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News Archive

September 2012

Horseshoe and back: a day-long hike on the reserve

Tired but enthusiastic the mixed German and Namibian youth group takes a picture-break to preserve this special day. As part of a partnership between the church of Braunschweig (Germany) and the ELCIN (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia) some of the members of both youth groups in Germany and in Namibia have the unique chance to visit the respective countries. For the past three weeks the youth group from Germany has travelled around Namibia and they stopped off at NaDEET to experience the beauty of the Namib Desert and to learn about sustainable living together with their fellows Namibians!
“It’s been a great trip, thanks NaDEET, thanks Namibia, thanks Germany!”

August 2012

Full immersion in Namibian nature and culture for Freundschaft mit NaDEET!

“Please, come on in…” A smiling and welcoming Fredericka invites the 20 German tourists standing in front of her house to go inside. “It’s surprising the way they welcomed us, perfect strangers to them, to go in their houses” the enthusiastic comment of one of the members of Freundschaft mit NaDEET when they visited the Maltahöhe community group with NaDEET staff. The community members proudly showed their guests what they learned during their week at NaDEET Centre and put into practice in their everyday life. An enriching experience for our visitors from Germany: a concrete example of the results of NaDEET’s work and of Namibian culture…

August 2012

And the winner is...

It’s Friday morning. After a full-immersion week in various activities to learn how to live sustainably at NaDEET Centre, everyone is ready to go. No wait, where is everyone? There they are all the members of the Maltahöhe community group, gathered to discover the name of the winner of the brand new bucket shower built - a simple, low cost design to save water. NaDEET staff member Elizabeth has just picked the piece of paper which will reveal the winner, the tension is high… Congratulations, Christof, you’re the lucky one!

July 2012

Great success of NaDEET programme for secondary schools!

July has been “the month of the secondary schools” at NaDEET Centre! Thanks to the funding of NedBank Go Green three groups from Daweb JSS, Empelheim JSS and WJD Cloete had the chance to experience a week at NaDEET. Through interactive game-activities such as “The Environmental Problem Tree”, “Prioritize Your Pyramid”, “Shop Till You Drop” and “The G6 Challenge” the schoolchildren learnt about the causes of the environmental problems, their consequences and thought of the possible solutions to solve them. They then critically discussed about important social and global issues and tried to decide which one are more urgent and need to be faced first. Last but not least the participants prepared and enjoyed delicious solar-cooked meals!

June 2012

Solar cook and save N$10 - N$40 per week!

That’s what several Maltahöhe residents told NaDEET staff when we visited them in June.  NaDEET staff interviewed seven of the Maltahöhe Community Group members who had attended NaDEET Centre in November 2011 to find out how they were taking advantage of new technology and practices learned at NaDEET to improve their lifestyles. All of the participants we talked to told us they used their solar cookers at least once a week, but most said they use it every day when there is sunshine. 

We visited on a cold and cloudy day and almost every house we went to were actively using their fuel-efficient stoves. Participants told us they were saving between $10-$40pw buying less wood – the bigger the family, the greater the saving.

So the proof is in – you can save money and combat climate change – all at the same time!


June 2012

How special is the night sky at NaDEET?

Very special, so much so, that the night sky above NRNR and NaDEET has just been certified by the International Dark Sky Association as Africa’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, only one of four IDSRs in the world!  To gain Gold Tier IDSR certification, NaDEET took a number of measures to reduce light pollution including the development of special light fittings made from recycled materials.

NaDEET staff show visitors the wonders of the night sky both by naked eye and through a telescope. The threat light pollution poses and how to prevent it are also discussed. See the Night Sky edition of the Bush Telegraph for more information.

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