Bettering the lives of underprivileged Havana youth

In the heart of the Havana residential area in Windhoek, now stands a place where the unemployed youth can escape their harsh realities through an initiative called the Havana Youth Café (HYC).

Funded by the Embassy of Finland, through the Funds for Local Cooperation funding instrument, with co-financing from NUST, the Café is an investment to empower underprivileged young people.

Speaking at the official launch of the Café, Dr Delvaline Möwes, the then Acting NUST Vice- Chancellor, said, “The concept of the Café builds on the success story of Rlabs, a South African award-winning non-profit company, established in 2009. Its mission has been to reconstruct communities through creating environments and systems where people are impacted, empowered and transformed through HOPE, Innovation, Technology, Training and Economic Opportunities.” Rlabs Namibia was established in 2012 under the auspices of the Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII) at NUST, and has since trained nearly 1 000 youth under this project.

Prof Heike Winschiers-Theophilus, an academic in the Faculty of Computing and Informatics (FCI), and Project Manager of the University’s ICTechHub, applauded the Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) for their gracious partnership through the actualisation of donations towards the project. “MTC is supporting the operation of the café with digital connection, equipment and service development under the NUST- MTC Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), jointly promoting inclusive and national tech innovation.”

The launch of the café marks the beginning of a new chapter for the Havana community and its habitants.

Monday, February 15, 2021
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