July 2017 Newsletter

Jul 13 2017

Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo died at home at 92 years of age on Friday June 9th.

“We have lost a Hero!” Hilda Basson-Namundjebo said, as she addressed our special chapel service at Community Hope yesterday. She was one of the first to arrive at Toivo’s home along with Namibian President Hage Geingob and his wife Monica, the First Lady, to comfort his twin daughters Mutaleni and Nashikoto.  

Toivo was incarcerated from 1968 -1984 at Robben Island in South Africa along with Nelson Mandela. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andimba_Toivo_ya_Toivo

I met Toivo at the gym about 10 years ago but had no idea who he was. When I asked him what he did he said he worked with the Ministry of Labor, only later finding out he had been the Minister of Labor. He was a humble man.

On January 19th 2011 Toivo came to Community Hope and spoke to each class, grades 1-7, about studying hard and getting a good education. He himself had been a student and then a teacher and insisted that the way out of poverty was available to them at Community Hope if they wanted it.

Toivo, like all Namibians loved meat. He found out that I hunted for meat for the school and he asked me to bring him some game meat. I took hindquarter of an Oryx I shot over to his home and showed his wife, Vicki, an American, how to prepare it by cutting it into roasts. 

Above, is David Miller who along with his wife Kara and their family of 3 boys have actively supported Community Hope for years. Dave was blessed to meet  Toivo during their visit to Namibia.

Toivo ya Toivo means “Hope for Hope.” He was an example to all about standing up for what is right and not compromising. He believed in freedom, equality, hated racism and was intolerant of any sort of corruption; a true hero.

“Praise was heaped on the late Herman Andimba Toivo ya Toivo as a selfless hero and fierce opponent of tribalism, corruption and greed by many of those who spoke at his memorial service at Ondangwa on Friday”. http://www.namibian.com.na/55801/read/Ya-Toivo-abhorred-tribalism-greed-%E2%80%93-speakers

Thank you for your ongoing support of Community Hope. With your help our learners do have the “Hope of Hope” of escaping poverty and making something out of their lives, of becoming a generation of Namibian heroes.