The concept in the creation of Hope Village in Windhoek is to provide onsite community based care, accommodation, nutrition and support for abandoned, vulnerable and orphaned children of parents sick with HIV/AIDS or children themselves effected by the disease.
This initiative has been inspired by similar villages internationally, and in particular by the work done by the late Mother Theresa in Calcutta: Pastor Marietjie de Klerk, founder and trustee of the Hope Village initiative, worked for three months during 1995 with the late Mother Theresa, and she endeavoured to create a similar village to the leper community in Calcutta in Windhoek, but with the main focus being abandoned children and HIV/AIDS victims.
Pastor De Klerk has identified Windhoek as the site for the first Hope Village, as the Khomas region has the second highest incidence of HIV/AIDS infection in the country after northern Namibia, where many initiatives are currently in place. She has mustered community support for her project:
- A charitable trust was established and registered with the Master of the High Court (registation number T347/05) as well as been registered as a Welfare Organization (WO270) at the MInistry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare.
- A Board of Trustees has been established with Pastor de Klerk as one of the trustees.
- Various Namibian companies, professionals and business persons have committed their support in time, services and financial support.
Hope Village has been operational since 2007 when the first house was build. On site there are 4 houses: for babies, toddlers, girls and boys, an office where pre-school, music and computer training are given and a veggie garden that takes care of all the vegetable needs of the children.