Selma’s motherhood – Windhoek Observer

Motherhood Namibia is a purpose-driven entity committed to providing comprehensive support, education and community to mothers.
Established in June 2022, our organization stands as a model of
empowerment, understanding and celebration of the diverse and transformative journey that is motherhood. We chat with the founder of the organization, Selma Bachler

Who is Selma Bachler?
Selma Bachler is an Oshindonga, a God-centered queen, born and raised in the village of Okapya in the northern part of Namibia. Ella is a mother, wife, professional and businesswoman who is passionate about empowering mothers through her Motherhood Namibia community.

How have your background and education influenced your personal and professional development?
My parents are the embodiment of hard work, compassion, and Christ-centered values. I believe that her teachings are the driving force behind the woman I have become today, both personally and professionally.

Academic achievements seem to be an important part of your journey. Was education always emphasized in his family?

Yes. I grew up in a modest, single-income household where my father worked and my mother stayed home to raise all of our 7 children. My parents did not have the privilege of finishing their school career. And because of that, it was always his dream to ensure that my siblings and I had access to education. Despite the circumstances, my parents worked hard to ensure that my siblings and I received the best education. His determination to lay a solid educational foundation enabled us all to attend high school/university in South Africa. My parents are very supportive and played a huge role in all of our career choices. They were also involved intentionally. My parents were the type to stay up with us during exam time. My mother often took entrepreneurial paths to help my father finance our educational dreams. They often joked about our “rustic old car” that they invested all their profits in our education. My parents’ sacrifices opened doors for me to thrive in my dream career and live an intentional and purposeful life.

How do you think your academic achievements have contributed to your current success?

When I think about success, I don’t associate it with my worldly academic or professional achievements. I consider myself “successful” because I walk boldly in my purpose, investing my life, time and resources in what I believe I was called to do: create a safe space for women. No academic achievement can be attributed to the pursuit of my life’s purpose.

Let’s talk about your initiative called “Motherhood”. How did the idea come about?
Motherhood Namibia was established after I became a mother during the COVID lockdown. Experiencing the power of community as an overwhelmed new mom, I was inspired to extend this experience to other moms. Through our community, moms connect with other moms, share notes, support and celebrate each other while receiving much-needed pampering.

Were you not afraid that there were many similar organizations in the country? What sets you apart?
Sure, there are many similar organizations in Namibia and even in the world. But I believe the Lord makes room for what he has called you to do, whether you are the first or the hundredth person to take that similar path. While these organizations may all be based on the same central theme (motherhood), each one will be as unique as its founder, as I believe that our beliefs, our passion and our knowledge are what set us apart. of others.

Your mission is to create a space where every mother can find a sense of belonging, regardless of her background or circumstances. What does that mean?
It speaks to the fact that while motherhood (for many women) is one of the greatest gifts, it is equally one of the most difficult roles to navigate. All of our respective journeys, experiences, and circumstances of motherhood are completely different; However, as human beings first and mothers second, we are also “more equal than different.”
This is in the sense that we all long to be heard, to have a day off, to be celebrated, to be encouraged, to be loved. Motherhood Namibia aims to create a space where women can receive everything they need through encouragement, sharing of wisdom and experiences. Since then, Mom’s Day Off was born: a welcoming space where all mothers feel comfortable, regardless of their background, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or parenting style. Our events offer mothers the opportunity to relax and recharge from the daily demands of parenthood, fostering a sense of well-being that contributes to their overall sense of belonging.

What is your personal opinion on motherhood in Namibia?
Motherhood Namibia in my opinion/eyes is a seed that was implanted in my being 3 years ago when I became a mother. After years of procrastinating, I finally found the courage to pay attention to his
I call and am amazed by their growth and impact on the lives of mothers and children.
Namibian mothers deserve all the support we can offer them. Through Motherhood Namibia, we aim to create a space where they can connect, share experiences and access resources. This can make a significant difference in your travels. Additionally, I firmly believe that embracing your communities is crucial for mothers. Motherhood can sometimes be isolating, and having a network of supportive women can provide invaluable help and ease the burden they carry. By working together, mothers can build a stronger support system and thrive in their roles.

You organized your first event last year. You can tell us about it.
We were delighted to host our first event last year, on May 13, 2023. As you can see, it is always the eve of Mother’s Day. There is no better way to celebrate and honor motherhood. It was a great success and the positive response confirmed the great need within our community for a space dedicated to mothers. The event offered a mix of inspiring talks, panel discussions and opportunities to connect with other moms. The atmosphere was incredibly positive and supportive, and the feedback from attendees was phenomenal. The success of our first event has fueled our passion to continue providing this vital platform for Namibian mothers and it has now become an annual event. We are excited to build on this momentum and host even more impactful events in the future.

How was the attendance and how was the event received?
More than 260 women attended the event, from different backgrounds, and some who had traveled from out of town to witness the journey to celebrate motherhood.

He is hosting his second event this year. What can women expect?
This year’s event promises to be a captivating experience offering:
• Inspiring talks and discussions led by Ms. Basetsana Kumalo and Hopolang Phororo.
• Panel discussions with several local speakers such as Pauline Tomas-Kahupi.
• Opportunities to connect with other mothers.
• An opportunity to relax and unwind from the daily demands of motherhood.
• A musical performance to add to the celebratory atmosphere.

What makes this event different from last year?
This year’s “Moms Day Off Event” promises to be bigger and better. We have a new lineup of inspiring speakers, talented entrepreneurs showcasing their businesses, and several organizations with positions that align with the journey of motherhood. I don’t want to reveal too much. But the biggest difference lies in our theme: “Imperfectly Perfect.” This theme recognizes the realities of motherhood: the joys, the challenges, and everything in between. We believe this resonates deeply with moms and creates a space where they can feel comfortable sharing their authentic experiences, without judgment. Speakers and events will relate to this theme, offering encouragement, support and practical advice for navigating the beautiful complexities of motherhood.

There has been criticism that his organization invited keynote speakers from outside Namibia. What is your opinion on that?
We listen to feedback about our keynote speaker. It is important for us to be responsive to our community and we appreciate suggestions. In some cases, we may invite international speakers who bring a unique perspective or specific knowledge relevant to our topic. This allows us to offer a comprehensive program that caters to diverse interests within the Namibian mother community. It is also true that the majority of our event speakers, MCs, service providers and the entire event team will be talented Namibian women. We are incredibly proud to showcase your experience and contributions.

Events of this nature come at a cost. Has the corporate fraternity been supportive?
It was a challenge at first as it was a new initiative that had not been carried out in Namibia, which unfortunately prevented me from taking off within the planned year. However, we are incredibly lucky to have received fantastic support from the corporate community after launching our first event last year. We are especially grateful to FNB Namibia, our main sponsor for the second year in a row. Your generous support is crucial to making this event possible. We would also like to express our sincere thanks to our other sponsors including Coca-Cola, Pupkewitz Motor Division, Gondwana Lodges, Fresh FM, Season Travel and Tours and Annabelle’s Sparkling Wines. Your contributions, both financial and logistical, are invaluable in making this event a reality.

How can women who want to attend the Maternity event contact you?
For moms interested in attending the Motherhood Namibia event, tickets are conveniently available on Webtickets! Additionally, we are actively seeking talented mompreneurs to showcase their businesses at the event. If you are a motherpreneur interested in exhibitor opportunities, feel free to contact Motherhood Namibia directly on Instagram (@motherhoodnamibia)