Sport, at its best, provides an equal playing ground for human achievement.

Yet, in many places this cannot be achieved for the simple reason of funding, both for the training facility and the training itself.

“A permanent gymnastics facility for all children no matter their background.”  That is the goal of the DRGF. Simple in its idea, yet it requires an intense ambition and dedication on the part of the DRGF to achieve.  It also requires support by those with similar ideals - a love for sport, and a desire to see equality and fairness for all.  Together we can create a place for children to grow their potential as both an athlete and a well-rounded, healthy human being.
 

Building a Dream: Brick by Brick, Child by Child

 
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About Us

Dongina Risser is passionate about gymnastics and has spent most of her adult life coaching and judging gymnastics on all levels, she started out teaching her own kids and carries on now with the grandchildren. The enthusiasm for gymnastics in Swakopmund has always been there, but proper equipment and adequate space have never been available. Dongina is about ready to retire from coaching, but before she goes, she wants to leave a lasting contribution to the sport she loves and provide future generations, of all economic backgrounds, with the best training facility in the country.

With this lofty goal in mind, Dongina pulled together friends and family who have the same passion for gymnastics and who would also like to make a difference in a meaningful and lasting way to create the Dongina Risser Gymnastics Foundation. Final paperwork to set up the Foundation as a trust was signed in early August 2010.  
 

Our Goals

1. To promote gymnastics and its benefits by raising the funds necessary to do so and spending those funds raised to achieve the goals and objectives of the foundation.
2.  To provide ongoing support for development, improvement  and support of  gymnastics training mainly along the Namibian coast, but also countrywide, when possible.
3.  To provide funding and support for underprivileged children.
4.  To establish and maintain links to national and international gymnastics and sports related bodies pursuing similar goals and objectives of the trust.

 

Our Projects

It Starts With the Will to Make a Difference

 
Emile & Jocelynn National Trophy Winners

"Adopt-A-Gymnast" Program

The DRGF believes that every child should have the chance to participate in gymnastics no matter their socio-economic background in Namibia. 

Container Houses

Help our DRGF children live, study and play in a safe environment – their own container bedroom!

Talented Gymnast Assistance

This future program will offer a financial assistance stream to talented gymnasts of any background.  Unlike the Adopt-a-Gymnast program which focuses on the underprivileged child, whether talented or not, this program will target those children who show enormous potential to go far in representing Namibia on the highest levels.  

 
Our Friends
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since 2010

Donagena Jones - since 2010

Mitra Herwani-Wittmann - since 2011

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since 2010

Britta Laws - since 2010

Brigitte Jurgenowski - since 2012

Horst & Hanna Stork - since 2012

Family Weatherly - since 2012

Margret Moenig Raane - since 2013

Harald Mezger - since 2015

Anne Laue - since 2017

Family Stamberger - since 2017

Family Buchnitzki - since 2017

Norbert & Gabi Grammel - since 2018

Family Bachofner - since 2018

Sascha Woltering - since 2018

Mirela Jurisic - since 2019

Lisa Engels - since 2019

Jochen Brosche - since 2018

Bernd Jäger - since 2019

Jurgen & Ute Rubenbauer - since 2019

Kimberly McCain - since 2019

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Elsie & Asia

Elsie & Asia

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Donagene Jones is one of our biggest supporters and friend

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German Donation Action

Jochen & Sascha made a poster to help collect funds in Germany.

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Container house

Container after windows and doors where added. Waiting for a coat of paint and roof.

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Leotards

Leotards

We have received a lot of leotards that help the children here in Namibia.

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These are made of recycled shopping bags from the ladies in the informal settlement to generate income for their families.

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International GYMNIX

We recieved this wonderful donation of leotards from Anne-Maud Jan Viau Directrice Générale / CEO of International GYMNIX.

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Container House

This was made by Cowboys here in Swakopmund

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Emile Pitt

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Emile won gold as a Junior at African Championships in Swakopmund in 2018

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Photo taken at Youth Africa Games in Algeria in 2018. He won Gold on Vault and Silver on Floor.

Dona & Friends

Dona & Friends

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Grips donated by our friends in Oklahoma

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Contact Us

P.O. Box 1166, Swakopmund, 13001, Namibia

WhatsApp: +264 81 124 9177 (Dongina)

WhatsApp: +264 81 128 4373 (Dione)

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