I am a 53 year old male from South Africa. As a young 19 year old in 1987 I spent the best part of the year manning a military base on the border of the then South West Africa and Angola as a field sapper in the then South African Defense Force.
Since the bush war ended, I vowed to one day go back to visit the base camp "Elundu" where I spent the best part of 1987. The camp has a huge sentimental value to me because it was there that I learned what a near death experience was, it was there that I saw people die, it was there that I learned what the horrors of war really were.
Unfortunately both life and the lack of finances have prevented me from realizing this dream.
In 2019 I was financially ruined and decided to take the last few thousand Rand I had and invested it into a bitcoin investment business which I had been doing my due diligence on for a few months. It looked very promising and returns were good.
By the end of 2020 I had done so well in this business that I had not only lived off the proceeds of my comparatively small investment but had managed to buy myself a vehicle suitable for the trip to Elundu and kit it out as well.
The trip was planned and my departure was scheduled for the 19th December 2021. Just a few days before my departure the owner of the investment business vanished without a trace and took everyone's bitcoin with him. Luckily for me I had withdrawn enough funds to pay for my trip so I decided to go any way knowing that I would return to a bank account basically on zero and no income at all.
As fate would have it, a technicality regarding my COVID test resulted in me being turned away from the border crossing into Namibia. See the youtube video here:
The result was a very enjoyable trip down the West Coast of South Africa but a dream still unfulfilled.
It has been six months and I am still trying to keep my head above water financially but have not given up on my dream.
With the current political situation in South Africa combined with the COVID pandemic and my current financial status I don't see things changing any time soon.
My decision is to do whatever I could to raise the funds to finance the trip and just to go. I am not getting any younger and the situation in South Africa is not getting any better. Who knows, I might never get the opportunity again.
So here I am, asking for your help to make it happen for me.
I really think that this is the only chance I have of ever realizing my dream.