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– Amitofo Care Centre Germany e.V. Invites You –

Occasion:                                                Chinese New Year
Date and time:                                     18.02.2018, 14:00 – 16:00
Location:                                                 ACC Germany e.V. (Sedanstrasse 1, 40217 Düsseldorf)

We would be very happy about homemade treats!

Registration requested under:
Bruce Tai                                                 0173- 9999368
Moo-Ping Schnock:                          0177- 3062926

2 Months at ACC Namibia — Report by Beatrix von Eycken — Full Article on One Page

Lecture on 18.02.2018 for the New Year Celebration

at the Amitofo Care Centre Germany e.V.

In Düsseldorf

 

2 Months at Amitofo Care Centre of Namibia (abbrv. ACC Namibia or Centre)

Report by Beatrix von Eycken

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read pages individually:

Page 1: Arrival

Page 2: The Daily Routine

Page 3: The Children at ACC Namibia: The Admission Process

Page 4: The Children and Buddhism

Page 5: The Motivation of Overseas Employees

 


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Arrival

In May 2017, I met Bruce Tai, the Germany representative of Amitofo Care Centre, at the Vesak Festival of the Dhamadayada Association in Bochum. He described the work of ACC Namibia in Africa. Exciting. So exciting that more meetings followed, and I finally left for Okahandja, Namibia, on September 21, 2017 to support the organization for 2.5 months on site.

Min Min Chen, the director of the local Care Centre, with whom I had exchanged in advance, picked me up at the airport. I arrived at 6:30 in the morning, Min left even earlier from the centre to come to see me. Both of us felt a little hungry after a warm welcome and thus decided to take a small breakfast at the airport. Psychologically I had not really arrived in Namibia when she told me that she wanted me to do a human resources database. Mentally I was prepared for potatoes peeling and bed-making. That then the power in the entire airport broke down, I noticed only marginally. Everything had to be a good sign.

Finally, we made our way to the Centre. The ride takes about 90 minutes and you almost only see savanna. We drove by Okahandja, the nearest town with 26,000 inhabitants. 17 km later, the curved roofs of the Centre appear in the savannah. It quickly became clear that I had wrong imagination about the size of the site. It is huge!

We arrived at noon. Rest time for employees and children. Silence and warmth were the first thing I noticed. Now and then you hear a passing car. Otherwise only cicadas and birds. It took me a few days to notice how loud cicadas and birds are. When I arrived, I just noticed the absence of the familiar sounds of cars and planes.

At the end of 2017 on the premises, there will be a warehouse, the dining hall, which houses the administration, the Kung-Fu hall, the temple, the rooms for the staff, the school, children and nannies. At the end of the property there is a solar system, with which the centre is sustainably and independently supplied with electricity.

I am brought to my room: bed, cupboard, table, chair. Generous, bright, practical. On the first floor of the 2-story houses live women, men on the ground floor (because of the snakes and the possible burglars). Couples live in another building, where they have more space.

Water is scarce, Min told me on the way to the Centre. I did not dare to ask what that means. I am experiencing it now: It means that you only have water for 1 hour a day. From 19 – 20 o’clock. The hour is used to fill all possible containers with water. This stock will be used in the next 23 hours for cleaning, washing, toilet flushing etc. However, filtered drinking water is always available to everyone.

After a short break in my room, I made my way towards the administration. Without a shower, I was shown around and met my local and Asian colleagues and I am pleased about the friendly and attentive reception.

The daily routine

At the end of 2017, the Centre hosts 54 children, 11 overseas employees and 24 Namibian employees, some of whom live in the Centre, but to some extent also in Okahandja.

The days of Centre residents begin early. For the children with a morning ceremony in the temple. Then it goes for the first sports unit to the Kung-Fu hall. At 6:40 there is breakfast (Sundays at 7:00), lunch at 12:00, dinner at 18:00. All eat in silence. You only hear eagerly scraping of cutlery on dishes. After dinner, the adults who live in the Centre play with the children or pursue their own activities. At 19:00 o’clock the children and at 20:00 o’clock most adults are in their rooms. Wi-Fi was always a problem, so watching movies or surfing rarely worked. You go to bed early. My room was opposite of the temple. In the morning the singing of the children woke me up. There is hardly a way to wake up more beautifully.

