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Namibia Sustainability Trip

€510 of €500 goal

Raised by 11 people in 12 months
Created January 15, 2018
Jack Wessels
on behalf of John Wessels
Hello. My name is Jack Wessels and I am a 10th grade student at the International School of Paris (ISP).


This July, I will be going with my school’s Sustainable Development Project team to the Kalahari Desert in Namibia to assist in the renovation of a boarding school. In the Kalahari Desert, settlements are few and far between. It used to take children upwards of 3 hours to get to their school from their settlement. To solve this problem, ISP built a boarding school 7 years ago, and it is now in dire need of refurbishment, which will be the our team’s focus. We will be in Namibia for  3 weeks, and we will be doing a multitude of tasks including, but not limited to, painting and refurbishing the school, assisting in the creation of a sustainable garden, and teaching English and sexual education courses in the community. All of these tasks will be accomplished with the help of the local community, with the intention of teaching a system of sustainable development--environmental, economic and social--in a challenging environment.


All funds from this campaign will be used solely for project materials and supplies. This includes, paint, school supplies, tools, new clothing and shoes for the students, and gardening materials.  No funds raised through Go Fund Me will be used for travel or administrative costs. All the money that you donate will go directly to the people of Namibia and the children of the school.
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Posted by Jack Wessels
5 months ago
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Namibia Sustainable Development Project, 2018

The Namibia SDP 2018 Trip was a success! I write to all of you today to let you know of the work done by the SDP Team, accomplished in great part because of your donations. Our goal for this trip was to bring education, school renovation, and new construction to the small village of Otjimanagombe in Namibia. We spent 2 full weeks on site constructing a playground for the Omuhaturua Primary School students, painting and refurbishing the local school and dormitories, and teaching classes to the primary students. These were a busy two weeks full of hard work and long hours but I'm thrilled to say that we reached our goal of completing all of our planned projects.

Life on site was difficult but rewarding. I awoke at 5:30 every morning to start the fire for the day. Some mornings, making the fire proved challenging due to the average temperature of -2C, but I would always find a way to get it done so that our team, which consisted of 16 students and 3 adult supervisors, could have a warm breakfast. After we ate, work started at 8:00 sharp, and as a team we would work until lunchtime at 12:00. During the 2 weeks, most of the work on site was physically demanding. It ranged from painting on high ladders, to mixing concrete for the playground, to scraping old paint off the walls of the school. There was always something to do. I found the team dynamic amazing because most everyone did their best to pitch in and help out to the best of their ability, and this really showed in the quality of our work. After an hour to eat and rest for lunch, we would be back at work until 5:00 pm. In the evenings we would cook a delicious dinner and reflect on the previous day.

Over the 2 weeks I taught 10 classes in science, math, English and French to grades 4-7 in the local primary school. I can now say that I will never talk back to a teacher in school again because I realized how truly hard it is to teach. But in the same regard, I learned how rewarding it is to have a group of students leave class with some new knowledge. The students of Omuhaturua Primary School are some of the brightest and most enthusiastic kids that I have ever met and I am optimistic for their futures.

Overall I am delighted with this project and I am grateful that I was able to be a part of it. I think that we truly brought sustainable development to the people of Otjimanagombe, and I hope that our footprint on the local community will be visible for years to come.
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€510 of €500 goal

Raised by 11 people in 12 months
Created January 15, 2018
Jack Wessels
on behalf of John Wessels
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