A teacher and a class on a community service trip
01. February 2024
Where else in the German school system do you think something like this is possible? You may hear something like this in stories from the past or in films.
Instead of a classic graduation trip, a teacher and his 12th class from FWS am Prenzlauer Berg travel to Namibia for four weeks to help build a regenerative fruit and vegetable garden - to make a difference for others in a development project.
Very few people make such an experience in their lives. Here Erasmus Spitta enables an entire school class to have a life-changing experience. Or better said: the young people make this possible for themselves. Because the initiative for this idea came from the class. They wanted to get involved, do something special and help people help themselves after Erasmus talked about his experiences there. The Berliner lived and worked in Namibia for a long time.
The teacher and his class have been planning the four-week trip - which begins on February 3rd - for more than a year. This includes organizing vehicles, food, accommodation and insurance for 24 people - in a country where everything works differently than in Germany. While the teacher took care of the planning, the young people took part in mini-jobs to finance their part of the trip.
The young people learned to create a project plan and advertise the project on the Internet and with their circle of friends and acquaintances. They thus generated a donation volume of over 9,000 euros. The ancient art of cultivating regenerative fruit and vegetable gardens adapted to these climatic extremes should be promoted and revived. Together with Epafras and Memory Haihambo - the hosts and project managers on site - the 20 young people from Berlin will carry out construction work and experience the country during their stay.
This admirable initiative is particularly noteworthy in times when young people are all too often denied the desire to work. The experiences that young people take with them into their lives after such a trip will change their view of the world and themselves. And what could be better than sharing such experiences with friends.
Very few people would expect that something like this would be possible in the German school system. The project and the students' commitment could be an inspiration for many.
Eexumba Garden project
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4. November 2023
Annual General Meeting
27. May 2023
Summer party and 10th anniversary
in Franconian Switzerland
It's possible without us
28. Dezember 2023
🚶🏃🕺The first step is the hardest, but also the most important!
🚶After we completed the school building in Oluundje (Namibia), further government funding was made available for additional water tanks and solar driven water pumps.
🕺An ongoing development has been set In motion and the community will not stop.
A deep hole became a well
10. October 2023
The well excavations have finally been successfully completed! After what felt like an eternity of digging, then bricking and then very laboriously digging further into the rock, the workers came across sustainably moist rock at a depth of around 18m in mid-August... But what was supposed to be a well initially remained forever deepening, perfectly lined square hole in the earth in Eexumba..
Finally, on September 6th, after more than 3 months of extremely hard work, the redeeming news came: “We found water!! The over 22m deep hole became a well!
Inauguration of the school building on September 30, 2023
08. October 2023
Last Saturday, on September 30th, we had the honor of visiting the inauguration ceremony of the new primary school building in Oluundje, formerly known as the "village between schools".
A new era begins for the entire community with around 2000 people and especially the children who have now access to a school.
More than just a place to fill children with information, this school, like any other, is a platform to foster the children's curiosity which is the seed for personal and communal development.
This is an achievement of the community. Greatest respect for how they organized themselves.
All the members of Soulfood Namibia and the donors to this project can be very proud!
5. August 2023
The grand opening ceremony of the school building will take place in Oluundje on September 30th. Representatives of the Ministry of Education, local politicians and a delegation from Soulfood Namibia are invited.
16. April 2023
The travel report by Erasmus Spitta about the visit to the Exhumba Garden project in Namibia on betterplace.org shows the progress and potential of the project
14. April 2023
Thanks to all donors - the fence construction in Okatope could be completed and the gates installed!
Final works around the school building
15. Februar 2023
Tree planting and masonry work for the outside toilet.
The school building gets a nice coat of paint.
Screed and floor tiles are laid. The roof is completed. A waste water pit for the outside toilet will also be built.
2. December 2022
27. November 2022
The roof is constructed
23. November 2022
11. November 2022
9. November 2022
28. October 2022
The construction of the school building has started and is progressing rapidly. Together with our partner association "Mwakotoka Community Development Project" and the community of Oluundje, we are happy to see this rapid progress. We would like to give a special thank you to the many volunteers in the community.
2. September 2022
Volunteers from the community prepare the construction of the foundation. The construction of the school building will start soon.
13. December 2021
The community is already making all necessary and possible preparations for the start of construction work on the new school building. During the last visit, Reverend Josef Shitaleni was able to inspect the completed fence around the site.
Oluundje is building a school
11. October 2021
The project plan for a school building in Oluundje is in place. The bidding was carried out publicly and a local construction company from Ondangwa was awarded the contract. We will finance the construction with our free funds and our donation campaign.
We are celebrating nine years Soulfood - for the tenth anniversary there will be a school in Oluundje