The Ju/Hoansi Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert, Namibia, correctly called the San, are the first people of Southern Africa and practice one of the oldest cultures in the world and the famous “click” language. For thousands of years the Bushmen have survived as hunter and gatherers. Unfortunately, this is changing as there is very small number of wild animals left, and the Bushmen are set on the line of absolute poverty and hunger.
The Pilgrim Relief Society is a non-profit, charitable organization that is dedicated to improve the quality of life for indigenous peoples in remote areas of our planet. For 12 years they have been working with the the Ju/Hoansi Bushmen, in Kalahari Desert, Namibia, with numerous projects to address a diversity of local needs. Solar powered water systems, medical equipment for local hospitals, educational materials for local schools, support for local wildlife and environmental management and other projects have sought to address the multiple challenges of the Bushmen’s present situation.
Summer 2008 I had the privilege to take part of Pilgrim's work and stay with the Bushmen. They are I people that I truly admire.