Non-Profit Organization Mammadù

We carry out activities and projects in Namibia in favour of children in need and distress, from destitute families or hosted in orphanages.

 

Objectives

We aim at improving childrenís present living conditions and their future lives by:

  1. meeting their basic needs such as nutrition, health and hygiene;
  2. ensuring that each of them attains an adequate education level;
  3. promoting fundraising initiatives and projects with the contribution of donors and sponsors;
  4. organising voluntary work for those willing to devote their abilities and time to the children.

We plan to increasingly co-operate with other humanitarian organisations in order to exchange information, experiences and projects.

In 2012 the AIEA - Italian Association of African Experts awarded us with the Africa For People Prize as the most meritorious organisation supporting African communities.

 

Mammadù Trust

It is a Welfare Organisation coping with childrenís fundamental and daily needs: it provides clean water, nutritious meals, personal hygiene, pre-schoolers education, study assistance and spaces for play and sport.

Mammadù Trust operates in his own Childrenís Shelter.

Founded in 2008 and registered with the Namibian Ministry of Health and Social Services, it is headquartered in the capital Windhoek. It maintains continuous relations with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare with the exchange of visits, submission of reports and requests of technical co-operation.

 

Why Namibia?

  • Namibia counts 200 thousand minors in conditions of extreme poverty and over 150 thousand orphans (source -> Namibia Demographic Health Survey 2006). The infant mortality rate under 5 years is slightly less than 50% and the average life expectancy is 47 years of age (source -> UNICEF Namibia | 2009 Statistics).
  • HIV/Aids is a major public health issue: Namibia has one of the highest infection rates in the world, which is also a prevailing cause of death. The World Health Organization estimates that by 2021, one child out of three, under the age of 15, will be orphaned as a result of the infection.
  • More than one-third of the 2 million inhabitants, live below the poverty line: Namibia offers to the many tourists an image that does not reflect the 2 US$ per day of average income of 56% of the population and the 1 US$ per day of the poorest 35% (source -> UNDP | Human Development Report 2005).

All this in a country where, already for many years, the social and health care system fails to cope with the need of housing facilities for minors and orphanages.

 

Letter from
Emanuela Cren
PhD in Pediatrics