"With education you can change the world!"

Nelson Mandela

SunshineUp Kids Home


SunshineUP Kids is a European nonprofit association based in Spain and was created to provide children from poverty backgrounds and from disrupted families with a warm bed, a clean home and a good level of education. We give them the opportunity of a future, so they will not leave school and will have the option to attend university all in the pursuit of feeling self-respect, leading a decent life and contributing to the development of their society. These clever and amazing boys and girls are truly happy in the home of SunshineUP... a name they chose themselves. We help them develop self-confidence and trust, as many of them have had difficult childhoods and come from challenging conditions.


Extreme poverty, unemployment, frustration and alcohol abuse, violence and abandonment... this is what many children in poor townships grow up with. Public schools in poverty-stricken neighborhoods cannot guarantee quality education to any child, given the large number of children per class. In severe cases, the lack of parental guidance, family support or stimulation results in youths leaving high school – particularly the girls. Teenage pregnancies are very common and young children take on the responsibility of caring for their siblings, meaning the end of any opportunity for an education or the perspective of a better future. With your contribution, we can help them to socialize and integrate in a normal environment, assist in the search for the right school, and apply for scholarships.


Due to the extreme poverty rate and social problems in the country, public health contributions are limited; therefore, we also provide the medical aid they need as the children all suffer developmental delay, gastrointestinal diseases and respiratory problems.


We have had some success stories about girls who entered universities, like Koviao. She is an excellent role model for other children in this world of how to overcome poverty through education, a very touching story. She is currently studying environmental biology at the University of Namibia.

“Coming from a background like mine, getting an education was almost impossible. Elizabeth took me out of the township school and brought me to a better one. Now I am 18 and I am studying environmental biology at the University of Namibia. This has been my dream, I feel like if I have hit the jackpot”, Koviao


Elizabeth, a caring Namibian woman who elevated herself from poverty, is the “mother” to them all. She has embraced this now 8 children in her home and cares for the kids every day in all they needs.

“I hereby encourage you to participate with me on this life-changing path. Share your knowledge, your creativity and psychology on a hands-on project and see the fruits of your contribution. These kids are hungry to experience environmental outings, camping, baking, and just to be taken care of. You are more than welcome to stay for as long as you like to assist us. In Africa we teach our children the importance of the elders and their wisdom, and respect as well as a warm, humble and friendly home is guaranteed in return. It is a highly satisfactory experience for both, those who give and those who receive.” –Elizabeth de Beer

It is extremely difficult for a woman alone in an African country to bring to fruition a project like this, helping children like we do, with so many organizational, administrative and financial difficulties. This is why we need your help!


EMBRACE children from disadvantaged backgrounds in the home, providing them the care and medical attention they need.

HELP them trust and feel secure again after hard childhood experiences.

EDUCATE AND SCHOOL THEM. We help them integrate into a normal social environment and provide the necessary teaching to prepare them well for school.

HELP WOMEN with small children in need, providing them with ingredients and materials to do their handcrafts, which they sell to survive, or helping them build better homes.

SUPPORT DAY CARE CENTERS in poor neighbourhoods, supplying diapers, food, clothes and toys.

ORGANIZE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES for anyone wishing to collaborate in the home! We encourage you to visit SunshineUP and bring your help!



To all donors: we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! With your contributions the smallest children could enroll in Kindergarden to prepare for later schooling and Elizabeth was able to give them a special Christmas meal! The initial success of our initiative encourages us to continue! As you can imagine, we need to continue donating: the most important contribution we can make is to ensure continuity, so the children can confidently continue with their education, receive a warm meal every day and be cared for. Elizabeth needs our support to grant all this to the 8 children she has embraced in SunshineUP!


Regular donations enable security and planning. We do not wish to associate them to a specific child as the food, medical, and clothing needs are variable. We consider it more effective to allocate donations according to the different needs and projects of the home, so that all can be covered equally and fairly. Therefore, each week we reach an agreement with Elizabeth regarding the destination of the funds and together we review the progress of the various projects. The Association administrates and controls the finances.
Each euro or dollar that reaches regularly SunshineUP ensures the lives of those children and their future.

To make a regular donation, click here:

WHAT`S NEW - Current and future projects!

Each contribution helps us to carry out projects such as the urgent addition of another room to the house. At the moment, children share beds and some sleep on a mattress on the floor; clothes are kept in boxes in the garage. There are also some urgent repairs to be made. We need your help for this!

New room for the children!

Activities for children

Building better homes


In our newsletter, we are happy to provide regular updates about the achievements of SunshineUP, the progress of the children, important events in their lives and news about various projects, as well as to share some facts about Namibia.



DONATIONS go in their entirety to covering the expenses of the Home and to the projects detailed above. Through the Association’s PayPal account, donations are transferred directly to where they are needed, to pay school fees, food and medicines for the children, electricity and water. Whenever possible, contributions will also help women in need and daycare centers.
Based on daily communication between the directors of the Association and Elizabeth, we guarantee the effective and transparent destination of all donations.


