SOS Children’s Villages supports individual children, young people and families so that they can thrive (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Namibia).

The small town of Tsumeb is situated in northern Namibia, in the Oshikoto region, and has about 15,000 inhabitants. Tsumeb used to be mainly a mining town, but with the decline of the industry many people lost their jobs. Nevertheless, many people still move to the town in the hope of a better life. The lack of housing and employment is still the biggest problem in Tsumeb. Parents often struggle to provide for their children or send them to school.

Since 1997, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Tsumeb.

5 in 10
People in Namibia do not have access to sanitation

Living conditions are tough

In and around Tsumeb there are many internal migrants who come here to find better opportunities in life. However, living conditions for the majority of the population are very harsh. Many people still do not have access to running water or sanitation facilities such as toilets. In fact, only 5 out of 10 people have access to adequate sanitation across the country. Although the local government is trying to improve the situation in these poor townships in Tsumeb, many people who settle there still live in poor conditions due to rapid population growth.

Of children do not grow healthily in Namibia

Farming is a struggle in the area

In the Oshikoto region, years of copper mining have led to toxic emissions. A few years ago, the population was advised not to grow fruit or vegetables in certain areas, for fear of contamination. In addition, the region is frequently hit by severe floods. They damage buildings and roads and have a devastating impact on food production as crops are destroyed. Vulnerable children in the region are most affected by these conditions, which can lead to malnutrition. About 23% of children in the country are too small for their age, because they do not get to eat enough nutritious food.

Your support makes a difference for children in Tsumeb

SOS Children’s Villages works with local partners and communities to offer a wide range of support that is adapted to the local context. We always work in the best interest of the children, young people and families.
Can stay together
Children and young people
Grow up in our care
When children cannot live with their families, they find a new home in SOS Children’s Villages. We care and support children and young people so they can be live independently in the future (photo: SOS Children’s Villages Namibia).

How your support helps in Tsumeb

Strengthening vulnerable families and communities
When parents face hardships, they can sometimes struggle to give children the care they need. SOS Children’s Villages works with local partners and communities. Each family needs different support so that they can stay together. This support can include workshops on parenting and children’s rights. We also run trainings so that parents can get the skills they need to get a job or start businesses. Likewise, we ensure that children can get medical help and go to school.
Caring for children who cannot live with their families
Some children cannot stay with their families, even with additional support. When this happens, they can find a new home in SOS Children’s Villages. Here the children can build safe and lasting relationships. All the children in our care have access to education and healthcare. Wherever possible, we work closely with the children’s family of origin. If children can return to live with their families, we help them adapt to this change.