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£3,620raised of £3,750 target by 103 supporters

    Weʼve raised £3,620 to feed Village School Children in Namibia, Africa.

    Location
    Stone, England, United Kingdom
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    Funded on Thursday, 8th December 2016

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    Deep in the African bush, hundreds of kilometres from the tarred road and way off the electricity grid, a small miracle of education is taking place. The Village Schools in the Nyae Nyae conservancy, Namibia, delivers learning to some of the world's most marginalised children. They belong to a group of hunter-gatherers, the Ju|'hoansi, and walk the Kalahari desert, home to lion and elephant, to reach school. They live in rudimentary hostels and are dependent upon government hand outs of maize meal and food gathered from the surrounding bush. Too often, for various reasons, government supplies don't arrive. With the drought entering its third year, bush food supplies are denuded. The children are hungry, sometimes too hungry to concentrate in their tented classroom. I know, because I've just been there, working in the Village Schools.

    With an exchange rate currently at 17 Namibian dollars to £1 your donation will go a long way to feeding an entire school of 20 -40 children in every one of the six Village schools. The money collected will be held in the account of a reputable non-profit in Namibia called TUCSIN (The University Centre for Studies in Namibia.) The Centre's director of San* Culture and Education, Bruce Parcher, has undertaken to personally buy the food supplies your donation will permit and to distribute it among the schools. He is confident that £5000 will provide essentials such as maize meal, cooking oil, soap, perhaps even treats like protein or fruit, for all the children for a year. Thereafter, he believes a permanent funding scheme will be in place.

    Ju|'hoan elders urge their children to become 'paper people'; Village schools is their preferred route to literacy. These ecologists have much to teach the world so let's keep their culture and their children alive. Pop a pound into the Village School pot. Please!

    Thank you, or as the Ju|'hoansi say: Mi wi a!

    *San = group of click-language speakers. The Ju|'hoan belong to this.

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    • Candi Miller

      Candi Miller

      2 days ago

      Candi Miller

      Hooorahhhhh! WE DID IT! We raised £3 620 to feed these children. Not quite the original target, but I have some fun plans for gathering in the rest. I am enormously grateful to all the Nyae Nyae Village School Feeding scheme supporters. Your kindness will keep these children in school for the coming year. I'll be posting pictures of that food-laden truck and of its arrival at schools, but meanwhile, the children and I say MI Wi I - we thank you, and our hearts feel close to your. Best wishes for the festive season!

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    • Candi Miller

      Candi Miller

      12 days ago

      Candi Miller

      Dear Feeding scheme supporters. With just 10 days of the appeal to go, you've done us proud: £1 795 raised from just 54 people. Many, many thanks, especially to the anonymous donors I''ll never have the pleasure of thanking in person. I doubt I'll reach the ambitious JustGiving target I set, so time to reduce it, for this phase of the fundraising campaign anyway. I plan other activities, so the £5000 to feed pupils in 6 schools for a year, is still in my sights. Attaching a video so you can hear the kids singing a welcome.

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    • Candi Miller

      Candi Miller

      25 days ago

      Candi Miller

      We're beginning to fill lunch bowls!

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    • Candi Miller

      Candi Miller

      a month ago

      Candi Miller

      Whooopeeeee! Village Schools Feeding crowd fund reaches its first 1K. Just over, actually , thanks to a student who sacrificed her coffee fix to donate. So touched. Thank you to all the supporters, just 21 so far.

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    103

    • Rob Ambridge

      Rob Ambridge

      Dec 8, 2016

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Dec 8, 2016

      £10.00

    • Missy Davis Photography

      Missy Davis Photography

      Dec 7, 2016

      £100.00

    About the fundraiser
    Candi Miller

    Candi Miller

    Stone, England, United Kingdom

    Candi Miller has studied the culture of the San, indigenous people in southern Africa, for decades. The Ju|'hoan belong to this linguistic group. Candi has written two novels about them. Browse her website: http://www.candimiller.co.uk for news of her work with the San.

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