part and it will certainly be a great experience for them. They are quite excited already and are busy practicing their skills as waiters. 

We still need some cakes and quiches. Anyone who wishes to help or donate or bake something is most welcome. Every bit of assistance is very much appreciated especially because it is the first time that we do this. Please contact me. 

Cookie Time
Cookie Time
At the Document Warehouse
At the Document Warehouse
At the Bazar
At the Bazar
Holiday
Holiday
She is so cute
She is so cute

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Mar 30, 2018

10 years Mammadu

2009 Mammadu Rugby Team
2009 Mammadu Rugby Team

Hallo to all my dear friends

We are celebrating 10 years of Mammadu, lets have a look back

2008 is the year I eventually move to Namibia and the idea to help orphans and children living in poverty gains a sound footing. Initial steps entail the official registration of the Mammadu Trust with the Ministry of Health of Namibia. Quite an extensive process to produce and deliver all the required documents and get them approved, but on 15th July we are officially registered. Paola Ciarlante, a friend of mine and current Chairman of Mammadu Onlus in Italy designs our beautiful logo.

2009 sees the start of the long road of finding a suitable plot for our center. In the mean time our first project among orphans of creating a rugby team starts and is managed directly by myself until 2012. At that time all donations were saved for the purchase of the land. Bruno Cover designs our website www.mammadu.org.

2010 A dream comes true. The City of Windhoek approves the purchase of a 4700 square meter land in Otjomuise, at that time an unoccupied suburb on the outskirts of the city.

2011 Thanks to the confidence all of you had in the project we are able to build the first stage of our center. One classroom, kitchen and toilets. A special thank you goes to Johan du Toit of Windhoek Consulting Engineers who has supported Mammadu right from the start and to this day with the design of the building plans. The first children arrive at Mammadu at the beginning of September. Some of them (now teenagers) are still with us. At that stage we had NOTHING. The cooking was done with a solar oven and we sat on the floor.

2012 Our sports field (fortified with tyres) and garden are developed and we start our recycling project. The shed for garden tools is made from plastic bottles. It is also the first year of our pre-school project in the mornings and assistance with homework in the afternoons. 30 children in total. Support staff : a teacher who also doubled up as our driver and a cook who also did the cleaning and housekeeping. In the kitchen things also improved; we now have our first refrigerator and our first stove. Also tables and chairs for the classroom.

2013 We bought our first small bus to transport our children to school. It was a second/ third hand vehicle but it ran reliably and we were so proud of it. 40 children in total.

2014 Founding of Mammadu e.V in Germany, Chairman Hans-Joachim Weil and founding of Mammadu Onlus, Chairman Paola Ciarlante.

Addition of two more classrooms is possible thanks to donations from the Province of Trient and the Non-Profit Organization Nadir in Italy.

2015 Our old combi is really at its end and we are able to buy a brand-new Mercedes Sprinter 23 seater bus from donations from Germany. Now we can transport many more children to school. We also start our sponsorship program. Today almost all children have their own patron. A thank you goes to Elizabeth Wallner who initiates our women’s project. The women produce bags and baskets and lost more from plastic and paper, and the sale of the items enables them to support their families. Meme Arisa is employed to take care of hygiene and cleanliness.

2016 Thanks to support from the German Embassy an additional building can be erected. It is designed to serve as bakery under the direction of Pastor Mark of the Coptic Church of Namibia. We also celebrate our first wedding at Mammadu.

2017 Our program is extended even further. Since 2017 we not only have a pre-school class but also a Kindergarde for four-year olds. We now have 5 employees: Meme Dina our cook, Meme Arisa in charge of hygiene and cleanliness, teacher Yolande for our little ones in the mornings, teacher Lino for the supervision of the school children in the afternoons and our bus driver with a Class C driver’s licence who drives our school bus every day. 63 children in total. The idea to extend our program further is born and we continue saving.

2018 still needs to be lived through and experienced and reported on. We however hope to start building again soon because many of the children are now teenagers and have special needs. They require their own venues where they can study without being interrupted continuously by the younger kids.

