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African government officials, students and teachers celebrate the new facilities with a groundbreaking ceremony

SALT LAKE CITY, June 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — steps for Africaa non-profit organization based in Utah which helps underprivileged children Africa completed a construction project that improves the living conditions of students at Oshamukweni School. Thanks to a generous six-figure donation of Tiara and Alan Salzman of Montecito, California.Not for Africa was able to build new dormitories, a kitchen and a dining hall for 300 students and more than 100 children living on the school grounds. The new facilities were unveiled and celebrated last month with a groundbreaking ceremony attended by local government leaders, students, teachers and community members.

step by step for Africa reveals the infrastructure of a poor school in Namibia.

“Thanks to their generosity, Footsteps for Africa has improved the lives of people in this village,” said Isak Hamatwi, Director of Education at Ohangwena Regional Council. “School life and the learning environment at Oshamukweni Mixed School will no longer be a life of struggle, but a life worthy of a life in an independent country.”

Namibia is the third richest country in Africa, but it has the third highest level of income inequality of any country in the world. This is why Footsteps for Africa focused most of its efforts serving children in the poorest areas of the north Namibiaby building school structures and supporting drinking water and sustainable food programs.

steps for Africa founder, austin cameron, was inspired to run this project after a visit to the school in 2019 where he saw children living in huts made of sticks and cooking their food on makeshift fire pits. The students, who come from villages more than six hours away, live on the school grounds. Inspired by the 100% graduation rate of students despite their living conditions, Tiara and Alan Salzmanwho also built the Salzman Library in a nearby community, donated to fund the project.

“After learning about the critical needs of these underprivileged children in Namibiaand as a mother myself, nothing was more important to us than supporting Footsteps for Africa to help these kids succeed,” said Cameron Salzman Tiara.

Brand new facilities unveiled under the project include Salzman Kitchen, a 2,000 square foot building equipped with food preparation facilities, showers, restrooms and cold storage; Salzman Room, a 5,000 square foot dining and gathering hall that will serve not only the school, but the entire community of several thousand people; and two dormitories each housing 25 students.

The steps for Africa The team held a groundbreaking ceremony to reveal the finished project to students, teachers, government officials and community members from 11 surrounding villages. The new facilities will serve as a gathering place for the entire community and will foster greater participation and awareness at Oshamukweni School.

Namibia has many schools. Among all these schools, Footsteps for Africa chosen to help our school, and we thank you. I’m very happy for the (Salzman kitchen) because we don’t have to cook on fires outside anymore,” 9 said.e student Namola Abraham.

steps for Africa will continue to fund and undertake improvement projects through Namibia. All donations can be made on the website and will go directly to resources such as:

  • school uniforms: a $100 Don provides a child with a uniform and school supplies for the year.
  • sanitary products: Steps for Africa aims to provide reusable sanitary napkin kits to 1,000 teenage girls, as well as education to tackle school truancy and ‘period shame’. One $10 donation covers one sanitary kit per girl.
  • water supply: Steps for Africa will install 15 water wells, solar pumps and agricultural water tanks near the school in Oshamukweni, eventually bringing reliable access to safe drinking water to 20,000 people. Fundraising goal: $250,000
  • dormitories: Furnished dormitories for underprivileged students at Oshamukweni Mixed School as well as other schools in the area, including Ondobe Secondary School in Oshikango, Namibia. Fundraising goal: $50,000 per dorm or $2,000 per student.

About Footsteps for Africa

steps for Africa provided assistance to over 5,000 orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in over 50 schools and orphanages Namibia and Zimbabwe since 2010. Services provided include importation and distribution of goods, construction of facilities, and implementation of medical and food programs. Through partnerships with other aid organizations, government relations and a commitment to be physically on site for each initiative, Footsteps Africa operates efficiently and ensures that aid reaches those who need it most. Learn more about Or on instagram and Facebook.

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