The UN System staff members in Namibia dedicated 67 minutes of their time to the service of humanity in light of the international observance to celebrate Nelson Mandela. The event, which is commemorated annually on 18 July, calls on the global community to make the world a better place. In the spirit of Nelson Mandela, who devoted 67 years of his life to the public service, individuals are challenged to celebrate his legacy by dedicating 67 minutes of their time to service.
On Tuesday 18 July, the UN System in Namibia came together to help members in the local community.The UN family delivered as ‘One’ and donated food, clothes and blankets to the Family of Hope Services, a local charity organization. Furthermore, UN Agencies reached out to schools and charity organizations to read, serve lunch and play games with children.
WHO, FAO and UNESCO staff donated canned food items, while UNIC, UNAIDS, IOM and WFP staff purchased fleece blankets and clothing. The collected items were donated to the Family of Hope Services, which provides education, food and clothing to underprivileged children.The Family of Hope Services was founded in 2003 by Abigail Bachopi and has served orphaned and vulnerable children for over 14 years. With the assistance of 30 volunteers, the organization attends to over 450 children, aiming to restore their hope, joy and dignity through empowering and capacity building programs.
Several agencies spent the day reaching out to organizations in Katutura. The staff of UNICEF visited the Jonas Haiduwa Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre where they read stories and spent time with the children. The organization serves the needs of 97 children aged 3-6. The centre is jointly run by the City of Windhoek and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, and is responsible for educating young children.
UNIC Windhoek staff teamed up with St. George’s Diocesan School to visit the Tilovayeni Care Foundation, a local soup kitchen and day care centre that serves over 70 children a day. The team and the students delivered a short presentation about Mandela Day, played games with the children and donated food items.
UNFPA donated food items to a dedicated family who need support for their 11 children, while UNDP staff members spent the afternoon at the Hope Initiative Centre in one of Katutura’s informal settlements. The team, led by the Resident Coordinator Ms. Kiki Gbeho, relieved the staff at the centre by serving lunch to over 200 children.
By honouring Mandela’s legacy to public service, The UN Family recognizes the importance of making a considerable difference in the lives of the less privileged. The first step to achieving this goal is enabling members of the community to have access to basic needs; to brighten the lives of youth by inspiring them and by making a positive impact in the world.
The United Nations System in Namibia continually strives to implement the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) to move Namibia forward towards the 2030 Agenda. By implementing the vision of Mandela, the UN targeted goal 2, “Zero hunger”, goal 3, “Good health and well-being”, goal 4, “Quality education” and goal 17, “Partnerships for the Goals”.
Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated annually across the globe on 18 July to honour the incredible and inspiring legacy of the late Nelson Mandela. Launched on Mandela’s birthday through a United Nations General Assembly resolution in 2009, the day calls for individuals around the world to dedicate 67 minutes in creating a positive impact in the world.
In light of the commemoration, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek collaborated with four schools in Windhoek for a month-long campaign against hunger through a canned food drive initiative. The project benefitted four local soup kitchens providing food and education to underprivileged children – one of the most vulnerable populations in Namibia.
On Tuesday, 18 July the UNIC team alongside St. George’s Diocesan School set out to make a positive difference at the Tilovayeni Care Foundation, a soup kitchen that caters for underprivileged children in Katutura.The team and the St. George’s Student Representative Council (SRC’s) arrived in the afternoon at the community soup kitchen that is situated in the quaint suburb of Greenwell Matongo, and engaged with the children who are beneficiaries of the Foundation’s activities. The team aimed to disseminate educational discourse about Nelson Mandela and his values through a short presentation and games.
The interactive presentation was delivered on the fundamental concepts of the United Nations, Nelson Mandela and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), with each topic accompanied by a short video. The main focus was not only to inform the youth in the community about the importance of activism but to inspire and leave them with a durable sentiment that creating change in the world is still possible, and that we are all part of something bigger than ourselves.Continue reading →
67 minutes for Mandela is a global UN observance that aims to encourage everyone to dedicate their time to helping others as well as contributing to the unity and progression of humanity. Every year, on the 18 th of July, the world embarks on several charity projects in honour of Nelson Mandela and his great philosophies.
In celebration of this notion, UNIC Windhoek, in co-operation with Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek (DHPS), held the official hand over of canned food to Havana Soup Kitchen at the DHPS Windhoek on Monday 17 July 2017. The partnership between DHPS and the UNIC Windhoek is the third of four canned food drives of the Nelson Mandela International Day tribute whereby all individuals and organisations dedicate 67 minutes of their time to an activity helping those in need.
