It has been quite a few years since I started documenting images for S.P.E.S. This charity organisation started over 10 years ago and today they look after the under privileged children and their teachers to educate, feed, minister and uplift approximately 40 pre primary schools based in Katutura, Windhoek. I have been honoured to visit many of these schools throughout the last few years. I have captured children walking down an escalator for the first time, or going up a mall elevator and to see the amazement or awe in their eyes still is such a humbling experience.
Every week one school go on an outing to various places around Windhoek to broaden their horizon and to help make their world better and bigger.
Once a month the SPES team delivers food and supplies to these schools to help them maintain a sustainable environment where children can go home with a full tummy – something that is so completely rare where they live.
Teachers have to attend training courses to help them teach and tend better for the children in their care.
They have different sponsors providing blankets every winter to each child.
A big thank you also goes out to ACV for their continued support in driving the children to their weekly outings.
There are plenty of stories, many volunteers, dedicated people and heart warming individuals that works extremely hard every day to try and make a difference in the lives of many children. S.P.E.S is succeeding so well and I am so proud of them.
I have compiled a few images just to give you a inside look into S.P.E.S and all it has done since April this year. There are images of the children taking day trips to places such as a local nursery, a mall, restaurants and play centres. Many more events and projects happen every week without me getting to all of them. On the 18th of July the South African Embassy celebrated Mandela day and included S.P.E.S. (Mandela day images taken by Joyous Love Photography.)
These images are surely a symbol of need, but just as much of hope. Thank you S.P.E.S for offering the support and sustainability to a much needed community.