In 2003, eye surgeon Dr. Jannes Brandt introduced Marlice and Rudie van Vuuren to Jan Verburg. Marlice and Rudie wanted to open a clinic for the impoverished San community in a small town named Epukiro, in Eastern Namibia (see full story). Jan and his wife Tineke were looking for a project to support in Namibia. Jan Verburg donated 20,000 Euro to create the Lifeline Clinic, which was officially opened by the Namibian Minister of Health, Honorable Dr. Richard Kamwi.
In 2005, Rudie van Vuuren and long time friend Chris Heunis bought the Farm Frauenstein on the outskirts of Windhoek and, with the help of Jan Verburg’s further donation, they launched a work campaign to transform the farm into a wildlife sanctuary and to build a lodge on the property. The main aim of this lodge was to create jobs for the very people whom the Lifeline Clinic serves. The property was named N/a’an ku sê which means “God will protect us” in the San Bushman language.
In 2007, the N/a’an ku sê Charity Lodge & Wildlife Sanctuary was inaugurated.
Early 2011, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie chose N/a’an ku sê to become a partner of the Shiloh Jolie-Pitt Foundation, in honour of their Namibian-born daughter. Marlice and Angelina met in 1998 and ever since Angelina and then the Jolie Pitt Foundation has been supporting the work of N/a’an ku sê.