Namibia, with its population of just over two million people, is located in southern Africa and borders the Atlantic Ocean on its west, Angola and Zambia to its north, Botswana to its east and South Africa to its south and east. Namibia came under South African jurisdiction during World War I as a League of Nations mandate territory then as an annexed territory after World War II. South Africa extended its apartheid policy there in 1948. This and other authoritarian South African laws led to general unrest and the nationalist South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) started a guerrilla war against South Africa that lasted from 1966 to 1990.
On 21st March of that year Namibia became an independent nation as the Republic of Namibia adopting "Namibia, Land of the Brave" as its national anthem. Today Namibia is considered a stable democracy, however, like so many African nations faces many problems, not least the steady proliferation of HIV/AIDS which is estimated to affect 25% of the entire population leaving 60,000 children orphaned ~ accounting for 50% of all orphans in the country. It is hard to imagine bring brought up in a country where 17.5% of the entire child population is an orphan. Namibia is the second least densely populated country in the world and encompasses both the Kalahari and the Namib Desert. Namibia is in 128th place out of 186 countries and territories in 2013 when ranked in terms of life expectancy, literacy, access to knowledge and the living standards of a country. Life expectancy is just 52.5yrs and 50% of the population live under the poverty line.
Child sponsor programs in Namibia concentrate on providing care for orphaned and abandoned children, helping with school fees, uniforms and equipment to promote educational participation and developing AIDS awareness together with improved access to healthcare. Assistance is also provided to the remaining 6000 refugees from Angola who live there. You can help when your sponsor a child in Namibia.
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