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DAPP Namibia works in rural areas implementing activities that help to strengthen families’ economy, health, education and encourage the involvement of children in youth clubs through the Child Aid Project. The project mobilizes and organizes families in groups called Village Action Groups. Members are encouraged to work together to learn new skills and to take action to improve their livelihoods.
The project works with 10 lines of developmental activities that strengthen the economy of the family, improve health and education. It organizes children and youth into clubs where they do sports activities, learns life skills, plant trees and other environmental activities. Referral to government services such as the Ministry of Home Affairs for national documents and the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare for grants is also important for many.

The Village Action Groups take part in practical tasks assigned to each family using locally available materials/resources. They are engaged in building simple latrines, a tippy tap for washing hands, a dish rack for keeping utensils clean and dry, a garbage system and a rubbish pit to improve homestead sanitation and health.

The groups are further encouraged to establish vegetable gardens or herb gardens at their homestead near a water source and to reduce the number of mosquitoes by cutting grass, eliminating pools of still water, and planting Artemisia. 
Besides that, together in groups families find ways to grow a variety of crops to mitigate the consequences of climate change and are assisted to make a vegetable plot to secure food for the family in case of draught.
For many, making use of local materials do not only makes it easier for the families to complete their activities but also helps them to tap into their local knowledge. 

During the actions the families made;

  • 321 families were mobilised to make dish racks
  • 184 dug refuse pits
  • 69 families built pit latrines
  • 333 families were mobilised to build tip-tap handwashing systems
  • 34 cleaning campaigns were organised where community members took part in the general cleaning of their surroundings

In 2019 the Child Aid projects worked with 1,055 families in Omusati and in Ohangwena regions

Progress Report 2023

DAPP Namibia 2023 Progress Report Web