Thanks to all of your for helping us in all of this, thanks for all your support

2011 First building
2011 First building
2013 our first bus
2013 our first bus
2015 Sponsorship Program
2015 Sponsorship Program
2015 New bigger bus
2015 New bigger bus
2016 first wedding celebrated at Mammadu
2016 first wedding celebrated at Mammadu
Mar 30, 2018

Celebrating 10 Years Mammadu

2009 Mammadu's Rugby team
2009 Mammadu's Rugby team

Hallo to all my dear friends

We are celebrating the first 10 years of Mammadu

2008 is the year I eventually move to Namibia and the idea to help orphans and children living in poverty gains a sound footing. Initial steps entail the official registration of the Mammadu Trust with the Ministry of Health of Namibia. Quite an extensive process to produce and deliver all the required documents and get them approved, but on 15th July we are officially registered. Paola Ciarlante, a friend of mine and current Chairman of Mammadu Onlus in Italy designs our beautiful logo.

2009 sees the start of the long road of finding a suitable plot for our center. In the mean time our first project among orphans of creating a rugby team starts and is managed directly by myself until 2012. At that time all donations were saved for the purchase of the land. Bruno Cover designs our website www.mammadu.org.

2010 A dream comes true. The City of Windhoek approves the purchase of a 4700 square meter land in Otjomuise, at that time an unoccupied suburb on the outskirts of the city.

2011 Thanks to the confidence all of you had in the project we are able to build the first stage of our center. One classroom, kitchen and toilets. A special thank you goes to Johan du Toit of Windhoek Consulting Engineers who has supported Mammadu right from the start and to this day with the design of the building plans. The first children arrive at Mammadu at the beginning of September. Some of them (now teenagers) are still with us. At that stage we had NOTHING. The cooking was done with a solar oven and we sat on the floor.

2012 Our sports field (fortified with tyres) and garden are developed and we start our recycling project. The shed for garden tools is made from plastic bottles. It is also the first year of our pre-school project in the mornings and assistance with homework in the afternoons. 30 children in total. Support staff : a teacher who also doubled up as our driver and a cook who also did the cleaning and housekeeping. In the kitchen things also improved; we now have our first refrigerator and our first stove. Also tables and chairs for the classroom.

2013 We bought our first small bus to transport our children to school. It was a second/ third hand vehicle but it ran reliably and we were so proud of it. 40 children in total.

2014 Founding of Mammadu e.V in Germany, Chairman Hans-Joachim Weil and founding of Mammadu Onlus, Chairman Paola Ciarlante.

Addition of two more classrooms is possible thanks to donations from the Province of Trient and the Non-Profit Organization Nadir in Italy.

2015 Our old combi is really at its end and we are able to buy a brand-new Mercedes Sprinter 23 seater bus from donations from Germany. Now we can transport many more children to school. We also start our sponsorship program. Today almost all children have their own patron. A thank you goes to Elizabeth Wallner who initiates our women’s project. The women produce bags and baskets and lost more from plastic and paper, and the sale of the items enables them to support their families. Meme Arisa is employed to take care of hygiene and cleanliness.

2016 Thanks to support from the German Embassy an additional building can be erected. It is designed to serve as bakery under the direction of Pastor Mark of the Coptic Church of Namibia. We also celebrate our first wedding at Mammadu.

2017 Our program is extended even further. Since 2017 we not only have a pre-school class but also a Kindergarde for four-year olds. We now have 5 employees: Meme Dina our cook, Meme Arisa in charge of hygiene and cleanliness, teacher Yolande for our little ones in the mornings, teacher Lino for the supervision of the school children in the afternoons and our bus driver with a Class C driver’s licence who drives our school bus every day. 63 children in total. The idea to extend our program further is born and we continue saving.

2018 still needs to be lived through and experienced and reported on. We however hope to start building again soon because many of the children are now teenagers and have special needs. They require their own venues where they can study without being interrupted continuously by the younger kids. 

Thanks to all of you for helping us all these years and for all your support

2011 Our first classroom
2011 Our first classroom
2013 Our first children attending school
2013 Our first children attending school
2015 our new School bus
2015 our new School bus
2016 Celebrating the first wedding at Mammadu
2016 Celebrating the first wedding at Mammadu
2018 celebrating Independence day
2018 celebrating Independence day
 
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