Salesian Missionaries Facilitate Water Project in Namibia’s Rundu Apostolic Vicariate

Salesian water project at St. John Bosco Parish in Namibia's Apostolic Vicariate of Rundu/ Credit: Salesian Missions

More than 7,300 people at St. John Bosco Parish in Namibia's Apostolic Vicariate of Rundu can now access clean water following an initiative, which Salesian Missions, the US development wing of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) facilitated.

Situated within the Don Bosco Youth Center in Rundu, the Catholic Parish has benefitted from the project that is part of the Salesian Missions “Clean Water Initiative”, a global drive aimed at connecting villages to clean water. 

According to SDB officials in Namibia, a huge percentage of people in Namibia lack access to constant supply of clean water.  

“In Namibia, more than one quarter of the population lacks access to clean water and more than half lacks access to proper sanitation facilities. Inadequate water and sanitation are major causes of diseases, reducing a community’s ability to thrive,” the Salesian missionaries in the Southwestern African nation say in the Tuesday, June 22 report published by Mission Newswire, SDB information platform.

Before the water project, they say, the Parish had no clean water and good sanitation. This caused cancellation of most youth programs at the center, as the church facilities were not usable.


The youth center leadership has expressed satisfaction over the implementation of the water project, giving a greenlight for church services to resume as the water situation has improved.

“The water project at St. John Bosco Parish was met with great success,” said Fr. Louis Malama, project manager at Don Bosco Youth Center.

The Priest adds, “The new water tank has improved and provided sufficient clean and safe water for youth who come for various programs and Church services. We are thankful to our donors and to Salesian Missions.”

Namibia, SDB officials say, is one of Africa’s nine countries that are considered as upper middle income. However, according to them, this is ironic as poverty in the country is still prevalent with a huge disparity between the rich and poor.  

“Namibia’s poverty rate is 32 percent with an unemployment rate of 29.6 percent. Poverty in Namibia is acute in the northern regions of Kavango, Oshikoto, Zambezi, Kunene and Ohangwena, where upwards of one-third of the population lives in poverty,” explain the missionaries quoting a report from the World Bank on Namibia’s economic status.

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The missionaries say they are passionate about improving the economic situation in the country by also offering quality education to indigenous peoples.

“Salesian programs across Namibia are primarily focused on education. Salesian primary and secondary education in the country helps youth prepare for later technical, vocational or university study,” SDB members in the Southwestern African nation say in June 22 report.