"Pour survivre, les Himbas doivent avoir les pieds enracinés dans leurs traditions et les voix qui portent jusqu’aux grands pays au-delà de la grande mer..."

Kovahimba, l'association ayant pour but d'aider les Himbas, peuple nomade de Namibie


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The cultural centre project

A cultural centre near the Baboon Rock (Kaokoland)


Only some fifteen years ago, the Himbas discovered the vast world dominated by western values and practices.

They realised that they could not remain isolated for fear of domination or even disappearance.

They remain mostly attached to their land, their nomadic life as breeders and their traditions. However, they have become an object of interest and studyfor filmmakers, travellers and tourists to an extent that the fragile equilibrium of the region may be threatened.

From these intrusive experiences which are often disrespectful of the people and their way of life, the communities have got nothing but a few bribes.

Often considered “under-developed” by their Namibian fellow countrymen, some of them feel ashamed of their identity. What a paradox when images and films praising in particular “the wild beauty of the ochre people” are circulated all over the world, never failing to fascinate the West.


What is the project about?

For those 30,000 to 40,000 people, protecting and promoting the value of their culture have become a major challenge for their economic and political future.

Building a cultural centre is one way to meet the challenge and it will take into account all the Northern-Namibia Herero minorities.

As all Kovahimba projects, this one was decided by the minorities.

The project is supported by the National Museum of Natural History of Paris (MNHN) and the Research Centre for Development, whose researchers will be available for the project, and especially Fabienne Galangau Querat, museologist, lecturer and designer of the amazing Great Evolution Gallery (MNHN). 

For more information: Click here to download the report.

Kovahimba Association is looking for funds to carry out this project!

Do you want to help us and take part in this project? Become donator, partner or sponsor!


Indeed, the first crucial stage of this project is the drilling of a bore and the creation of a campsite near Baboon Rock.

The latter will be managed by the Himbas. It will be the perfect place to welcome tourists and propose innovative activities fostering genuine exchanges.

Please help us to make this project become reality and go to our website page: DONATE




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