We had another busy day back in Windhoek. We started the morning with a second visit to the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to secure our permit for filming in Bwabwata National Park, which is where we will be for the next 5 days. We decided to walk back from the Ministry as opposed to taking a cab to see some more of the city by foot. Having spent a decent bit of time in Windhoek now, we made it back no problem, which was a really awesome feeling to know a city well enough for that. After a quick stop back at the Cardboard Box, we departed for the Van Rhyn Primary School in Windhoek where we met up with Donovan Wagner and colleagues Ina and Stephan from Eloolo Permaculture. We had been connected to Donovan via Dr. Zimmerman at Namibia Polytechnic University, a contact that we had made (with much thanks to Katherine Carter, an Elon alum working at the Polytechnic as well) when we were here back in June. Dr Zimmerman has been a phenomenal resource and we are so grateful for all of his knowledge and insight.
Our afternoon with Donovan, Ina, and Stephan was nothing short of inspiring. Their small team of 4 (them and one additional member who we didn't meet today) have been working at the Van Rhyn School since June establishing a garden to help educate and engage the students in topics like food security and permaculture. The amount of work they have accomplished in the short six month period together is incredible, and we were fortunate enough to see it first hand today. And to top it all off, they have been doing all of this for free in order to benefit the students and the community. The amount of passion and joy that Donovan, Ina, and Stephan conveyed reminded us again why we are doing this project and how meaningful this documentary is to us, and will hopefully be to the people of Namibia. We had wonderful interviews with all three (and even two students that are part of the gardening club who wanted to join in too). Eloolo Permaculture is in the final stages of securing NGO status and we are so looking forward to hearing more about their continued success.