San Community Support
Through each of our projects, N/a’an ku sê provides an important source of employment, accommodation, education and healthcare to several San Bushmen families.
N/a’an ku sê is committed to improving the lives of the San community that we work with through education, healthcare and better living conditions. Our aim is to give the next generation of this poverty stricken community the help they need to survive and build a brighter, healthier future. Our focus is on our San employees and the community in Epukiro to whom we help by creating job opportunities, apprenticeship and financial independence at our Charity Lodge, which is achieved through training in the service and hospitality field.
The San Bushmen are considered to be the oldest culture in the world and are traditionally hunter-gatherers. They have been forced from their original lands, which are increasingly being used for grazing cattle, leaving the San unable to survive in their traditional lifestyle. Since the 1980’s, the number of San living by “traditional” means is statistically negligible as most are dependent on paid labour and the cash economy to survive.
The San’s per capita income is the lowest of all language groups in Namibia. A lack of education amongst adults means skilled employment is nearly impossible to obtain and historical prejudices mean many are turned away from unskilled jobs. Many parents cannot afford to send their children to school and furthermore, some schools refuse to enrol San children thereby continuing the lack of opportunities to gain skills in the next generation. The health status of San is undoubtedly linked to their low socio-economic status as the San life expectancy is 22% lower than the national average, at just 48 years.
Discrimination, social stigmatisation and dependency prejudice make it extremely difficult for this community to elevate themselves out of poverty and can create a cycle of marginalisation across generations.
What does N/a’an ku sê do to support the San Community?
Bringing healthcare to marginalised communties
Lifeline ClinicSeeing over 3,500 patient per annum, TB research and outreach to many local villages.
Without education so few can progress and only 1 in 5 San attend primary school
The Future of the San Communtiy… is through education.
Many San have missed their chance by the time they are 18 ... is there no hope?
Not a lost causePractical skills that can generate an income are our focus.