For Julie, the cook and her team, as well as the children’s nannies, the working day started well before breakfast. For most other employees, the day starts at 8 o’clock. Until then, the bus which brings the staff from Okahandja, arrived. After lunch, there is a break for children and employees. Then work continues until 16:00 o’clock. The local staff, who do not live in the Centre, will be picked up again by 4:00 pm by bus. Only a few people can afford a private car. The bus is not public transport. There is almost no such thing. It is hired and paid by employees of various employers and then drives from station to station. ACC Namibia wants to change this for their own employees and organize their own transfer. This saves money and time for local employees.

The staff that stay at the Centre and the children share breakfast and dinner together. Every day and every meal, Julie and her staff serve Asian food for the overseas staff and local food for the kids and Namibian staff.

Saturdays will be worked till noon. After lunch, the free time begins. You can do your laundry (without a washing machine), watching the cows and goats that always get lost somewhere of the centre, playing GO (a strategic board game) with colleagues or badminton. When we found the game in one of the donation containers, the joy was huge.

For some professions, e.g. nannies, other working hours apply: they also work weekends, start earlier and work longer. They are entitled to free days, which they then have to take in such a way when care for the children by their colleagues is guaranteed. There are similar regulations for the kitchen staff.

Slowly, another sense of time sets in: There is always a lot to do, but the feeling of being rushed disappears. All life takes place in this one place. There are no long ways and you just have to take care of your task. Cooking, shopping, planning your free time: All these do not happen. Either because there is no possibility, or because others take care (like Julie about the food). There is hardly any distraction by the media.

The overseas employees are divided into two groups and on Sundays trips are made alternately. This opportunity is used to do the necessary shopping in Windhoek and Okahandja or to explore the area.

The children at ACC Namibia: the admission process

The children I encountered there were between 6 and 8 years old. The admission process is very time-consuming: The legal guardians can contact ACC Namibia via SMS, Whatsapp, telephone or e-mail. Each request will be responded. Towards the end of the year, in time for the start of the new school year (in January of each year), the director and the Namibian social worker Martha set off. All children for whom an application has been made will be visited. From time to time Min and Martha are accompanied by other staff, if e.g. translators are needed. There are 11 ethnic groups with their own languages in Namibia. English or Afrikaans is not always spoken in the families. In these cases, local employees with the appropriate language skills are drawn to translate.

Visits to the children serve to form an understanding of the circumstances in which they live. Orphans will be definitely accepted, half-orphan often. For the children, who still have both parents, a matrix has been developed that assesses: in which environment do the children live, do the parents have work, are the parents able to take care of the children, etc. Photos and a report from each child will be taken. Only after all children have been visited, the choice then be made. At the end of 2017, there were more than 100 applications, which means over 100 visits had to be done. And the distances in Namibia are great …

At the beginning of the school year, the children will be picked up by ACC Namibia and examined at the nearest hospital at the expense of the organization. This is where life begins in the Centre: Once you are admitted, all the school education, school supplies, drugstore items for the children, medical care, are provided by Centre. Also – if necessary – the journey to the family, because once or twice a year it goes back home. Shortly before the start of the big holiday in December, just before the end of the school year, the parents are invited to a Family Day. The children practice dances, songs, small plays and Kung-Fu choreographies, which they proudly show their parents. The parents should get an impression of the life of their children in the Centre. If the parents can not come because of the distances, they will be picked up and later brought home together with the children.

The children and the school

The school education is based on the Namibian curriculum and consists of the classes 1 – 12. The school operation in the Centre is still developing currently. At the end of 2017 there were the classes Pre-Primary and 1 and 2. With each school year the following will be added. Local teachers teach. Their selection emphasizes that they can live up to the circumstances. The children are coming from a difficult environment and have already been through a lot. They bring their problems, fears and worries to the Centre and often feel homesick at the beginning. All these need to be taken by experienced educators. To ensure this, the Namibian principal accompanies the selection of appropriate forces.

