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Omba Arts Trust
  • Windhoek, Namibia
English, Afrikaans
Organization Description
The Omba Arts Trust is a non profit, Namibian organisation based in Windhoek. We are a registered fair trade organisation with WTFO and have been operating as an independent organisation for 8 years but have worked in the craft sector for 20 years. We are also members of NACSO (Namibia Community Based Natural Resource Management Organisations.)

We are governed by a Board of Trustees and managed by a Director, with two full time, two part time staff and one volunteer whose term ends end of March 2012.

We assist rural communities in developing unique and quality Namibian craft and art as an opportunity to increase their livelihoods. We work with over 650 people in 10 regions of Namibia. The closest community is 300 km away from Windhoek and the furtherest is over 1000km. Over 60% of the producers we support are Bushmen (San) living in remote settlements.

Namibia has over 50% unemployment and we thus target the most vulnerable and marginalised of the unemployed – mostly women and Bushmen. Typically we would work with producers designing and developing marketable products using local skills and resources. We provide business training and mentoring and source materials when needed.

Our offices are based in the Old Brewery Craft Market. The space includes a retail shop on the premises as well as one in the Namibia Crafts Centre. We also supply wholesale to customers locally and abroad.

When funds are available we work in the field in often remote locations. We value the relationship we have with extraordinary people and the beautiful products they make give us immense joy.

Our challenges like most non profits are the lack of resources, human and other and our goal is to strengthen the Trust ensuring its long term sustainability.
Arts, Business
Skills Needed
Web Development, Writing, Online Marketing, Business, Business Administration, IT, Design, Crafts, Arts, Product Development
Accommodation Provided - Minimum Stay: 1 month
Average Cost per Week ($USD)
$325 per week
Estimate only - contact this Organization for actual costs to Volunteer
  • 3 Meals per Day
  • Volunteer Hostel
  • Local Transport

Costs do not include Flights, Visas, Vaccinations, Insurance, Spending Money, Pre-Departure-Orientation, 2-Meals-per-Day, 1-Meal-per-Day, Homestay, Airport-Pickup-and-Drop-Off, Internet
Karin le Roux
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