For residents of remote villages, the value of classroom education is often obscured. Without cultural prompts for future employment and prosperity - residents have limited vision for the value of education.  Commitment to education is learned, stimulated through social and cultural experiences.  Living in areas among people who do not rely on classroom education deepens the divide between marginalized people and future opportunities for sustainable self-sufficiency.

Thanks to the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. based Darien project two boxes of children’s books are now included in DRFN training mat...

[Read more...]

Financial Literacy for residents of the remote resettlement farm, Donkerbos, requires DFRN to deliver creative training.  Concentrating on managing money in everyday life, our Peace Corps Volunteer, Susan, delivered a two-day workshop to thirty-five enthusiastic participants.

Everyday life in Donkerbos does not include traditional employment, unplanned trips to grocery stores, or reliable access to motorized transportation.  In Donkerbos incomes are low, access to transportation is sporadic and it’s a fifty Kilometre trek to the nearest shopping.  For marginalized people living in the Kalahari...

[Read more...]

The Oyetu Project stirred much enthusiasm in Skoonheid as community members gathered to collect applications in preparation for selection of participants. The Oyetu Project offers a unique opportunity for participants: a comprehensive two-year training program designed to teach a valuable marketable craft and the necessary skills to launch a successful business.

Chief Langman rallied Skoonheid residents using text messaging to announce the introductory meeting. The next morning fifty people were organized and ready for the Oyetu presenters, Samuel Sheyanena and Laura Pond. Hopeful Skoonheid re...

[Read more...]

On April 25th the DRFN gathered stakeholders from multiple sectors for a collaborative meeting to outline goals and objectives in support of community management and development in Drimiopsis.  Belinda Thanises, project manager for LIPUS 4, organized the meeting to clarify duties and responsibilities - paving the way toward capacity building through strategic governance. 

As Drimiopsis moves closer to transition from resettlement farm to village it is important to emphasize collaboration.  The transition from dependency to self-sufficiency requires all stakeholders to embrace significant chang...

[Read more...]

PREVIOUS | NEXT