Marlice van Vuuren, one of Namibia's most well known conservationists, and her husband Dr. Rudie van Vuuren started N/a'an ku sê Foundation in 2006 with two aims – to protect and conserve Namibia's vulnerable wildlife and to improve the lives of the marginalised San Bushman community.
We now run several projects including:
1. Wildlife Sanctuary for orphaned and injured animals
2. Carnivore Conservation Research Project to protect and conserve wild cheetah, leopard and brown hyena
3. Clever Cubs School and free education for San children
4. Lifeline Clinic and medical outreach for the San community
Through each of our projects, N/a'an ku sê provides an important source of employment and accommodation to several Bushman families. The San are considered to be the oldest culture in the world and are traditionally hunter-gatherers. They have been forced from their original lands, which are increasingly being used for grazing cattle, leaving the San unable to survive in their traditional lifestyle. N/a'an ku sê is committed to improving the lives of the San community and giving the next generation a brighter future through education, healthcare and better living conditions.
We have built up trust, respect and a credible reputation amongst the San community, local farmers,worldwide conservationists, government officials as well as the general public in Namibia. We have also received international recognition for the work we are doing from global companies, celebrities and award bodies. We are a small but dedicated team - ambitious and innovative and we won't ever stop until we achieve our vision.
We do not receive any government funding and are solely reliant on generous donations and the time of volunteers to continue our vital work to help the people and animals of Namibia.