Otjikondo School


The Otjikondo Village School Foundation has a place close to the heart of Hazel’s Footprint’s Trust. It is here that Hazel spent a hugely successful gap year in 2001-2 and two years later she was followed by her younger brother Peter.

The school is set in a beautiful corner of north-west Namibia, 80 kilometers north of Outjo in the Kunene Region, and it comprises a farm and, also, a boarding school for about 240 children between the ages of 6 and 14. The school’s motto is ‘One Step Forward’ and over the years it has become one of the finest educational hubs in the area.

It was established in 1990 by husband and wife team Reiner and Gillian Stommel and ever since it has run with increasing levels of success.

In 2003, when Hazel decided to join the Durham University Charity Komittee (DUCK) expedition to Kilimanjaro, she spent months (hugely successfully) raising money for improvements to the school. And when the Trust was formed one of the key motivations was to continue Hazel’s support for the school and this has been captured in the Trust’s second aim:

To promote the charitable purposes of the Otjikondo Village School Foundation, Namibia, through the provision of an annual donation

Happily our fundraising success has allowed us to do this. We sent £5,000 to Otjikondo every year between 2005 and 2011 and since then we have sent £10,000 each year. They have built a new medical block, a science classroom and a learning support classroom. We’ve also been able to improve their sports equipment too.

We’re proud to support the magnificent work that Otjikondo School does, supporting the education of so many so successfully, and we will continue to do this in the future.