The Dutch national, Dirk Bellens, founder of Young Africa Namibia, has signed an agreement with the Walvis Bay municipality on the shared use of the former youth hostel kitchen and adjacent land as a youth skills and art centre.
The agreement fulfils the dream of Bellens to set up a skills development project for the underprivileged youth in Kuisebmund recently.
With his experience as a capacity builder at the Rundu Town Council between 2001 and 2007, Dirk knew the dire need of skills development projects for underprivileged youth in Namibia and a fact finding mission to the country in early 2010, confirmed his earlier observations. His and his wife plans to set up a Young Africa Skills Centre was welcomed by various governmental and non-governmental institutes.
The recent trip to Namibia was his third visit. The aim of this visit was threefold: to register the Young Africa Namibia Trust; to reach an agreement with the municipality of Walvis Bay and to meet with the architect to produce a visual project plan as well as a rough cost estimate for a youth skills and arts centre.
In addition, Bellens was invited by the Walvis Bay Rotary Club to present the Young Africa project and also met with other local non governmental organisations in the field of youth development.
In Windhoek, he had a very fruitful meeting with Pohamba Shifeta, deputy minister of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture, who gave his full support to the project.
Dirk and Yvette Bellens, having worked as capacity builders for Young Africa Zimbabwe for three years, were keen to continue their work for underprivileged youth in Africa.