In the north-central part of Namibia, hundreds of children have become orphans and vulnerable members of society as a result of the HIV-AIDS epidermic, with many becoming ‘street children’. Petrina Shiimi is the face behind the Oonte Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), a charitable not-for-profit organisation that serves the community by assisting over 450 orphans, child-headed households and vulnerable children living in and around Ondangwa. Oonte provides meals, psycho-social programmes, home-based care programmes and educational programmes that create HIV-AIDS awareness and vocational opportunities and also provides school uniforms and pays school fees for several OVCs.
As a result of these programmes many of the children are able to stay in school, increase their self-esteem and set goals for their future. Since its inception in 2006, Oonte has benefited from financial and other support from organisations that including the Church Alliance for Orphans (CAFO), UNICEF, NIP, Lithon Project Consultants and other funders and some in-kind donors. Through these donations and projects, Oonte has demonstrated its ability not to only execute on a strategic plan but to accurately document and report on its work so that the donors are assured that their donations are going to those OVCs.