DHPS Windhoek collected approximately 600 canned food items and generously donated to the Havana Soup Kitchen. The hard work constituted DHPS’s collective effort to uphold their 67 minutes of public service while the event paid homage to Mandela’s tireless pursuit to end hunger and empower the world’s most vulnerable and poor by way of collaboration.
Speaking at the event, Ms. Kristin Eicholz, principal of DHPS, paid homage to Nelson Mandela by reflecting on his influential and inspiring activism. Her endnote prompted emotional charge as she iterated, “It is only when poverty no longer holds people back that society as a whole will achieve social justice for all”. Continue reading →
Nelson Mandela based his entire life on the principle of uplifting others, addressing critical social issues and most importantly sharing a memory in the promotion of justice and social cohesion.
On 13 July 2017, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek collaborated with Windhoek High School (WHS) to host the second Nelson Mandela Day Canned Food Drive. The project is part of a greater effort to assist local soup kitchens with food supplies in commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July. Over 650 canned food items were collected from the event and donated to the Okuryangava Feeding Centre, a local soup kitchen in Katutura.
Four high schools in Windhoek pledged their commitment to alleviate hunger in vulnerable communities—a core tenet of Mandela’s legacy. The initiative has seen tremendous success in solidifying partnerships and assisting soup kitchens, thus easing the burden of soup kitchens and aiding them to focus on servicing members of their respective communities.
At the handover ceremony Windhoek High School students, and the UNIC team highlighted the meaning behind the upcoming day that commemorates Nelson Mandela’s exceptional dedication to community service. The Day was established on 18 July 2009 through a United Nations resolution to commemorate the tireless activism of Nelson Mandela. Its foremost principle is to dedicate 67 minutes to community involvement, assisting those in need of support. The UNIC team has made it a priority to see his legacy continued and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) has consistently implemented in the design process of community outreach initiatives. While the canned food drive project strikes at the heart of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, it particularly emphasizes the second goal, “Zero Hunger”, which is geared towards the elimination of world hunger and malnutrition, as well as supporting sustainable food systems. Part of Mandela’s legacy was advocating for the eradication of global hunger and with the SDG’s now permeating UN initiativesat international and local levels, canned food drives are very much a part of his legacy and the modern strides toward development that the SDG’s aim to achieve.Continue reading →
On Monday 3 July, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) began the second instalment of the #PeacePals project. The presentation was carried out by representatives of the UNIC Windhoek team at both Academia Secondary School and Windhoek Technical High School.
The programme recognizes the importance of an informed understanding of peace by providing an introduction to the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), with a particular emphasis on SDG 16 which focuses on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. PeacePals is based on engaging with school students on the different facets of peace, and sharing the understanding gained with schools across the world.
The content of the presentation covered a range of topics including the importance of peace by elaborating on the negative consequences of conflict on individuals, communities and countries and the different UN bodies focused on conflict resolution. Particular emphasis was placed on refugees and the refugee crisis in Europe, concrete examples of how violence directly disrupts social life and opportunities for human prosperity.
After an informative presentation, the students were given postcards on which they wrote letters to students in Jakarta, motivating collaborative efforts towards achieving peace. These postcards provided an informative, as well as relatable student-to-student platform for communicating concerns and innovative ideas. Continue reading →
WednesdayCelebrateWomen June 2017: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Dr. Varnia Wicomb
Each month through the #WednesdayCelebrateWomen campaign, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates inspiring women making a positive impact in Namibia.
For this month’s #WCW #WednesdayCelebrateWomen, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Dr. Varnia Wicomb, a devoted wife, mother and general medical practitioner with an interest in obstetrics. Check out her interview with UNIC Windhoek to learn more about this amazing woman!
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your career? What is one of your career achievements you are most proud of?
Today, I am a dedicated medical doctor, devoted wife to my husband, Harold Mouton, and proud mother of three beautiful children, Isabella, aged 6 years, Hannah 3 years old and little Luca, now 4 months of age.
I originate from the city of Cape Town in South Africa. There I was raised as the youngest of 3 children to a middle income family on the Cape Flats. Both my parents were raised in impoverished families in small Karoo towns in the Western Cape. During our upbringing the importance of education and humility was emphasised by my parents. Despite financial difficulties in our family, I attained my MBChB degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2003.
