Old Greenwich, CT/Namibia
|Current RRF Grant: $12,000
RRF Grant Recipient in 2005, 2009
Total Grants Awarded: $27,000
RRF supports Sunrise Kids, an after-school dance and soccer activity program for 180 children, ages 5-18, in Oneshila, the “forgotten backwater” of Oshakati which is a large and sprawling northern city in Namibia. In Namibia, the national average of HIV infection is 17.8%, and the average rate in Oneshila is estimated between 17-27%. Seventy percent (70%) of Namibia’s population is under the age of 30 and 43% is under the age of 15. Serving 150 children two afternoons per week, Sunrise Kids “gives kids a safe place to be kids,” using positive sports and recreation activities to build confidence and self-esteem, helping youth avoid bad choices and eventual contraction of HIV. The program costs $40 per year per child.