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Mayana Community Project

Mayana is a small village on the banks of the Okavango river in the very north of Namibia. Made up of former Angolan refugees and native Namibians, the community faces the challenges of poverty, HIV and unemployment. In Mayana we have developed projects in the areas of education, sports and games, crafts, and construction.

Education

Education projects include workshops for teacher trainees of the English-speaking Mayana Preschool, sponsoring teacher training for two women working at the Mayana Preschool, creating a video profile of the local founding teacher of the Mayana Preschool, and establishing a mobile library with 132 books.

Construction projects

We built a shelter to be used by the mobile library and the Kindergarten and an ablution block with toilet and shower facilities for the Mayana Preschool.

Sports and games

We began football training for under-14-year-olds; sponsored football and netball tournaments for the local teams; sponsored the Mayana Midwinter Challenge, a sports event that provides personal athletic challenges and raises funds to support the sport teams of Mayana; held sports festivals for under-14-year-olds; and held an after school program at a local combined school, teaching students card and board games.

Crafts

We established the sit-and-knit project, spreading skills for tourists and locals, and held needlework classes for local women.