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Emergency Help for Family Kunwar, Kathmandu, Nepal
By the earthquake the family Kunwar, who live just out of Kathmandu, have suffered severe damage. I want to help them. Please, help with a donation (on the 'Ecard' page you find the possibilty to pay and please indicate 'Family Kunwar' on your payment)!
For Americans: You find several charities here that I visited or am well acquanted with in another way. But if you want to select a charity in an easy, quick way, just click here: www.greatnonprofits.org, choose one and mention it on your payment such that, that charity will be supported.
In the spotlights:
Every month a project is put 'in the spotlights':we focus on it and give more information.
This month: South Africa Projects, Al Noor child care and educational centre and Iliso Care Society, Cape Town, South Africa.
Who wants to live in a shanty town? Nobody! In Kayelitsha live more than 2 million people. People have to see to survive with high unemployment rates and a lot of crime. People drink and fight as they are too close on each other and have no provisions, no good accomodation. Children 'pay the bill', so to say. Al Noor and Iliso Care Society, care. They take the children in in their homes and give them a better life. After some time they are being brought back into society to reintegrate.
Africa is poor and we say it is their fault, but people can't get rich as they are obliged to their family and friends. Social bonds are very tight and keep people in the community. Individualism like we know in the west, doesn't exist. As such, 'Ubuntu' is still daily practise.
For more information, see: www.spza.org
The projects below are all located in the Third World, but the foundations that support those projects are nearly all established in Holland or Belgium. This to assure the money that is destined to them, really gets on the spot and will be used properly. These projects / foundations are:
Poor of the Ghats, Jabalpur, India
Ghats are holy steps at a river in India. The Indians worship their gods there. At the steps there are many beggars. They live of charity. With my friend Ganesh I made a start of a project there to help them. Funds lack though and I hope to find a big sponsor to support this idea. Are you the one or do you know someone? Thanks for letting us know! Hans vd Sande (Project of Foundation Effort for Charities)
Hivos is a Dutch non-governmental organisation inspired by humanistic values. Together with local organisations in developing countries, Hivos seeks to contribute to a free, fair and sustainable world in which citizens - women and men - have equal access to the resources and opportunities for their development. And where they can actively and equally participate in decision-making processes that determine their lives, their society and their future.
For more information, see: www.hivos.nl
A project proposed by Hivos is Viafrica. Foundation Viafrica supports educational organisations in Africa with the use and management of ICT. They offer direct support to organisations in the South, but do also cooperate with other development organisations.
- Take place in sub Sahara Africa.
- Have an ICT component
- Have an educational component.
- Are economically realizable (substainable)
- Demand an active role of the applicant
- Have measurable results
- Use, where possible Open Source Software.
Computers and internet are important because information is always the beginning of something.
For more information, see: www.viafrica.org
Another project is: Young in Prison. Foundation Young in Prison (YIP) dedicates itself to improve the situation of youthly prisoners in countries where the detention situations are very bad. Development and rehabilitation of the youngsters is the main goal. For more information, see:www.younginprison.nl
Besides this, several smaller organisations and projects can be supported:
Artists (Centre Soleil d'Afrique, Mali)
The ecards of the section 'Art Ecards Africa' are made by artists of the 'Centre Soleil d'Afrique' in Mali. This centre wants to promote an independant art development as also the exchange between artists in Africa, Europe, Latin America and Asia. See: www.soleildafrique.org (in French)
This centre will be supported by the foundation.
The other artists who have put their work at disposal of the foundation, are: Marianne Severin (Mandala's), www.mandarianne.nl Gerda Jonker (Art Ecards1) www.jonkk.demon.nl, Twan de Vos (Art Ecards2) www.twandevos.nl, Danielle Davidson (Art Ecards3) www.danielle-davidson.com and of the South American art, the Argentine Guillermo Bekes, www.guillermobekes.ar.com (in Spanish)
The foto ecards are of Willian and Petra Draisma, www.willianenpetra.nl
..... (themakaarten, eigen werk)
There are also three drawings of children of the Nyabondo Rehabilitation Centre in Kenia that serve as ecard. The foundation supports the centre (see below).