You can easily make a secure donation, even if you do not have your own PayPal account. There are two ways to do it:
1. A one-time donation in any amount, using your credit card or your PayPal account
2. If you decide to give a regular donation, which would be the best to support the children, you have different options. Choose the one which suits you best! If you don’t have a PayPal account, you can set up a regular donation through the Association’s bank account. It is as secure as shopping online! Banking details are protected at all times.



If you do not wish to use PayPal, you can donate via standard bank transfer to the Association’s bank account:
IBAN ES3601821967910201628499 en la entidad BBVA


Selma Simanenka Benjameni

Selma, 36, camp manager in private  Namibian touristic company, has broken through traditional Owambo social structure and promotes education for women.

“For me to be part of this incredible project it is incredibly rewarding  that focuses on driving change and helping to improve the lives of others. I also find that working with children provides you with the opportunity to develop a new purpose each day. Nothing is going to come easy, but there is nothing more gratifying than breaking through to a child and seeing them have that “ah ha” moment that you've both been striving towards. The other thing that I value most is education and exposing children to the world of knowledge through school and proper education and good role models. Education serves everyone, young and adult, and it helps to eradicate various social evils that prevail in our society - like poverty - and gives women better future chances." 

Elena Schumacher

In the last 12 years I've travelled to diverse African countries and I always end up visiting Namibia. This country fascinates me, not only because of the incredible landscapes and wildlife, but especially their people. Thanks to my video production hobby I could get in deeper touch with endangered ethnic groups like the San or the Himba and I have produced small documentary films about them and showed them in my exhibitions and conferences.
Along the years I have made good friends in Namibia and I have learned about their social challenges, remnants of the Apartheid system.
In one of my visits I met Elizabeth by chance (or not?), and that was the start of it all. Her selfless dedication to taking care of and educating 8 children in her home, coming from poverty herself, not only impressed me but showed me that I had found a way to help effectively in the important goal of education. As a mother of two students, I also value education highly. This is why I created this aid initiative, to give others the possibility, in a direct, legal and transparent way, to support those children, elevate them out of poverty and violence, and give them the chance of an education and a better future.
This task is a big challenge, but also a source of gratitude and joy.

Heike Lenz

In 2016 I travelled through Namibia with my family for the first time. We engaged in a tour with a small Namibian tourism agency, Afridesk. Elizabeth, the manager, invited us to her home and we noticed that she not only ran a small local business but also had embraced in her home 8 children coming from very disadvantaged backgrounds or even neglected by their families. The stories of each child impressed us and Elizabeth explained the social problems in her country: the high unemployment rates and alcohol abuse among adults in the poor townships.
Elizabeth is the mother these children all rely on, a woman who came from poverty herself, and who decided not to ignore the situation of those minors but to actively support them get a good education. We shared family activities with the kids and they all played together naturally, with no fear or prejudice. It was an enriching experience for all of us. We were also impressed with how well they spoke German and English. Since then we have remained in touch with Elizabeth, who we trust entirely.

Theresa Bordallo & Sonia Prats

SONIA PRATS: Sonia was born in Barcelona but left the city 20 years ago and became established as an osteopath in the Pyrinees. She travels to Africa to volunteer at a rural hospital in Ruanda whenever she has the chance. One of her jobs there is to assist the African women, who, supported by a religious congregation, learn to produce handcrafts to survive after having been rejected by their own communities as “impure”. Also a mother of two, her experience leads her to value education above all else, especially in Africa. This is her motivation to actively participate in SunshineUP, with its focus on education.

THERESA BORDALLO: As an expert lawyer with her own law office, she engages especially in cases involving women, child abuse and family rights. She has three children, the youngest adopted in Ethiopia. It is a blessing for the Association to count on her knowledge and advice.

Romy Umbreit

The 5th year law and global governance student wrote her Baccalaureate final work about the Post-Apartheid Education in South Africa and Namibia. Her interest and knowledge were based on several family trips to the region. Her dedication to equal rights motivated her to enroll as a board member of the Association, contributing the vision and ideals of her generation.

Jürgen Putz

Jürgen is a successful entrepreneur from Germany. Now often living in Barcelona, he has a degree in business administration and is involved in the association's accounting and financial audits. Since his first trips to Africa over 10 years ago, the aura of this continent has fascinated him. He is passionate about photography and has shown Africa from its most diverse sides in various exhibitions.

Association SunshineUP Kids Home

Avinguda Rocaferrera 26
08392 Sant Andreu de Llavaneres
Barcelona, España
NIF G01884816

Bank account number for donations:
ES36 0182 1967 9102 0162 8499
BIZUM +34635292985


Elena Schumacher Mora