On Tuesday, 26 November 2019, German Ambassador Herbert Beck visited the “Light for the Children Foundation” in Gobabis and officially inaugurated the Foundation's new classrooms. The organization received financial support of $ 278,804.00 (€ 17,252.00) from the Embassy’s micro project fund, with which they built three new classrooms and refurbished and expanded the existing office.
The initiative to found the center came in 2002 from members of the informal settlement of Canaan. Pastor Henk Olwage supported the people from Kaanan at that time and he is still a central figure in this project.
When the centre was founded, it was only possible to build with used building materials, since the people in this informal settlement have no means for such projects. Meanwhile, the former structures were no longer safe and had to be replaced. Through the funding from the micro-projects fund of the German Embassy “Light for the Children Foundation” was able to create more learing spaces. The new classrooms are designed to create a conducive atmosphere in which the children and community members feel comfortable and in good hands.
Pastor Olwage and his 22 staff members are committed to the well-being of an average of 300 children. In addition to the early childhood education, a daily feeding program is also offered, of which also some of the poorest members of the community are also making use.