Professional Staff

Neels Strijdom

After many years abroad educating children in South African townships and in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, Neels and his wife Kathleen felt the call back to Namibia to work with Namibian youth. Coming from a pastoral background with a focus on development projects amongst youth, Neels was especially excited to come and work for MYO.

“I truly believe in the vision that Nelson Mandela had for youth and education when he said ‘Young people must take it upon themselves to ensure that they receive the highest education possible so that they can represent us well in future as future leaders.’ MYO provides the youth in Mondesa the opportunity to receive the best education that they can. It’s an honour to work for a project with such a vision!”

Frans Ndjahera

Frans is our Computer teacher and originally from Omaruru, Namibia where he also started school. He completed Grade 12 at Okakarara Secondary School. Frans studied at the IT Department at CTC in Omaruru to become a tutor. He joined MYO in February 2013 and besides teaching our learners in computer, he also is responsible for maintaining our computer lab and assists with some IT work in the office or library. He also helps us driving the learners from and to schools and field trips.

Fulvia Maketo

Fulvia is the Life Skills teacher and librarian at MYO. She is originally from the Zambezi region in Namibia. She started working for MYO in September 2010 as secretary and now forms part of the MYO teaching staff. She is also the Grade 4 class teacher.

Mr Khoeseb

Mr Khoeseb is the Mathematics teacher at MYO with 38 years of mainstream teaching experience. Teaching is more than a mere job for Mr Khoeseb. It is his passion. He is able to teach strong, basic mathematic principles providing solid foundations to the learners.

Kathleen Boulter

Kathleen was born in Scotland, many years ago, and eventually ended up in Namibia in the late 70’s. Her employment experience ranges from working with the British Government, Rössing Uranium, Public Relations Officer at the Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Centre in Swakopmund and a spell of two years at MYO in 2010 to 2012 as manager.

After working again in hospitality she is happy to be back at MYO as of February 2018, this time doing administration work and happily teaching reading to Grade 7.

Kathleen Strijdom

Born in Namibia, Kath grew up in South Africa where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Microbiology and Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Rhodes University. She has extensive teaching experience from teaching in township schools in South Africa and at the Rio International School in Brazil. Kath is one of our English teachers at MYO. She focuses on teaching and establishing a strong foundation in English and reading while cultivating a love from learning.

Joel Nambuli

Joel is a talented musician and shares his skills with the MYO learners, teaching them to play marimbas, drums and harmonica. His music delights everyone who visits and enhances all of our functions.

Jerome Cloete

Jerome is a talented musician skilled at teaching recorders, guitar, piano, singing and music theory. He is an accomplished flautist and is invaluable to MYO and the learners he teaches. He joined MYO in 2012 and worked for the APC in Tsumeb for a few months before returning to MYO in August 2016.

Moses Kaluvango

Moses (grounds maintenance) has been with MYO since 2008. One of the first things our guests notice on their visits to our facilities is the beautifully maintained garden and grounds. Moses takes great pride in his work and you will often find him tidying the premises and pruning flowers while humming a tune.

Welerie Guriras

Welerie (cook & housekeeper) has been responsible for keeping our learners well nourished with her delicious lunches since June 2009. It is also Welerie who does an excellent job of keeping our facilities clean. She has a positive outlook to everything – and she makes an excellent split pea soup!

Every Donation Helps

Mondesa Youth Opportunities is a registered trust in Namibia and an IRS 501(c)3 approved non-profit in the United States. MYO relies exclusively on donations from individuals or businesses to sustain our operations.

MYO operates extremely lean and with complete transparency. We post our P&L on this site and you will see that approximately 98% of our expenditures are spent right at our school on goods and services that directly serve our core mission. We do not reimburse overseas board members for trips and we do not pay for professional services out of donated funds except for our bookkeeping services in Namibia, which is a requirement to maintain our trust status in the country.

Please consider a recurring donation in a monthly amount that is sustainable so we can continue to offer our services to these disadvantaged youth who deserve the opportunities that only a quality basic education can provide.

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