Ongaipi from Windhoek, Namibia! We knew we had made it when our plane landed amongst the dry desert and big blue skies. Our time in South Africa was well spent, but we are excited to finally settle into our home and routine here in Namibia.
|These are the informal settlements surrounding Windhoek|
After a bit of an overwhelming morning, we were sent out in groups of four on walking tours around the city. One favorite place we came across was Christ Church, a famous Lutheran church in Windhoek. It was definitely a change to be surrounded by white people singing in German but felt very similar to Lutheran churches in the U.S. The racial contrasts, both in the church and around the city were very surprising and clearly show the lasting impacts of an era of forced racial segregation. The city is very similar to home: malls, restaurants, and theaters.
We also received a tour from people that are a part of a youth driven club in Katutura called the Young Achievers. This group provides support and community to youth when it comes to furthering their education and dreams. They took us to Hope Village, a privately funded orphanage that is made up of 92 children and
|The headquarters where the Young Achievers group meets weekly|