Barbara and Kai Schulke from the private NGO, German-Namibian School Partnership (DNSP), handed over boxes with sports clothes and tennis rackets to the Central Tennis Club, which were received by Kallie Heese, the Namibian Tennis Association (NTA) development coordinator.
The tennis equipment had been collected from members of the Andernach Tennis Club (ATC) in Germany. This is the fifth tennis equipment donation to be made by Barbara and Kai, on behalf of junior Namibian tennis players, who cannot afford to buy expensive tennis shoes, clothing and rackets.
The historical town of Andernach (40 000 people) on the River Rhine between Koblenz and Cologne is known for its tennis tradition and has produced an impressive number of top-ranked junior players, among them 21-year-old Anna Lena Friedsam, currently number 95 on the WTA ranking list.
Barbara and Kai have over the years been working closely with Namibian schools and donated what they have to enhance the relationship between Germany and Namibia. The initiative has been ongoing for about 20 years now. During the holiday season in Germany there are volunteers who come to Namibia and go to various schools and help in any way they can.
By profession Barbara Schulke is a retired teacher and they started the DNSP initiative by donating school equipment, such as books, computers and construction projects to Namibian schools. DNSP also supports youth groups and sports clubs, such as the NTA Tennis Development Kids.
“Recently we helped to build two classrooms at a school in Witvlei and we have also worked with the Windhoek Alte Feste Lion’s Club and built an ablution block,” Barbara said. “The other schools we have worked with are in Gobabis and Rundu” she added.