ONGWEDIVA Town Council Sam Nujoma Multi-Purpose Centre After school program for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Back ground of the programme • This is an after school programme with funding from the community in the form of food, clothes, books and toys. • To register, the children must be resident of Ongwediva and nearby villages, attending school and not register with another OVC programme. • Originally 800 children were registered and 115 have been accepted and participated in the programme. • Children attend on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 2pm until 5pm. • They receive assistance with home work, help with reading and spelling, educational games , video and a meal before going home. • The holiday programs are organised for them to attend other extra curricular workshops in life skills and information technology What have we achieved so far • Children learning to excel in their education, rising above their vulnerable status and becoming productive members of Namibian society. • We have completed 3 workshops for caregivers on awareness session, psychosocial support and on the care and hygiene. • Done sessions on HIV/AIDS to OVC. • Give the training of window of hope to both volunteers and the children. • 40% increase in the number of OVC and support group served by the centre. • Twenty eight (28) youth aged 8+ trained in computer skills. • Twelve youth aged 10+ trained in applied paper technology. • Started with a vegetable garden to serve the OVC. Plans for the next year 2006 • To shoot a documental video for OVC to depict their life style. • Create an OVC gallery (art work) • Educate 30% of the children in the computer skills. • Develop life skill clubs within the programme. Recommendations • To address the needs of the OVC we need the combined effort from the government, private sectors and civil society.Together we have a better chance to implement a focused and sustainable initiatives to improve the quality of the lives of these unfortunate children. • Community members (traditional leaders, business communities and churches ) should come together in order to help these children in need.