This is Diana, she is 27 years old and a single mother of 4 children
(Given 9 years, Chamela 7 years, Marly 5 years and Adriana 6 months).
I met Diana at the Art Center in Katutura/ Windhoek ( Namibia )
She was interested in my project and the NALA exhibition and asked me many questions.
She used to work as a security guard at the Art Center, one of the most boring jobs in the world.
One day she asked me if I would know about another job for her, but since I am just a guest here my answer was negative.
She wanted to really work, do something productive and not just sit around and stare into space.
We started talking and she told me that the exploiting security company she worked for paid its employees only after 2 or 3 months and less than it was agreed on. Most people here are glad to have a job at all, even if it only pays 75 Euros per month and they have to work all day without breaks…. (if you want to learn the whole story, I can send it to you through email)
I gave thought to the whole story and got her in touch with a friend who was looking for a cleaner.
But he wanted to pay her only about 70 NAM$ per day (about 5.50 €). So I kept looking and got an idea…
NALA will help and support Diana and I came up with a new job for her. I sold some of my paintings and from the returns I will buy her a sewing machine. This way Diana can sew more NALA products on her own. The returns from these products will benefit and support this project. Therefore I need many buyers for my NALA products!
I visited Diana at her mother’s place in Okahandja Park, one of the poorest parts of Katutura/Windhoek. It’s an informal settlement and the house was built with corrugated metal sheets and plastic canvas. There is no electricity or water in the house. The bathroom (outside far from the house) they have to share with several people. Her mother, who is supposed to watch the children while Diana is at work, is usually drunk and even ate up all the food that I had recently bought for Diana and her children.
Diana would like to move out there and build up a peaceful home for herself and her children.
If you would like to support “Project Diana”… this is your chance:
As soon as the support from you for this project reaches 100 Euro, I will get the amount from my account and buy the sewing machine for “Project Diana”.
Additionally 350 Euro are needed to support Diana to move into her own house and give her children the chance to live in a peaceful environment.
Here you can see how much support the project has gotten so far and when the project has been realized (every dot marks 10 Euro).
If you, as a supporter, would like your name to be published on the website I will do so of course. You can also choose what you want to support … the purchase of the sewing machine or a new home for Diana.
Zero € O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O 200 € financed :-)
Nikolai Sowa, Wellington / New Zealand 70 €
André Pilz 130 €
Thank You very much.
Building Materials for a new Shack ( House )
Zero € O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O 350 € financed :-)
Alexandra and Steve Ulrich, Jena / Germany 100.00 €
Micha Messermann, Mainz / Germany 50.00 €
Elfie and Johannes Defér, Freital / Germany 50.00 €
Ines Schollenbruch, Leipzig / Germany 100 €
anonym Donator, Thuringia / Germany 50.00 €
Madlen Schiefer for all the Organisation
Marek for the entrance door,
Thank You very much
Anyway … today (17th of August) Diana came to the guest house where I am staying right now and together we worked on the first NALA t-shirts and she also came up with new ideas for more NALA products.
Just take a look at what she had made … hand-made! She is very motivated and has the energy to realize her ideas … she just need a little help to get started!
June 2014, Diana lives in peace in her new home together with her 4 kids. She worked on a daily basis job.
Thank you to all donators.
latest update: 5. June 2018
NALA gets a little Brother
( painted by David Thuku ( Brush to Art studio) Nairobi, Kenya )
You are already looking forward to the "little surprise" I have for you?
Some of you have guessed it.
I get a little brother. I'm so curious. I hope he is cool and relaxed to travel with him later and show him the world out there.
More stories from the my new little brother, i will write you later.
At the end of the year, we will travel to South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya and maybe even Ethiopia before continuing on Bicycle through West Africa.
latest update: 7. May 2018
NALA is back in Switzerland.
NALA visited Friends in the Italian part of Switzerland ( Tessin )
Now she freezing a bit, because she is still in her summer clothes. It is not cold at all, but the snow is still 2 meter high in Bosco Gurin, approx 1500 meter above sea level.
NALA Diashow auf Youtube
Hallo Freunde von NALA.
Auf Youtube gibt es jetzt das kleine Video zu sehen, was während der NALA Ausstellung gezeigt wurde.
Folgt diesem link:
Über ein Feedback würde ich mich sehr freuen. Dieses könnt Ihr hier: Opinion about The NALA Project hinterlassen
NALA Slideshow video on YouTube
On YouTube you can see the little video, which we shown during the NALA ART Exhibition in Leipzig. This Video shows André´s and Nala´s artistic bicycle Journey through Africa.
The titles are in german language, but there are very nice photos to see.
Follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSkB-UHgOeo
It will be lovely if you can leave a comment about the NALA Project here: Opinion about The NALA Project.
Thank you very much
Yours NALA and André
I am currently in: Kassel / Germany
Tel. +49 176 4382 7985
+ André is working very hard to raise money for the next cycling Tour in West Africa.
+ searching new space for more NALA Exhibitions.
NALA and André are busy organizing Events to show the NALA Artworks from eastern and southern Africa.
More updates soon.
We will continue our NALA Project Cycling Tour
end of 2018
Cycled kilometer: 16.025 km
Tourstart by Bike was: Monday April 1, 2013
You can also find NALA on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheNalaProject
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