Namibia

Kalahari Desert Becomes A Nation

By Sr Remedios delos Reyes OSB

About a decade ago, the order of Mary of Immaculate came to Windhoek to start the first mission here in Namibia, Southern Africa. In 1923 my own congregation, the Missionary Benedictine Sisters of Tutzing also went to Namibia to do their apostolates – health and education programs. It’s easy to feel at home here in Namibia. Namibians are very much like us Filipinos. They give importance to family life, education and of course they also love eating and having fun.

Small Population

Namibia is one of the least densely populated countries in the world with an average of 1.3 persons per kilometer. Eleven languages weave a rich cultural tapestry. However, English is the official language since 1990 (Independence Year); Afrikaans and German are also widely used here. There are also eleven ethnic groups in Namibia and the Ovambos are the largest group.

The Gods Must Be Crazy

By Sr. Janice McLaughlin MM

Who can forget the marvelous movie THE GOD MUST BE CRAZY? It featured the so-called Bushmen of Southern Africa. As we learn from this article, their real name is the San people and many of them live in Namibia where Sr. Imelda Bautista works alongside her Maryknoll companions.

German Colony


Sr Imelda Bautista (right) coordinates education in Namibia's 
48 Catholic Schools.

The Desert is Fertile

By Sr. Remedios de los Reyes, OSB

Sr. M. Remedios left the Philippines and went to Africa to respond to God’s call of becoming a Missionary Benedictine Sister. Here she shares with us her life in Namibia as a teacher.

Off to Africa

In March 9, 1993, I was sent to Africa as Missionary Benedictine Sister. Namibia is very beautiful. Windhoek is the capital city. Afrikaans and English are the official languages and German is the local language. The African populations follow traditional animistic beliefs. However, many have been converted to Christianity. Education has become available to all since the country gained its independence in March 21, 1990.