I am pleased to be able to share this Rössing Foundation 2015 Annual Report with our friends and partners.
This year we celebrate the 37th anniversary of our work as a foundation. We are extremely proud of all that we have achieved thus far in collaboration with our partners, while also of course being mindful of the great challenges that still lie ahead of us.
To meet those challenges, we must be responsible stewards of the financial resources with which we have been entrusted. This Annual Report has been designed to give you a clear and accurate picture of our ongoing efforts to honour that stewardship.
The Rössing Foundation manages and maintains the three education centres that it built in the coastal towns of Arandis and Swakopmund (Erongo Region) and in Ondangwa in the Oshana Region of northern Namibia. These education centres fulfil a vital role in their respective communities; they have become gathering places for many learners and teachers for the pursuit of learning in Mathematics, English and the Sciences.
We are proud that in its small way, the Foundation can make a real difference to people’s lives by being the conduit for individual advancement in education.
The Foundation also supports local small and medium enterprises to grow their businesses and improve their knowledge of business practices and the markets they serve, as well as enhancing their financial literacy.
To all our outstanding partners across Namibia, I extend my deepest thanks for your invaluable support – financial or otherwise. I would also like to thank the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and all employees for their hard work and dedication and for executing their tasks in a professional manner.
As incoming Chairperson, it is my privilege to take stewardship of the legacy of this institution, and to help shape its future. With a deep respect for the individuals who do the actual hard work of making Namibia a better place, I commit myself to the responsibility, rigour, and humility that this task requires.
Board of Trustees of the Rössing Foundation