"Pour survivre, les Himbas doivent avoir les pieds enracinés dans leurs traditions et les voix qui portent jusqu’aux grands pays au-delà de la grande mer..."

Kovahimba, l'association ayant pour but d'aider les Himbas, peuple nomade de Namibie


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The association


Kovahimba Association, which means “With the Himbas”, was created on 26th of June 2006 right after the shooting of the documentary “Rendez-vous en terre inconnue” (French TV programme) for which the French comedian Muriel Robin went to Namibia to meet the Himbas.

Kovahimba aims to accompany the minorities of North-West Namibia (Hakaonas, Tjimbas, Twas, Zembas) in their knowledge of the outside world so that they may gradually take charge of themselves.

Kovahimba’s projects only make sense if they come as an answer to their demand.

Kovahimba’s main goals:

  • to maintain conditions allowing nomadic husbandry.
  • to create an organisation that gives the Himbas and the Herero minorities abilities to control tourist flows, to care about tourists, and to set up activities from which they could legitimately gain some benefits.
  • to allow them to be respected in their own country and get a legal recognition from the Namibian government.
  • to collect information of their different cultures (legends, tales, songs, traditions ...) in order to share all of them with future generations .
  • to develop new projects, in accordance with communities’ demands, in order to emphasise their creativity and heritage.


Les statuts ont été déposés le 26 juin 2006 à la Préfecture de Police de Paris sous le numéro d’enregistrement 00176613P. La déclaration de l’association a été publiée au Journal Officiel du 5 août 2006, n° d’annonce 1047. 
Le siège social de l’association est domicilié 11 rue Ferdinand Gambon, 75020 Paris. L’association est inscrite au répertoire national des entreprises et de leurs établissements sous le n° SIRET : 493 809 081 00026  Code APE : 9499Z
The office : 

- President: Jean-Marie THIEDEY. A former director of association, he is now responsible for education in the association “Handy et Manchu”. He graduated from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in adult-training and support of project. He is also the associate-editor for the development of the project.

- Treasurer: Arnaud MALLAT-DESMORTIERS, manager.

- Secretary general: Catherine JEUDY, press officer.

- Association representative: Solenn BARDET, geographer, writer. She met the Himbas for the very first time in 1993 when she was 18. In 2007, the Himba leaders appointed her as their representative.

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