The additional offer from Centre also helps the children to settle in: they move a lot and receive Kung-Fu as well as meditation lessons. The principal confirmed that this helps them to calm down after a period of exercise. In order to increase the career opportunities of the children, they also receive Chinese lessons. Classes in these subjects are given by Asian teachers.

How do the children live?

The children live together with their nannies. A nanny takes care of 8 children, spends her time outside school, is the contact person and sleeps next door, so that the children are never alone. ACC Namibia strives to hire nannies from the same ethnic groups as the children. This is to make sure that they do not lose their roots, that they do not forget their own language (the school teaches English and Afrikaans, the lessons themselves take place in English), get to know their own songs and dances. Several children sleep in a room. Each has a desk, storage space for his or her belongings and a bed.

Martha, the Namibian social worker, is also always available with help and advice. She is a woman with great work experience, to whom children and employees trust. The children can contact her at any time, as well as the nannies, if they notice any abnormalities.

The children and Buddhism

Buddhism is virtually non-existent in Namibia. Most Namibians are Christians. Many are very religious. ACC Namibia is a Buddhist organization and lives up to its values. For example, no meat are eaten. But Buddhism also means that it is up to the children to decide for themselves to take refuge in the Buddha. You have the chance to get to know Buddhism. A proselytization does not take place. The goal of ACC is to educate respectful, educated, and tolerant people who are open-minded to other cultures and faiths.

There is a morning and an evening ritual for the children to attend and there is instruction in ethics and meditation. However, the director herself is very respectful with regard to the faith of the children. This tolerance is also reflected in the fact that not all Asian employees are Buddhists – nor are I.

The contributions

All life that is created and kept here is 100% donated. The food per person for one day costs: breakfast 2 NAM $, lunch 4 NAM $, dinner 2 NAM $. Ca, 15 NAM $ are 1 Euro. When I was there, about 90 people (including the employees who live in Okahandja) received meal at noon. The plan is to supply 300 children in the future. More employees are needed. In addition, the costs for personnel, land, fleet, clothing, …

And that’s not all: ACC Namibia also supports Namibian society outside the centre- By 3 soup kitchens with food.

When I was there, a container came, full of various things and objects. Apart from clothes, herbs and many other things, there was a table for table tennis. The joy was huge. But there were also wheelchairs. ACC distributes these wherever is needed. The procedure is the same as for the children: everyone can register their needs and then there are individual cases. In all this, one feels the great responsibility to the donors to handle the gifts with the utmost care.

The ethical claim

In general, the ethical aspiration that ACC enjoys in Namibia is admirable. This not only concerns the handling of the donations, but also all other sectors of life. It begins with not bowing to the ubiquitous corruption. Laws are followed and no loopholes are sought to avoid them. If a mistake is made, it is acknowledged and corrected. In the German economy, we often talk about the need for a positive culture of mistakes. ACC Namibia lives it.

Situation on site

This ethical aspiration is upheld in a country where corruption is omnipresent. I’m from Germany and I’ve never realized what corruption means for everyday life. When I read an SMS with a money claim for a public service, I first laughed. Until I realized what it really means: no security.

Planning security is also a difficult topic. For example, Due to lack of funds in 2017, the school year at public schools will be shortened by 2 weeks at short notice. The state could not have paid the teachers. Since ACC Namibia is oriented to the public schools, the school year was shortened here as well. Many plans had to be changed.

Namibia is a poor country, despite its immense mineral wealth. Unemployment is high, between 25 and 30%. The distances are huge. When ACC Namibia places a job advertisement for cleaning staff in the local newspaper, people from all over the country apply. For the job interviews they accept long journeys. There is basically no public transport, i. e. people use the transportation opportunities that are offered. So they are already 3 days on the road, to appear on the agreed interview date in the Centre, “neat and tidy”. The talks last sometimes less than 30 minutes, because if a candidate is very thick or you see joint problems already in her way to move, a cleaning job is meaningless. Of course, people notice this. Then comes the despair. Often silence. Tears in the eyes and softly spoken words. “I do anything if I can only work”. And then they go. In her best clothes. Back on the long journey, which will probably cost her her last money.