The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek and the University of Namibia (UNAM) signed a joint internship letter of agreement to continue making work integrated learning a reality for tertiary students.
Professor Lazarus Hangula, the Vice Chancellor of UNAM and Anthea Basson, the National Information Officer and Head of UNIC Windhoek, came together on 26 June 2017 at UNAM’s Department of International Relations to sign the letter. Continue reading →
Today, 23 June 2017, is the official commemoration of the United Nations Public Service Day, a day to highlight the contribution of public servants to their fellow citizens and the Sustainable Development Goals.Over the past week, UNIC Windhoek has featured the stories of dedicated Namibian public servants in an endeavour to highlight the dedication and commitment of public servants in facilitating sustainable development and recognize their efforts towards social progress.
UNIC Windhoek interviewed social worker Ms. Loini Shinyama, a Windhoek based lady educated in her home-city, but raised in Omungwelume village in the northern part of Namibia. Ms. Shinyama works for the Ministry of Health and Social Services in Rehoboth, focusing on social welfare.
Having graduated from the University of Namibia with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Social Work in 2015, Ms. Shinyama has been serving the Rehoboth community since April 2016. In outlining her duties as a social worker, Ms. Shinyama says, “The purpose of the social work profession is to promote and sustain social welfare, which enhances an individual’s well-being, focusing on the physical, psychological, emotional and practical aspects of their lives. Social work is extensive, involving case work, one-on-one consultation with clients, group work, home visits and community projects.” Continue reading →
The UN Public Service Day celebrates the value and virtue of public service to the Namibian community .In promoting the upcoming United Nations Public Service Day on 23 June, UNIC Windhoek will share stories of public servants over the course of the week.
The purpose of the UNIC Windhoek digital communication outreach initiative is to recognize public servants’ contribution to sustainable development. It also aims at providing a platform to share ideas, knowledge and innovative practices from around the world on how public institutions can best support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
During an interview with Mr. Reinhardt Tsamaseb, a teacher at Vooruitsig Junior Secondary School in Rehoboth, he reins in on his passion as an educator for more than 13 years.
Mr. Tsamaseb is a native of Otjimbingwe which is situated south of Karibib, began his teaching career in the village of Gochas in 2004, but moved to Gibeon a year later, where he stayed until 2007. He has been teaching at Vooruitsig Junior Secondary School in Rehoboth since 2008. Mr. Tsamaseb recalls working as a sales manager in Windhoek when he discovered this noble calling to be a pedagogue.
“I am passionate about teaching. I was working in the retail industry, selling clothes, but I felt this itch to teach and I have the power to harness of learners along with my own power. You also become good at maximizing the best in children to bring out their greatest assets. And you’re teaching them to deal with chaos in unknown situations themselves by supporting them in exercises that allow them to explore the unknown. Continue reading →
On 20 June 2017, UNIC Windhoek in partnership with Windhoek International School (WIS) launched the Nelson Mandela Day: canned food drive for 2017. Windhoek International School collected over 500 cans of tinned food which was handed over to the Kids’ Soup Kitchen (a soup kitchen in Katutura) at a launch ceremony held at WIS.
The launch formed part of the first of four collaborative drives with schools in Windhoek. The campaign is in celebration of Nelson Mandela international day, a day that calls for individuals and organisations to dedicate their time in service of others. UNIC Windhoek partnered with Windhoek International School to serve others by championing a canned food drive to support a soup kitchen in Katutura and moreover contribute toward Goal 2 of the Sustainable Development Goals, “Zero Hunger.” Soup kitchens serve underprivileged children of the community by providing them with meals and educational assistance.
Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated annually on 18 July around the world. Established by a United Nations General Assembly resolution in November 2009, the day commemorates the achievements of Nelson Mandela, who tirelessly worked towards conflict resolution, peace, human rights, democracy and reconciliation. Individuals around the world are encouraged to dedicate 67 minutes – each minute representing a year of Nelson Mandela’s public service – to an activity that aims to help others.
The handover ceremony took place at Windhoek International School. Mr. Samuel Kapepo, the founder of the Kids’ Soup Kitchen, graciously accepted the generous donation from Mr. Peter MacKenzie, the director of Windhoek International School in the presence of the staff and students of the school as well as the the UNIC Windhoek team.
Speaking at the event, Mr. MacKenzie said, “Windhoek International School is one of the more privileged and fortunate schools, therefore we are happy to give back to the community. We are hopeful to start a partnership with the community and partake in more of these activities.” Continue reading →