Projects in Namibia
Community Economic Development
Economic Empowerment Program (EEP) Volunteers collaborate with their local counterparts to help Namibians work towards economic security and inclusive development. The primary goal of their work is to develop the capacity of Namibia’s aspiring entrepreneurs, promote the implementation of income- generating activities, and assist with small business development. More specifically, EEP Volunteers and Counterparts plan, coordinate, facilitate, and present workshops on entrepreneurship, basic business skills, financial literacy, numeracy skills, digital literacy, basic office administration, and employability skills; provide one-on-one guidance and coaching to entrepreneurs; and plan, organize and organize events such as: pitch competitions, market days, expositions, and business networking events for prospective and existing entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also work with youth in Vocational Training Institutions, women’s groups, and operators in the informal sector (i.e., small business owners, and street vendors) to help them learn new business skills and practices. Finally, EEP Volunteers work with Counterparts in local and regional authorities to provide and facilitate opportunities for entrepreneurs and increase accessibility to services.
Peace Corps Volunteers choose to either support teaching English or STEM in schools around the country. The Peace Corps in Namibia has made substantial contributions to the reform of the educational system in teacher training, classroom teaching, and subject matter support to teachers, especially in English, mathematics, and science. In addition, Volunteers provide direct support to parents and other community members to increase both school and community materials and human and financial resources. Activities that have become part of Volunteers’ work include recreational sports, library development, girls or boys clubs, HIV/AIDS awareness activities, environmental conservation projects, adult literacy, and community development.
President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
Since 2002, the Peace Corps in Namibia has supported the government of Namibia’s efforts to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS through more effective educational programming and youth outreach and community-based activities. Health Volunteers are currently implementing several HIV/AIDS activities—some in schools, in communities or with nonprofit organizations. Volunteers are primarily working in alignment with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) goals by promoting messaging and behavior change around life skills, stigma reduction, abstinence, proper condom use or use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) – medicine to prevent HIV. Volunteers provide support to orphans and vulnerable children, organize, and coordinate health camps and refer people to health and other social services. Several Volunteers coordinate or implement Grass Root Soccer events - which is an adolescent a program that leverages the power of soccer to equip young people with the life-saving information, services, and mentorship they need to live healthier lives.