Kalahari Peoples Network
Kalahari Peoples Network is a project of, and strongly linked to, the Kalahari Peoples Fund. It is designed to be just that bit in advance of a change that is rapidly taking place in even the most remote rural communities. High-speed connections are being installed and gradually improved. People speaking San languages are working on computers, communicating and learning through them. The Internet has arrived.
Launched in late July, 2008, the site has already proved to be a focus of interest. But this is just the beginning. It will take time to build confidence and skills in new writers. It will take time to collect and collate material that is currently stored all over the world, all over the web. So view this, please, as a starting point. We welcome contributions from anyone with an item of news, a photograph to share, a point to raise, a link to their own website to publicise; a story to tell. To submit a new item to KPN, please email us at: , or vist our website:
Central Kalahari Game Reserve Support
KPF is one of a large group of non-governmental and quasi-governmental organizations, both in Southern Africa and outside of it, that concern themselves with the troubled situation of the G/wi and G//ana Bushmen and other peoples of Botswana's Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR). KPF's role within this important grouping has been to provide factual information for legal actions taken on behalf of the peoples of the CKGR--before and after the recent landmark success of their suit to be allowed to return to the reserve.
Nyae Nyae Village Schools Project: Alternative Mother-Tongue Education
KPF was the principal founder of the well-known Nyae Nyae Village Schools Project in Namibia. This project provides for the Ju/'hoan San a genunely alternative challenge to the authoritative national school system they had tried and refused. Twenty years ago KPF provided expertise in Ju/'hoansi, a click language of the Kalahari, and knowledge of the Ju/'hoan Bushmen (San) communities to respond to these people's request for a literate form of their language and appropriate schooling to go with it. At present, two subsequent classes of local teachers have been trained to teach the Ju/'hoan language to students in grades 1-4. This project provides a bridge to the English while teaching and respecting traditional knowledge, and has been a pilot for other such projects in Africa.
Community Water and Resource Development
KPF has provided major funding and consultation to a group of projects in Namibia and Botswana that fall under the heading of Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM). Funding has supported borehole drilling so that water and land rights coud be established; geneological work and land use mapping to support land claims; local community development liaison officers to consult for and monitor collective action projects; the provision of professional environmental information to support sustainable development; and the protection of community water supplies against elephant depradation.
Kalahari Healing Narratives, Folklore and Oral History
KPF has been asked to provide training so that the San and other peoples of the Kalahari can themselves produce texts and visual materials for their community schools and archives. To fulfill this request, KPF members who are professional linguists and anthropologists are calling on over three decades of informed knowledge of the languages and traditions of these peoples. Computer literacy and training in digital recording technology began in 2001 and will continue for as long as there is a community desire for this assistence. Construction has begun on a high speed internet connection in Nyae Nyae, Namibia to facilitate materials produciton, archiving and access. To read more about folklore and oral history, please visit our Resources page.
For almost 40 years, KPF's projects have been carried out with the volunteer labor of professional anthropologists, linguists, educators and writers. Though our overhead costs are minimal, KPF relies on your donations for the administrative expenses necessary to support all of our projects. We appreciate your help!