High unemployment makes it difficult for foreign organizations to bring foreign workers to Namibia. The own workforce should be protected. This makes it extremely difficult to obtain work visas. This also applies to volunteer work. Man does not want too much work to be done free of charge by foreigners, thus depriving the inhabitants of further opportunities to find work for a small wage. On the other hand, foreigners can of course bring expertise. It is a real tightrope walk.

The motivation of Overseas employees

With which expectations do the overseas employees come to Namibia? Not all of them are Buddhists, few are young, most are over 40, many are over 50. There is no need to be adventurous. There is a lot of work, some 7 days a week and the Centre is far from any distraction. Drink a beer or go shopping? Dead loss. There is no TV, Wi-Fi, with which one could watch movies over laptop, is not stable enough. The most exciting thing I experienced was the 3.80 m long giant python that was discovered and killed on the neighboring farm. Even the goats and cows that came by regularly offered a variety. Water is scarce. Not an easy life.

So why do people take it all on? I asked some of them and their answers were, “Doing good,” “supporting Hui Li,” and “sharing good things.”

My personal resume

What is the correct adjective to describe my experiences? Difficult. If I should limit myself to one, I choose “enriching”. It was not all nice, it was often difficult, there were language problems, cultural differences and always a feeling of loneliness.

You get to know another life: you have no distraction, you can not escape the environment. You have to arrange. Over and over again. You should not show your feelings spontaneously, because you have to be able to face the other the next day. You can not stay out of the way. The usual distractions are not available. One becomes humble. And gets by. You realize that you can live with little and it is still sufficient and you realize that you are surrounded by a community in which you are supported.

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Report No. 3: The admission process to join Amitofo Care Centre

In October I had the chance to accompany Martha Gaingos, the social worker at ACC Namibia, during the admission process for Amitofo Care Centre. Parents or the persons responsible for a child can contact Martha and inform her that they want to have their child educated in the Care Centre. In a first step, all interested persons are collected in a list and clustered according to region. The applications are collected till the end of October.

In the following weeks, Martha and the director (or another observer) drive to the applicants to see the environment in which the child is educated. This measure shall help to identify the real vulnerable children with focus on orphans or half-orphans. Before the visit starts, it has to be clarified which language is spoken in the family as not everybody is able to speak Afrikaans or English. Martha speaks Damara. But apart from that, there are several additional languages and in case of need somebody has to join the trip in order to translate. Usually, one of the caregivers can serve as
translator as they are coming from different tribes.

The next challenge is to find the applicants. Some of them live in slums, which are sometimes illegal and not registered. Consequently, it is difficult and time consuming to find the respective shack. Before you find somebody you need to ask a lot of people, then finally we are sitting in front of a shack. The living environment of the children is sometimes really devastating, as well for non-orphans. It is absolutely normal that mothers are left behind by the father already during pregnancy, without financial support. The mothers do not have work, so that some of them are really struggling.
During the visit, ACC Namibia presented with all specialities and possibilities (e.g. the Chinese language lessons). The parents or guardians shall know who is taking care of the children. Of course questions from their side are welcome. Afterwards, Martha interviews the parents using a questionnaire, which refers among other things to the psychic and physical health of the children, their environment or as well how the guardians earn their living. In a last step, the children and their direct environment are photographed.

When all the home visits are done, a committee consisting of director, Martha and the other observers/translators decides which children will finally join ACC Namibia. 40 children will have the chance to join the school in 2018, but Martha already faces 100 applications. In December, all applicants will be informed of the decision of the committee.
It is a time consuming and intense process, requiring a lot of energy of all participants. But nobody complains, quite the contrary the necessity of the process it is emphasized.

Today my interview partner is Martha Gaingos, the social worker. She is 58 years old and Damara speaking Namibian.

Q: Martha, since when do you work for ACC Namibia?


