History

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The Omaruru Children’s Haven’s history begins in 2001 with the work of the German roman-catholic priest Johannes Neudegger. After having worked as a missionary in Namibia for some years and having initiated several social projects, he founded a home for street kids and orphans in Omaruru. Initially this home was led by him and one housemother.

After a period of rapid growth 17 children and two housemothers occupied the Omaruru Children’s Haven in 2004. It was during this time that Mr. Hartwig von Seydlitz and the Rotary Clubs Segeberg and Rotenburg-Melsungen became involved with our institution and have ever since financially and spiritually supported the Omaruru Children’s Haven.

In 2005 the Omaruru Children’s Haven became an independent public body, a registered Welfare Organisation (WO), in order to comply with Namibian laws and regulations for the care of orphans and vulnerable children and to ensure that the existence of the home would not depend solely on the continued involvement of dedicated individuals.

Between 2006 and 2008 the Omaruru Children’s Haven continued to grow and change. An adjacent property was bought to create more space for the ever-increasing number of children. Between 2009 and 2012 the number of children living in the Omaruru Children’s Haven grew from 20 to 35 and the number of housemothers from two to five. But aside from the growth the home became more professional, too. A green house, a computer lab and a workshop were built to enrich the educational opportunities for the children. In July 2012 the first house managed according to the family-based model of the SOS children’s villages was inaugurated.