OYO is one of the few organisations in Namibia that is allowed to work with offenders in correctional facilities around the sensitive issue of HIV. It has worked with over 600 offenders, encouraging them to know their status. Together with offenders, it has written the DVD ‘Salute’ (2017) that challenges the non-distribution of condoms in correctional facilities.
Since 2017 OYO is embarking on a series of activities to address the problematic issue of traditional child marriage – over 5400 children are married in Namibia. Together with one of the affected communities, it has produced a DVD that aims at educating parents and sensitising law makers.
During 2015-2016, this project aimed at promoting the cultural identities of the San children and combat cultural discrimination in school in the Omaheke and Ohangwena regions of Namibia. The OYO Dance Troupe presented performances on cultural discrimination, in particular the repertoire of ‘The Bin Boy’. The troupe toured 12 schools in the Ohangwena region and reached 3969 children. 10 schools were reached in the Omaheke region and this represented 4966 children. Also, the launching the San Friendly competition took place. Task one was to have San children teaching non San children a cultural dance. Task two, was to paint boards with messages of friendship and respect for the San culture. In the Omaheke region, Vergenog Primary School scooped first place. Helena Primary School and Dr Fisher Primary School took second and third place respectively. In the Ohangwena region Wangushu Combined School won first place, the runner up was Malangu Primary School and Omukukutu Combined School won third place. An official prize giving ceremony took place on 08 November 2016 for Vergenog Primary School, and on 10 November for Wangushu Combined School.