A: I work for ACC Namibia since June 2016

Q: Which criteria do you apply during the home visits?
A: Our first focus is on orphans and half-orphans. So in case that a respective application is made, it is almost 100% sure that this application is accepted. But a lot of parents and guardians apply while the children are neither orphans nor half-orphans. In these cases the home visits help us to identify vulnerable children suffering from extreme poverty, where parents sometimes cannot afford the living of the child and do not have enough money for food or even water! Other children live in a surroundings which puts them in danger, e.g. when we have the impression of abuse. In these cases, we also accept the applications as far as possible.

Q: What are your tasks apart from the home visits and the selection process?
A: The well being of the children is my main task. I have to make sure for example that the children are safe in the Centre, and for example the nannies treat them well and that teachers do not beat them. I talk to all of them, asking for their observations. If they inform me of any child making an unhappy impression I will try to find out the reason and, consequently, as well a solution. I also talk to the children, they know that they can come to me with their complaints.

Q: What is the Namibian government doing to improve the situation of the children?
A: Not so much. We appreciate that Amitofo Care Centre received the approval and was able to become active. But apart from that, the situation for the children would be worse without the help of ACC Namibia and similar organization.

Continue reading Report No. 3: The admission process to join Amitofo Care Centre

Report No. 2: The school — GERMAN VISITOR BEATRIX AT AMITOFO CARE CENTRE NAMIBIA

My second week at Amitofo in Namibia starts with an award ceremony. The second trimester just finished, so it is a good moment. In each class 3 prizes will be distributed: for the best performance, for the best development and for the best behaviour. There are 3 classes, which means 9 prizes will be given. The pupils are not aware of anything this Monday morning. But it is clearly extraordinary that the director, Min Chen, is in the courtyard, talking there with Paul Frederik Damaseb, the school principal. The children are asked to come together in front of the stage which is located in the middle of the courtyard. Paul enters the stage and asks the children at the beginning to sing some songs. They are absolutely enthusiastic in following his request. Afterwards, Paul increases the tension of the children by starting to give little hints that a secret is waiting for them this morning. At the end he lets the cat out of the bag and all children start to beam. Some literally start jumping from one foot to the other, hoping that their name as well will be mentioned. The prizes are distributed. Not every hope is satisfied. But after a short moment of disappointment you can see the change in the children`s faces and that they start to share the delight of the happy ones. The director holds a little speech. The celebratory moment is over.
The Namibian school system disposes of the grades 1 – 12. For some years now the visit of school is free of charge. But because of the difficult financial situation it is currently considered to reinstall school fees. Visiting school is compulsory.
The Yuan Jue Private School, which is financed by Amitofo Care Centre, offers currently three classes: one pre-primary grade 0 with 23 children and two grade 1 classes with totally 31 children. The next school year will start in January 2018 and by then the first grade 2 class shall be offered. It is the explicit target of Min Chen to offer the complete Namibian curriculum in the school. All grades (0 – 12) shall be offered within the next years, thus offering the children the possibility of a continuous education in a safe environment with stable structures and known friends. An education which even exceeds the curriculum of public schools as the children benefit from an almost daily martial-arts- and Chinese-training as well as from an ethics- and meditation classes given by a Shifu (= respectful way to address a teacher). These lessons are not about religion but about the sharing of values and the learning of meditation as an art to achieve a balanced and focussed mind.
To offer all grades means a large extension of the school. It is planned to offer 500 places for pupils at the Yuan Jue Private School. Teachers as well as all the other staff – e.g. kitchen assistants or cleaning staff – needs to be increased accordingly. In consequence Amitofo Care Centre and Yuan Jue Private School will become increasing importance as employers of the region.
But for the time being these are still plans. Currently, there are fifty four 6-8 years old children, who have to be provided. So caregivers take care of them when they are not in school. Caregivers are young women originating from the different Namibian tribes. Each caregiver is looking after 8 children, doing homework with them, comforting them and sleeping directly next door to them. This measure shall make sure that it remains normal for the children to talk in their native language and to sing their own songs. It is not the target of Amitofo to disconnect the children, it is the target to teach them diversity. And their native culture is of course part of it.
Today`s interview is with school principal Paul Frederik Damaseb. He is 63 years old and is Namibian talking Damara.
Q: Paul, since when do you work for Yuan Jue Private School?
A: I have started to work here around June 2016.

