In 2009, The Clabile Trust took on the exciting project of building a school for Bushman children in Namibia
Unfortunately Bushman are treated as third class citizens in Namibia, a cruel reality for one of the oldest living tribes who have such a rich culture and sad history. Pushed off their traditional hunting lands by bigger and more powerful tribes and then by European settlers who saw them as pests, they were eventually pushed into the most uninhabitable swamps and desert areas of Southern Africa, where they have adapted and learnt to survive. The treatment of the Bushman has a huge impact on the children who are not able to grow up and develop to their full potential. Future generations are unable to improve their lives, gain employment and often fail to integrate into society.
A wildlife sanctuary called N/a’ an ku sê is committed to improving the lives of the Bushman through employment. It now has over 20 Bushman and their families living on the farm and working in a variety of roles including farming, hospitality, research and housekeeping.
The Clabile trust has joined forces with N/a an ku se to improve the education of the Bushman children by building and equipping a school and playground area for the children.
The school opened in November 2009 , and the children are still so excited about their new building that they arrive an hour early for school every day.