Good for the Environment, Good for the Community, Good for You!

Recycling and Upcycling Projects for Namibia: LOCAL COMMUNITIES MAKING GOOD BY DOING GOOD

“The generation that destroys the environment is not the generation that pays the price. That is the problem.”

Wangari Maathai (1940 – 2011), Kenyan environmental activist and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner

‘Good for Namibia!’ is an informal umbrella support body that I launched in 2019 with the aim of assisting Namibian pilot projects in utilising waste materials to generate income. Underpinning my (voluntary) work is the philosophy of supporting local enterprises to create a circular economy and reduce the country’s reliance on newly manufactured, imported goods: ‘local is lekker’ as it’s known colloquially. Follow my news of innovative income-generating environmental projects designed and run by Namibians in Windhoek. I hope to keep you regularly updated with news of their progress.

Marisa (‘Mel’) Kelly

I am originally from Manchester, England, and worked in wild animal husbandry at London Zoo and then as a veterinary nurse before subsequently studying film theory prior to moving to Namibia in 1998. I now work as an editor and writer and was for a number of years a regular contributor of columns on social, environmental, cultural and economic issues for The Namibian newspaper.

My short stories set in Africa have appeared online and in November 2022 nine were published as A BED ON BRICKS by Modjaji Books of Cape Town.

The Namibian

Short stories (The Kalahari Review website and Modjaji Books):

To contact me about possible work or further general information about the ‘Good for Namibia!’ projects :

Unless otherwise indicated all photographs are © Mel Kelly. Reasonable use for non-commercial purposes permitted with attribution.

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