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FNB-Namibia
Account number: 555 011 525 61
Branch: Maerua
Branch code: 282273
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  • World desertification and drought day

    Posted on Jun 27, 2018

    <p>The <strong>World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought</strong><span> </span>is observed every year to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. The day is a unique moment to remind everyone that <a href="http://www2.unccd.int/land-degradation-neutrality">land degradation neutrality</a><span> </span>is achievable through problem-solving, strong community involvement and co-operation at all levels.</p> <h3>2018 Theme “Land has true value – invest in it.”</h3> <p> <br>Semi-arid regions of the world are often thought of as being particularly vulnerable to climate change. They are already climatically stressed with high temperatures, low rainfall and long dry seasons. Semi-arid ...</br></p>

  • Book Sale! Namib: Secrets of a desert uncovered

    Posted on Jun 27, 2018

    <p>The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed every year to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. The day is a unique moment to remind everyone that land degradation neutrality is achievable through problem-solving, strong community involvement and co-operation at all levels.</p> <p>2018 Theme “Land has true value – invest in it.”</p> <p>In keeping with this years theme we invite you to purchase a copy of book titled; <strong><em>Namib: Secrets of a desert uncovered.</em></strong> This book was authored by the founder of the DRFN; Mary Seely as well as one of the DRFN's associ...</p>

  • Intergenerational Book Program

    Posted on May 22, 2018

    <p>For residents of remote villages, the value of classroom education is often obscured. Without cultural prompts for future employment and prosperity - residents have limited vision for the value of education.  Commitment to education is learned, stimulated through social and cultural experiences.  Living in areas among people who do not rely on classroom education deepens the divide between marginalized people and future opportunities for sustainable self-sufficiency.</p> <p>Thanks to the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. based Darien project two boxes of children’s books are now included in DRFN training mat...</p>

  • Talking About Money in Donkerbos

    Posted on May 22, 2018

    <p>Financial Literacy for residents of the remote resettlement farm, Donkerbos, requires DFRN to deliver creative training.  Concentrating on managing money in everyday life, our Peace Corps Volunteer, Susan, delivered a two-day workshop to thirty-five enthusiastic participants.</p> <p>Everyday life in Donkerbos does not include traditional employment, unplanned trips to grocery stores, or reliable access to motorized transportation.  In Donkerbos incomes are low, access to transportation is sporadic and it’s a fifty Kilometre trek to the nearest shopping.  For marginalized people living in the Kalahari...</p>

  • Skoonheid Welcomes OYETU: Leather Crafts

    Posted on May 03, 2018

    <p>The Oyetu Project stirred much enthusiasm in Skoonheid as community members gathered to collect applications in preparation for selection of participants. The Oyetu Project offers a unique opportunity for participants: a comprehensive two-year training program designed to teach a valuable marketable craft and the necessary skills to launch a successful business.</p> <p>Chief Langman rallied Skoonheid residents using text messaging to announce the introductory meeting. The next morning fifty people were organized and ready for the Oyetu presenters, Samuel Sheyanena and Laura Pond. Hopeful Skoonheid re...</p>

  • Teamwork in Action: Drimiopsis

    Posted on May 02, 2018

    <p>On April 25<sup>th</sup> the DRFN gathered stakeholders from multiple sectors for a collaborative meeting to outline goals and objectives in support of community management and development in Drimiopsis.  Belinda Thanises, project manager for LIPUS 4, organized the meeting to clarify duties and responsibilities - paving the way toward capacity building through strategic governance. </p> <p>As Drimiopsis moves closer to transition from resettlement farm to village it is important to emphasize collaboration.  The transition from dependency to self-sufficiency requires all stakeholders to embrace significant chang...</p>

  • ASSAR newspaper series on Botswana

    Posted on Apr 26, 2018

    <p>This series is part of the outputs from a collaborative research project: Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR). This 5-year (2014-2018) project focuses on climate change adaptation in the Omusati Region in Namibia as well as other countries in Africa and South Asia (see <a href="http://www.assar.uct.ac.za/"></a><a href="http://www.assar.uct.ac.za">http://www.assar.uct.ac.za</a>). </p> <p>These stories have been produced by South African science writer and author Leonie Joubert, and the objective of this series is to inform policymakers with evidence-based ideas that address key development concerns across the region, in the context of climate change. This feature st...</p>

  • Experiential learning: fun way of learning about climate change

    Posted on Apr 25, 2018

    <p>The ASSAR project; being a research project on climate change had to be innovative on how to feedback these complex and scientific findings to the community in a manner that was easy to understand and fun and this is how experiential learning came about.</p> <p>Experiential learning is defined as a process whereby which students develop knowledge, skills and values from direct experiences outside the traditional learning environment. The experiential learning games were developed by the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre.</p> <p>The fun began with the telephone game which was aimed at informing the parti...</p>

  • ASSAR series on "diamonds of Bobirwa'

    Posted on Apr 19, 2018

    <p>The African Climate &amp; Development Initiative (<a href="http://acdi.uct.ac.za/">ACDI</a>), based at the University of Cape Town (UCT), working together with the University of Namibia (UNAM) and University of Botswana (UB), is producing a series of journalistic articles which address key research findings relating to how semi-arid regions in southern Africa should respond to the threat of a changing climate. </p> <p>This series is part of the outputs from a collaborative research project: Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR). This 5-year (2014-2018) project focuses on climate change adaptation in the Omusati Region in Namibia ...</p>

  • Drimiopsis – Skoonheid Collaboration: Business Development

    Posted on Mar 29, 2018

    <p>This week a successful exchange between experienced brickmakers in Skoonheid and brickmaking entrepreneurs in Drimiopsis provided an excellent opportunity for collaboration.  The seasoned Skoonheid brickmakers generously shared their successes and challenges.  In the process Skoonheid brickmakers had opportunity to examine their business structure and viability. Drimiopsis entrepreneurs learned much about the details required to own and operate a successful brick making business.</p> <p>Capacity building in resettlement communities is strengthened through collaborations and efficient use of resources...</p>

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