mesag michael

geraral worker, NBC
Ondangwa, Namibia

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I am 37 years old married with 6 kid, i work for a national broadcasting company called ( NBC ) for the past 13 years. I am passionate about community development in northern part of my country and hope to get some ideas on changing the situation.

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We are a people that where colonized for many years, we lived under apartheid, we lived far from the than master's, this meant that education and general social influence where far. When our country got independent the new government have been trying to help feed and educate the population but the social development side of my people have been left for them to experiment with. The result is the mashrooming of shebeens everywhere, which has resulted in an uncontrolled abuse of alcohol but luckily no drugs. This has lead to high failure rate in schools, HIV infections, and teenage pregnancy. There are no alternative social facilities such as public parks and swimming pools, libraries and sport courts. I am thus sharing this as a starting point in attempting to help.

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i am passionate about the upliftment of my people from self inflicting social pain emanating from lack of education, lack of social education and facilities. Socializing equals Alcohol, music and sex.

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A am a good thinker and motivational speaker but these talents are not fully developed

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We are a people that where colonized for many years, we lived under apartheid, we lived far from the than master's, this meant that education and general social influence where far. When our country got independent the new government have been trying to help feed and educate the population but the social development side of my people have been left for them to experiment with. The result is the mashrooming of shebeens everywhere, which has resulted in an uncontrolled abuse of alcohol but luckily no drugs. This has lead to high failure rate in schools, HIV infections, and teenage pregnancy. There are no alternative social facilities such as public parks and swimming pools, libraries and sport courts. I am thus sharing this as a starting point in attempting to help.

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Noface
mesag michael
Posted 2 months ago
There are deformed communities in Africa due to apartheid which are currently victims of alcoholism and aids, how can such people be helped?
It's quite an interesting conversation you are having with Pat there, i agree that he seem to want to limit the the discussion to the recent isolated colonial history which we can not learn much from, as we intend on understanding the patterns with the hope to try and understand what could be best for the victims as originally queried. You also wanted me to shed light on where the country stand as i see it, in relation to the original concern. Well as a country we will be turning 24 years old in March, our population has increased from around 1.7 million at independence to about 2.3 million at present, a lot have been achieved since independence in different areas such as education, sanitation, and poverty is not necessarily the worst as such. What i see as the biggest challenge has more to do with lack of education, not because there are no schools or that it is expensive, but mainly due to the general attitude in the population towards education, in that the compositions of most communities/Towns are as follows: houses, shebeens every where, night clubs, schools, non functional sports fields and that's it. Most of this town's are modelled on the European style, but the absence of other social supports systems such as librarlies, different sport facilities and parks means that the only way to socialize are to sit at the bar and drink, which lead to unprotected sex which lead to aids. I want to highlight that apartheid kept black people in that concentrated camps, if the word is not not too extreme, they where where contracted from thief villages, made to work on mines living in these camps having nothing else to do after work but drink. Which is why after independence they do what they have leaned to become, as was the case with a baby born in jail example.
Noface
mesag michael
Posted 2 months ago
There are deformed communities in Africa due to apartheid which are currently victims of alcoholism and aids, how can such people be helped?
Your input clarify much of my worries and it is sad that such could be possible. i would like to know more of what you think can be done when the environment is not supportive of education due to a strong culture and tradition that see education as a source for disrespect but but welcome alcoholism cos it creeps in like water.
Noface
mesag michael
Posted 3 months ago
How would you make a difference with $1 million?
$ 1 million dollars is equivalent to N$10 million dollars in Namibia, with that money one can build 5 libraries and 5 different sport facilities and a gym in northern part of the country where we have an uncontrolled problem of alcohol abuse caused mainly by the absence of social facilities as mentioned, this has lead to HIV infections, teenage pregnancy and a collapse cultural norms and values. With a million dollars i will run a campaign on radio to discourage the use of alcohol and encourage a culture of reading which is highly needed in my communities.