History Outline of Ombili Foundation

March 1989
Ombili began its work approximately 200 km north of its current location. In Omauni, near the Agolan border

Klaus-Jochen Mais-Rische made his farm Hedwigslust available to the project.

They started a garden and the San people built their own huts in Ombili. Then afterwards they started building the community center, the school, a workshop, few apartments for teachers and employees.

Education for San children started in Ombili.

The kindergarten and preschool rooms were set up.

A 30 hectare area of ​​the Hedwigslust farm was donated to the foundation.

Ombili school children started attending secondary schools in Tsintsabis and Tsumeb.

The school choir records its second CD.

July 2003
Donors bought a 3000 hectare Hedwigslust farm and handed it over to the foundation.

With the additional lease of the neighboring farms Ondera and Kumewa, a total of 10,000 hectares were cultivated for agriculture and cattle.

May 2004
They started producing the first clay blocks which were used for building houses.

January 2005
The new boarding school (Mais-Rische-Heim) for 80 pupils was inaugurated.

Beate Mais-Rische retires after many years of active support. The board of trustees was being reorganized. Ombili was also getting a new management.

2007 to 2010
Rooms for practical training were being completed. The cultural center was ceremoniously opened. This is followed by a nature trail (Bushman Trail) and the replica of the traditional huts for tourist activities.

Ombili received a new board of directors. The management was exchanged.

Ombili lost the lease for Ondera and Kumewa (approx. 10,000 hectares), has to sell the herd of cattle and create new accommodation for the employees living on Ondera on the Hedwigslust farm. Almost the entire garden of several hectares fell victim to the frost.

The long-term restructuring that began in 2009 was continuing and showing success. The policy of increasing the own share in the generation of financial resources was bearing fruit. The prerequisites for creating a new herd of cattle started taking shape.

The system of Ombili workshops were expanded. Now, in addition to the repair workshop, there was a workshop for handicrafts, a workshop for paper and textile printing in spatial connection with the sewing workshop, a garden workshop for marketing garden products and a bakery within the boarding school kitchen also for the production of marketable products.

The kindergarten was at the height of reconstruction and renovation. Two new group rooms a were created.

Joint activities with the residents to improve the infrastructure and quality of life were in full swing. Residential houses were provided with concrete floors, walls plastered, old houses torn down and replaced by new ones.