Bonny Vainö Idhenga, BVIF Chairman
Bonny Vainö Idhenga is a well-travelled executive from an early age; our Founder Bonny learned the importance of struggle and sacrifice as a means to make life better for his nation. Bonny has a long history of serving his country, first in exile, sacrificing as a young man and was part of the liberation struggle that brought Independence to Namibia in 1990. He is the founder and Chairman of the Foundation. Bonny holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Pinar del Rio in Cuba. He further studied Diplomacy and International Relations at the Diplomatic School of Madrid, Spain and completed studies at Academy of European Law, Trier, Germany and also completed studies at the Mexican Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations, in the City of Mexico. This was only the start of Bonny’s long and prominent diplomatic career, where he learned that developing international relations was a means for enacting positive change. Bonny’s extensive experience in foreign relations has spanned 21 years.
About Bonny Idhenga
Having been called to serve his county internationally in Germany, Spain, Cuba, Portugal, Zimbabwe and 19 other countries representing Namibia in various capacities, his experiences have exposed him to the management of relational and financial complexity, as well as, having opened him up to vast business networks in those countries.
He has a brilliant financial mind and this profound knowledge of the financial world is seen as an asset to the Foundation. Bonny exemplifies a professional who has dedicated his life to service to country and service to vulnerable populations in Namibia. His philanthropic work includes, facilitating the construction of a Hospital for the San people in Tsumkue Constituency; strategic negotiations with “Hand in Hand for Africa e.V”, from Cologne, Germany, to donate over Euro 20 000.00 for life saving medical interventions for a needy child. Bonny also partnered with Sank Company (Ltd), an NGO from Switzerland, to spearhead the delivery of a 40 Feet Container containing more than 500 bicycles and other goods, which were donated to aid the San community in Ruacana and the surrounding areas.
Bonny also was instrumental in facilitating the donation of two lifesaving baby incubators to the tune of N$152 700.00 to Outapi District Hospital in partnership with Model Prayer Ministry, Hand in Hand for Africa and ErongoMed. These are just a few of Bonny’s accomplishment’s, all done as a means to provide assistance to vulnerable communities in his beloved Namibia. Following the numerous charitable activities and assistance provided in many different types and forms over the years, it was decided that a formal legal structure would be needed to continue and expand assistance to needy communities in Namibia. In this regard the registration of the Bonny Vainö Idhenga Foundation (BVIF) was then instituted.
BVIF was instituted with a vision to aid in the formation of a Namibia where all people hold the power to create opportunity for themselves and their communities, even those that are nomadic and live in the most remote areas. Through the registration of BVIF, a legal structure was then obtained that allowed for the organization to structure itself as a fully functional charitable institution and therefore leverage the skills, talents and abilities from a wide range of trustees and technical team members.
This process also allowed for BVIF to receive all kinds of charitable donations especially for the various targeted marginalized Himba communities and others. It also allowed for larger and more adaptable donations from international partners such as Hand-in-Hand for Africa. More information and visual documentation about our Founder Bonny Vainö Idhenga’s work can be found can be found in the following pictorials.
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Dr. med. Katri Elina Clemens, BVIF President
From 1997 to 2000, while completing her doctoral thesis in Bonn, Germany, researching the impact of tuberculosis in Namibia, Dr. med. Clemens travelled to Namibia on a regular basis. Soon after completing her Doctorate program, she received her license to practice medicine in the year 2000. Since 2002, she regularly holds lectures in palliative medicine at international venues around the world - focusing on building the capacity of local practitioners on providing patients with relief from the symptoms of pain, physical stress, and mental stress of serious illnesses. Because of her deep commitment to improved healthcare for both patients internationally, and in Namibia, she was appointed as the President of the Bonny Vainö Idhenga Foundation in 2015. She has been initiating, planning and organizing various national and international scientific congresses and in 2016, she established the International Academy of Palliative Care in Bonn.
Dan Pandeni Scott Idhenga, Vice President
Being the son of a Diplomat, Pandeni grew up in 8 different countries, receiving an international upbringing. Pandeni is a self-motivated student and active member of the Windhoek community. He has assisted in organizing several community service projects and has remained active in these projects while completing his International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at the Windhoek International School in 2015. Pandeni is a founding member of the Foundation, and is skilled in graphic design, as demonstrated through his design of the BVI Foundation’s logo. Currently Pandeni is pursuing his degree in Finance and Economics at the University of Massachusetts in the United States, with a goal of once he completes his education, he will have an increased capacity to serve the people of Namibia.
Naita Hishoono, Executive Director, Secretary
Naita is a trained journalist, having worked in broadcasting in both Germany and Namibia. She served as a senior producer for the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), in both it’s English and German language programs. Naita is also is a development professional, bring wide experience to the Foundation; having worked as Program Director and later as Executive Director for the Namibian Institute for Democracy. Currently she is a serve as Senior Project Officer for Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Namibia.Naita is a trained journalist, having worked in broadcasting in both Germany and Namibia. She served as a senior producer for the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), in both it’s English and German language programs. Naita is also is a development professional, bring wide experience to the Foundation; having worked as Program Director and later as Executive Director for the Namibian Institute for Democracy. Currently she is a serve as Senior Project Officer for Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Namibia.
Gerson Naruseb, Executive Director / Treasurer
After graduating from the University of Stellenbosch, Gerson went on to earn a diploma in Financial and Cost Accounting from Abington College in the UK. He comes to us with a broad range of professional achievements. He has worked for the Ministry of Finance and served as an accountant for Telecom Namibia. Furthermore, he is a board member of the Namibian Drilling Contractors Association. In his free time, he enjoys reading, watching television, being involved in community develop initiatives and farming.After graduating from the University of Stellenbosch, Gerson went on to earn a diploma in Financial and Cost Accounting from Abington College in the UK. He comes to us with a broad range of professional achievements. He has worked for the Ministry of Finance and served as an accountant for Telecom Namibia. Furthermore, he is a board member of the Namibian Drilling Contractors Association. In his free time, he enjoys reading, watching television, being involved in community develop initiatives and farming.
Maray Cordovi, Executive Director / Deputy Treasurer
Maray de la Caridad is a Pharmacist by profession. Maray obtained a degree in Pharmaceutical Science at the University of Camaguey in Cuba. Maray is employed at Katutura’s Intermediate Hospital as a Pharmacist since 2005. Maray is a de facto member of the technical team, and serves as the Deputy Treasurer for the foundation. Maray’s professional and personal life has been dedicated to ensuring for the well being of vulnerable people.
Brigadier General Theophilus Namupala, Executive Director / Administration
Theophilus is a decorated former soldier, serving both PLAN and SWAPO as an integral member of the Defence Forces responsible for liberating and gaining Namibia’s Independence. Theophilus is a natural born linguist, speaking no less than 6 languages, a skill that continues to serve him well, as it allows for effective international and national communication with various communities in and outside of Namibia. He is a Procurement and Administration professional, having received his degree from the University of Namibia in 2007.
Theophilus was appointed on an executive level to oversee all Foundation’s Administrative operations. He is a well-qualified and experienced business manager, with an impressive track record of success in various strategic roles. He is popular for being able to creatively design and implement unique interventions that ensure operational success. He has crucial experience with projects and project management that are essential to BVIF Foundation.
Brig-General Theophilus Namupala
Additionally, in both his professional and personal capacity, he is a skilled graphic artist, which has led him to design SWAPO posters, pamphlets, book covers, election campaign badges and t-shirts. These vast array of skills have led him to be a sought after professional who still finds time to serve the development needs of his fellow citizens in Namibia.
Brig-General T. Namupala graphical work