Men on the Side of the Road (Namibia) (WO348)

What we do: With an unemployment rate of over 50% in Namibia, the aim of MSR is to link its registered work-seeking members to job and training opportunities and to better equip members to be able to find employment for themselves.
MSR has facilitated the training of dozens of people, providing them with skills that will help them forever.  These skills include vocational skills such as plumbing and carpentry, as well as the ‘soft’ skills required to get and to keep a job. We have brought dignity and pride to the destitute, creating a sense of self-esteem and the knowledge that Namibians care.

We need volunteers to: Talk at our meetings about entrepreneurship, employability, learning etc., Teach computer/English/money management classes. Assist with writing funding applications and fundraising for the organisation, or connecting us with potential donors and grant-making bodies. Assist with awareness raising and marketing of the MSR concept and organisation. Help us to take MSR to other areas of the country, where there is a need for our services. Assist us with ideas and expertise to increase our self sustainability.
Non-cash donations needed:

  • Any office stationery: pens, pencils, paper, rulers, white board markers, ink cartridges etc. (We use these in our training courses.)
  • Office cleaning materials: Dishwasher, floor cleaner, toilet paper, dishcloths, tea towels, hand towels, to create a clean and welcoming environment for our members to visit.
  • Tea, coffee, powdered milk, sugar and biscuits, for refreshments during training activities and community meetings
  • A motorcar or small pickup (to reduce our reliance on public transport and taxis)
  • Heaters for the office in winter (it gets very cold)
  • Extension cords are always useful.
  • Basic English language books for adults (for inclusion in our library, and to assist with improving English literacy among our members)

Contact name: Janet Wicks or Hilya Kambanda
Telephone number: 061305892
Email: (Janet) or (Hilya)

Address: Workshop #1, Habitat Research & Development Centre, Claudius Kandovazu St, Katutura, Windhoek, Namibia


Languages spoken: English/Afrikaans/Oshiwambo

Other useful information: Each day men gather in their 100s at sites all over Windhoek, waiting expectantly for anyone who cares to offer them a day's casual labour. Driven by the need to survive, to feed their families, they will tackle any job that comes their way. These are the men on the side of the road.

Launched in 2007, the Men on the Side of the Road (MSR) Project works with these men to enable them to gain marketable skills and start on the path to self-sustainability or employment. MSR facilitates change in Namibia by connecting the unemployed with job and training opportunities.