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Capacity strengthening of the Karas Huisen Crafts in Keetmanshoop (Namibia)

The project was implemented between 18 August and 18 October 2013 in Keetmanshoop (region Karas) in Namibia, and counted with participation of two volunteers, who stayed there from 19 August to 28 October 2013. The coordinator of the project was Angelus Silesius House, and the local partner was Karas Huisen Crafts Trust (KHC), an organisation focusing on supporting sick and infected people and their families through manufacturing and sale of local souvenirs.

The aim of the project was to increase the potential and to strengthen independence of KHC, the main beneficiary.

Over the course of the project, the volunteers helped to create a website, an informational brochure, product images and texts about KHC. Grant applications and requests for financial support were also created, and a grant application to the EU was drafted. Moreover, KHC workers were trained about fundraising, marketing and IT. In order to expand the sales network, trade relations were initiated with iWits, a marketing company from Windhoek, and the Central Lodge hotel. Recommendations for educational projects about HIV prevention were created, as well.

An important element of the volunteers’ activities was to organise and moderate the debate about the possible changes in the organisation’s structure, which would improve its work. As a result, two schemes of crucial changes were drafted, aiming at creating an additional management level, what will help to run the organisation more effectively. As part of the organisational changes, the way of work of the Board of Trustees of KHC was greatly improved.