Living Museum of the Ovahimba
Since July 2010 the LCFN supports a group of Ovahimba, 10 km west of the "Himba Capital" Opuwo with the development of a Living Museum". In the scope of this projects is the financial difficulties the Ovahimba are facing in Namibia.
Normally Ovahimba visited by tourists are not paid. Under the pretence of not wanting to spoil the culture with money payment is made in by giving sugar, tobacco, maize meal and other good to the traditional villages. This is the current practice and is accepted and implemented by all tour operators in Namibia. A favoured argument is that the Ovahimba are prevented from buying alcohol if not paid with money. That the Ovahimba after receiving their payment in kind sometimes barter a bag of maize meal for a crate of beer is hardly ever taken into consideration.