1. Where are you operating?
In the Republic of Namibia, Africa. This country is bigger than France, yet it only has 2 million people. So it’s a rare opportunity to really make a difference!
2. How do you identify “orphans and vulnerable children”?
We use the following criteria set by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare to determine whether a child is an orphan:
While all children may be seen as vulnerable in some way or another, those especially vulnerable are children who grow up where there is a general lack of structure, sources of income and stimulation – while negatives such as unemployment, sickness, illiteracy and historical disadvantages abound.
We identify such children as we operate in the community and they are identified by our caregivers.
3. I heard Namibia is a “middle income country”. Why are so many children orphans and vulnerable?
Namibia only became independent in 1990. It inherited a wide income gap, which it has so far, not being able to overcome without destroying the economy. The poor are very poor indeed, and ravaged by tuberculosis and HIV/Aids. Light for the Children Foundation helps to mobilize the community – the children’s home society as well as businesses - and as a civil society, also looks for partnerships with government.
4. What are your values?
- love which manifest in deeds,
- respect towards one another,
- integrity in working with children,
- confidentiality where it’s needed, and
- transparency where it’s expected.
5. Your basis is Christian, do you accept only children of a similar belief?
No, we are committed to serve everybody. We do not "proselytize", but we believe that we are called to shine God's light. The more people "shine", the more the darkness of illiteracy, poverty, violence, hunger, weakness and social divisions will disappear.
6. What is your organizational structure?
We are an organically growing movement, a fact which also determines our structure.
- We are carried by our own momentum, always adding new capacities.
- We empower our own members
- We encourage a high degree of ownership and loyalty.