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Mt. Etjo School and Scholarship Program

Mount Etjo is a safari lodge located in the Kalkveld area of Namibia.  The safari lodge is very dear to the Bell Family. During the Bell’s first visit to Africa in 2009, Amy Bell and her mother Ellen visited the Mount Etjo lodge where they took what would become the first of many game drives during their future trips to Africa.  The Mount Etjo School, located at the Mount Etjo Safari Lodge, was established over 30 years ago by Annette Oelofse and her late husband Jan. Since Jan’s passing in October, 2012, Annette, her son Alex and daughter-in-law Carola and the entire Jan Oelofse Safaris family have continued to provide the funding to make available this full time educational opportunity in this remote area of Namibia.  This school provides daily educational opportunities and wholesome meals for the children of the staff of Mount Etjo Safari Lodge as well as the other children who live in this remote area of Central Namibia. 

Ellen and Larry Bell have joined with the Oelofse family in an effort to provide some additional funding for the Mount Etjo School and its programs.  The goal of this partnership is to draw attention to the incredible work the Oelofse family is doing in their area by transforming the lives of children and their families through education.  Ellen and Larry have also joined with the Oelofse’s by funding the Amy Bell Memorial Scholarship program for a special student to continue their education at a nearby boarding school and throughout a tertiary study program. They are also helping with financial support of other selected projects in at the Mount Etjo School with the goal of enhancing the educational opportunities for all the children at the school. 

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1 years ago

Amy Bell Charities

Ms. Barbara Anna “Pays It Forward” during her recent trip to Jan Oelofse Safaris in Namibia.

Barbara, in coordination with Ms. Annette Oelofse and the staff at Mount Ejto Safari lodge, delivered some much needed jackets to the children at the Mount Etjo School. Most of the children have to walk to school or, if available, catch a ride in open jeeps on these freezing cold mornings. Remember, it’s winter time in most of sub-Saharan Africa and the nights and mornings are often at or below freezing in these desert mountain locations. You can see by the smiles on the faces of the children how much they appreciate this very generous gift. Amy Bell Charities and the SCI Foundation Bell Family Blue Bag program wants to express our most sincere thanks to Barbara for choosing to “Pay It Forward” to those less fortunate.

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Ms. Barbara Anna “Pays It Forward” during her recent trip to Jan Oelofse Safaris in Namibia. 

Barbara, in coordination with Ms. Annette Oelofse and the staff at Mount Ejto Safari lodge, delivered some much needed jackets to the children at the Mount Etjo School.  Most of the children have to walk to school or, if available, catch a ride in open jeeps on these freezing cold mornings.  Remember, it’s winter time in most of sub-Saharan Africa and the nights and mornings are often at or below freezing in these desert mountain locations.  You can see by the smiles on the faces of the children how much they appreciate this very generous gift. Amy Bell Charities and the SCI Foundation Bell Family Blue Bag program wants to express our most sincere thanks to Barbara for choosing to “Pay It Forward” to those less fortunate.

Ellen Bell, Matthew C. Bell, Brian R Bell, Amy Bell, Patty Curnutte, Annette Oelofse
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2 years ago

Amy Bell Charities

Ellen Bell and Larry J Bell are thrilled to introduce these four wonderful young people as recipients of the Amy Bell Charities Memorial Scholarships for Namibia. Issabella Karungu is a first year student at the University of Windhoek. Frankieman and Issakar are both in grade 7-8 in middle school. Albertina is now advancing through grades 11-12. During a recent trip to Namibia the Bells had the chance to meet and spend time with each of these young people and their parents.
The students and parents alike are very familiar with the Amy Bell legacy of love and devotion to young people and her commitment to "love your neighbor". Each student personally expressed their sincere commitment to "Paying It Forward" throughout their lives in honor of Amy and in thanksgiving for this opportunity to make life better for themselves and for their families.
All of these students earned excellent marks while attending the Mount Etjo School (Grades 1-6) in Kalkfeld Namibia. They were each identified as potential recipients of the Amy Bell Memorial Scholarship for their outstanding scholastic achievement and their compassion for others. Our sincere thanks to Annette Oelofse, her son Alex Oelofse and his wife Carola Oelofse for their assistance and support in helping Amy Bell Charities with the administration of this scholarship fund. Without their help and guidance this endeavor would not be possible.
These scholarship grants provide each of these students with not only their school fees but also includes resources to pay for their hostel fees, book allowances and their uniform fees. Each of these young people are sons and daughters of staff members of the Mount Etjo Safari Lodge. These parents are very active in the lives of their children and they are so very grateful that their children have been given this opportunity to continue their education.
We wish each of them our very best as they pursue their education. We also pray for God's mercy and protection for them as they pursue these educational opportunities away from the safety and security of their homes at Mount Etjo.

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Good afternoon uncle Larry and aunt Bell how are you doing am awesome am Issabella. My apology for taking this long to get in touch with you there has been network problems at my hostel.

Awesome!

Amy's beautiful legacy continues! I know she is smiling down on you, Larry and Ellen, and on these students.

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