Namibia

Namibia is located in Southern Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and South AfricaEven though the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa has had some congregations in Namibia for many years, it was only after independence in 1990 that the first North American UCC and Disciples missionaries were assigned to the country. The focal points of UCC and Disciples support have been strengthening congregational ministries and ecumenical development. Our ecumenical partner in Namibia is the Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN).

Pray for: The HIV/AIDS education ministries of the Council of Churches in Namibia.

Population (2014 est) – 2,198,406
Area – 512,200mi
Capital – Windhoek

Ethnic Background 

  • Black - 87.5% 
  • White - 6% 
  • Mixed - 6.5%

**note - about 50% of the population belong to the Ovambo tribe and 9% to the Kavangos tribe; other ethnic groups include Herero 7%, Damara 7%, Nama 5%, Caprivian  4%, Bushmen 3%, Baster 2%, Tswana 0.5%

Exports - diamonds, copper, gold, zinc, lead, uranium; cattle, white fish and mollusks
Imports – foodstuffs, petroleum products and fuel, machinery and equipment, chemicals

Life Expectancy (2014 est) – M 52, F 51
Infant Mortality (2014 est) - 45.64 deaths/1,000 live births
Adult Illiteracy Rate – 11.2%

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