Q: What is your educational background?
A: I was teacher for 37 years, also in the function of a principal. And for some years I was the mayor of Okahandja.

Q: The children are coming from difficult environments: What are the consequences?
A: First of all it is sad to see that not all children have similar chances. Some children are coming from a really poor environment and it is good to see that Amitofo brings at least some of them back into the system. Sometimes they show deficits in cooperation or in adjusting to the new environment. In these cases, it is of course helpful to have a long experience. It will support you in finding ways of solution. Sometimes we do extra classes in the afternoon to help the children to adjust, sometimes we ask other schools for help. Here, in Okahandja, there is a good exchange within the schools. Teachers from other schools are willing to come and support us in case of emergency.

Q: The curriculum is extended compared to the curriculum of Namibian public schools and offers for example classes in meditation: Do you see any effect on the children?
A: Yes, indeed. You can notice that the children become more focussed and that they calm down. The Kung-Fu-lessons provide them with a good physical fitness.

Q: Does it make a difference for you to work for a Buddhist organization?
A: No, not at all. For me it is a question of values and of the target. We all are working for the best of children and to reach this goal it does not make a difference if you work for a Buddhist or a Christian or whatever organization. Continue reading Report No. 2: The school — GERMAN VISITOR BEATRIX AT AMITOFO CARE CENTRE NAMIBIA

Report Part 1 – German visitor Beatrix at Amitofo Care Centre Namibia

Finally, in the early morning of 22 September 2017, I arrive in Windhoek, Namibia. 6.30 a.m. Dawn offers a variety of colours between grey and rose, the coming heat of the day can already be felt in the cool morning hours. Swallows change direction in the very last moment before crashing in me. These are my first impressions of Namibia after leaving the plane. Min Chen, the Taiwanese deputy director of Amitofo Care Centre, picks me up and drives me to the Care Centre. It is located close to Okahandja, at street C 31. It is a very undulating road and on top of one of its „waves“. I can see all of a sudden the red and blue roofs of the centre. Driving down the wave let them disappear immediately.

We arrive at noon, resting time for employees and children: There is nothing around but savannah. The first thing you will note after stepping out of the car is this incredible silence. Now and than a bird, now and than an insect, very rarely a car passing by. Nothing else. You get used to this silence quickly: In the second night the flap of a moth will make me wake up – and I live in 50 m distance to a highway in Germany ….

Min is leading me around, showing me the centre: The centre contains of various building complexes. There are for big halls: the multifunction hall, the gym hall, the warehouse and the restaurant/administration hall. All of them huge. The rooms for employees and guests are behind. The centre is giving work to 11 employees from various Asian countries and 23 local employees. Currently, some positions are still vacant and the director is looking for more local staff to be employed.

The dormitories and class rooms of the kids are located in separated buildings, which are grouped around a inner courtyard. All rooms are airy and of sufficient size. 54 children aged between 6 -8 years are currently living in the centre, visiting pre-school and school (grade 0 + 1), learning amongst other things English, Mathematics, Chinese, Kung Fu. Their education at the school is cost free and is made possible by donations.

Then I have got the chance to meet employees and children. The warm welcome helps to feel comfortable. The food is tasty and the rooms are nice. So the big adventure which I would like to share with you can begin.

I will pick up certain topics and present them to you. Each report will also introduce one of the employees at care centre and of course this time we will start with the director, Min Chen.
Min Chen is 42 years old and comes from Taiwan. She is working for Amitofo Care Centre since 2009. At the beginning she was in the administration area. As a next step she decided to take over the position of a director of Amitofo Care Centre Namibia when it was offered to her.

Q: Min, when and how did you first came in touch with Amitofo Care Centre?
A: My first contact was indeed a professional one: I was looking for a job as a designer and a friend of mine knew somebody at Amitofo. She put us in touch and that is how the cooperation started.

