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On the edge of the Kalahari Desert in eastern Namibia there is a settlement in the Epikuro region. This settlement is home to many San. The San people are those who have graced the planet for more than 30,000 years. It is one of the oldest cultures on earth. This hunter-gatherer tribe, known as bushman in Africa, roamed the African plains with the animals and the seasons. Due to government mandated modernization programs, the San have been relegated to only farming for survival. These communities notoriously face economic disadvantage and are discriminated against throughout the country. These gentle people, with their unique click language, are cared for at the Lifeline Clinic in Epikuro. Dr. Marx’s time at Lifeline and the outreach clinics in the region were some of the most profound moments of her life as a physician to date. She feels intimately connected to the people and the region to this day. A part of her heart was left in the Namibian desert with a little boy named Toby, an orphan whom Dr. Marx now sponsors. Toby is growing up under the watchful eyes of the clinic nurse, Sister Anna.
To learn more about the Lifeline Clinic or sponsor a child visit https://naankuse.com/support-communities/clinic/