Making the news in 2006 as the place where Angelina Joli and Brad Pitt decided to have their child born, the true Namibia is a far cry from Hollywood.

Namibia is located in southwest Africa. The country of Angola is to its north; Botswana to its east; and, South Africa to its south. Geographically, it is slightly more than half the size of Alaska. Its population is slightly over 2,000,000. It is estimated that almost half of this population is under the age of 14; with a median age of 20.

Namibia is located in southwest Africa. The country of Angola is to its north; Botswana to its east; and, South Africa to its south. Geographically, it is slightly more than half the size of Alaska. Its population is slightly over 2,000,000. It is estimated that almost half of this population is under the age of 14; with a median age of 20.

But if one looks and listens closely, they will see and hear the far cries of its estimated 85,000 orphans. Orphaned as a result of the AIDS/HIV pandemic; a pandemic that has wiped out an entire generation between the ages of 15 and 40.

Here in the United States, the life expectancy for someone born in 1900 was 47.3 years. By 2004, the life expectancy had risen to 77.8 years. Today, in Namibia, the average life expectancy at birth of a Namibian is 43.4 years. The World Fact Book makes note that “…estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected.”

His Promise Ministries Namibia intends to care for the fatherless and orphaned children in Namibia through a family foster care model, which would place no more than ten children in a home. We plan to aid the existing social services structure and practices in Namibia by recruiting, assessing, and training qualified family foster care parent(s) in compliance with sound social work and child welfare practices. Our project will address the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of the children, at developmentally appropriate levels, through trained personnel and community referrals.