Q: You are living and working now in Namibia for 2 years: What was your biggest challenge until now?
A: One of the biggest topics that occurs when working in a different country are the intercultural differences. It takes a while to understand the different values and mindsets – on both sides. It is our ambition to offer a good working atmosphere for local employees and for those employees coming from different countries. So understanding and respect are needed. It is not always easy but we are on a good way. Bureaucracy is another challenging topic: To get acquainted with new legislations and regulations is a hard and difficult job. We are happy that the Namibian people are so friendly and patient and always willing to answer our questions.

Q: How does the integration of the care centre into the Namibian surrounding work out?
A: We have local volunteers who are our board members. We are supporting three soup kitchens, we receive donated wheelchairs, which we distribute. To find the receivers, people in need can send in an application. We will visit them to check the situation in order to make sure that all donations really go to the people in need. And we organise international events, where donors and people from Namibia come together.

Q: What are the ambitions of Amitofo as a Buddhist organisation?
A: At the beginning there were fears that Amitofo’s target might be to do missionary work. This is definitely not the case. Our interest is to provide the children with the possibilities offered by a good education and a safe environment. We want to create an open mindset in them which is open to other cultures and helps them get an international vision of the world.

Q: Which steps are planned next?
A: We will apply to implement the grades 2 – 7 step by step in order to provide the complete Namibian school curriculum. Further constructions are ongoing, as it is our goal to offer domicile for more children. And of course we continue our current program. That means we currently look for children to join our school for grade 0 + 1. Applications were made and we are going to visit their homes together with a social worker to make sure that we choose those children with the highest need.

Q: What do you demand of yourself and of your employees?
A: I am happy when I see that people are passionate in what they are doing. It is great to see an international community growing together and learning from each other.

Q: What did you expect for yourself when you accepted to work in Namibia?
A: I had a certain vision in mind when I accepted my position as a director. There was a certain clash with reality after my arrival but it is my ambition to solve all the problems and to create an open and respectful environment focussing on the benefit of the children.

Continue reading Report Part 1 – German visitor Beatrix at Amitofo Care Centre Namibia

Beatrix is going to support ACC Namibia for 2 1/2 Months

In May 2017 we met Beatrix at the Vesakhfest in Bochum. ACC Germany had followed an invitation to the ceremony in Bochum.
In a personal conversation she showed her interest as a volunteer in Africa.
To the joy of all she goes on 21.09. for 2 1/2 months to ACC Namibia and will support the director in many fields.
Before her departure, she paid a visit to ACC Germany e.V. in Düsseldorf. On this occasion, we were able to hand over the stationery we
prepared for children and staff in Namibia to her that she can passes over upon her arrival in Okahandja.
We sincerely wish her a good time !

Continue reading Beatrix is going to support ACC Namibia for 2 1/2 Months

Lecture: Reborn of used cables — Muxiang Kang

Lecture: Reborn of used cables

The cables were in use from the Taipei 101 and transported 13 million guests.
A total of 480 kilometers of cables lay in the camp and wait anew.
Artist Muxiang Kang has worked 1 1/2 years to clean the hard cables
and transformed them in different figures.

Speaker: Mr Muxiang Kang
Venue and time:
Sun. July 30, 2017
14: 30-16: 30
Amitofo Care Centre Germany e. V.
Sedanstr. 1, 40217 Düsseldorf

Organizer: Alumni Rhine-Taipei Chinese School
German-Chinese Businesswomen Association Middle

Participation fee: 10€

Please fill in the form in the link.
https://goo.gl/forms/bGny1WRNWL5ntsKE3
Contact person:
Lili Chen: chen@jj-computer.com

Event:

17.6. – Lecture on ” Happy Family ”,
Theme: Healthy mother brings strong baby to the world.
From 14:00 clock in ACC Germany
Speaker: Dr. Kai Meng
Welcome !  Pre-registration required!
Tel: 0211-464170; 0173 9999 368
Mail: info@amitofo-care-centre.de
Venue: Sedanstr. 1, 40217 Düsseldorf

Event:

Sat. 04. March 2017
Time: 14: 00-16: 30
14: 00-15: 20 Lecture about health care in spring
15: 20-15: 40 Break
15: 40-16: 30 Discussions
Speaker: Dr. Kai Meng
Location: ACC Germany

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