The Nyabondo Rehabilitation Centre
The Nyabondo Rehabilitation Centre is a centre for disabled children in Kenia. It is part of a district centre that consists of a hospital, several schools and a market where people who live on the countryside, sell their goods. The centre lies on the hills, at about 70 km. of Kisumu, a city in the south west of Kenia. The centre was started by the Dutch mission father Leo Bartels. Today African Francescan sisters are in charge.
When the children arrive in the centre they are first operated by the Flying Docters. After that they have to rehabilitate. They get an artificial leg, a wheelchair, one or two handles. There are children of all ages.
The centre provides the disabled boys and girls scholing such that later, they can earn themselves a living. There is a workshop where there are made all kinds of utensils like table-mats, bags, dinner-trays etc. These are woven with banana-leaves. There is also a workshop where artificial legs, handles and wheelchairs are made and repared and a sew workshop where typically African dresses are made.
When the pupils have finished the scholing with succes, they get a job somewhere outside the centre. When they acquire enough 'capital', they can start a business or a shop.
The teachers are disabled themselves too and the centre took care of them before.
There is also a computer section where they can get computer lessons. The person responsible for the computer section is Edwin Oluoch, whose life story is told on another part of the website. He is also disabled but despite that he finished universitary studies. Computers and internet are important for them because it means an opening to the world: despite fysical restrictions they can communicate over small and great distances.
Foundation Effort for Charities supports the Nyabondo Rehabilitation Centre by the Foundation Bondo Kids. For more information, see: www.bondokids.nl (click on English flag)
Several ecards are made by children of the centre.
Mrs. Wijst-Mulder lost her two legs in her youth. Now she dedicates the last part of her life to the care of disabled children in Kisumu, Kenia. In her house she has 11 disabled and/or orphaned children. They need surgery, physiotherapy and artificial and support expedients. Until now she paid a lot herself. Help is very hard needed now though. The project develops a number of economic activities to become independant in the future:
The cultivation of Spirulina, a species of alga. Spirulina is used as a nutritional supplement and for the teatment of wounds. They use the Spirulina for themselves and for sale.
The breeding of chickens for own consumption and for sale.
The growing of vegetables for own consumption and for sale.
The breeding of silk-worms for sale to silk-factories.
For the time being though they need help.
The Sigoti Girls Complex Centre Project
The Sigoti Complex Centre is an educational and agricultural centre situated on the Nyabondo plateau in the Nyando district inside the province Nyanza in western Kenia.
It was initiated by the present-day coordinator Mr. Augustine Mumma Odongo. He was the motor and the stimulator behind the idea and its realisation.
The countryside development centre is an example for the wider surroundings. It consists of a kindergarten, primary school, a secondary girl school with also a possibility for further studies in agriculture and IT. Also is there a school of domestic economy connected to a bakery. The centre is based on the model of Starehe Boys School in Nairobi, which helps orphaned boys already for 45 years. The Sigoti Girls Complex became in 1999 a sisterproject of Starehe.
The project has such a financial system that parents with more means pay for those who have less or no means at all.
Mr. Augustine Mumma Odongo followed the example of the deceased father Leo Bartels from Venlo, Holland. He started the Nyabondo Rehabilitation Centre and the Nyabondo Complex Projects which consist of a day school, a girl school, a secondary school, hospital and a nurses training centre and a catholic church.
Jo An Beekhuis is the contactperson for this project. She stayed several times with Mr. Augustine Mumma Odongo and for that reason knows the project well. Together with her the initiator of the foundation, Hans v.d. Sande, visited the project. The project is then supported directly and not by an organisation. In the beginning it will be small amounts of money.
In addition the Complex Centre manages the Angogorema Ramogi Sigoti Communal Arts Centre that is situated on the edge of the plateau and has as such a splendid view.
Family Dona Conceicao de Rosa
Dona Conceicao de Rosa is a woman of 75 years old and has, as she puts it, 54 children. Two of them are her own children. They live together in Pelotas, a town in southern Brasil. Dona Conceicao married when she was 15 years old. When she was 22 she became a widow though. Soon after that she started to take care of children and made of her house a home for children. Even if her house was small and of simply wood. Many of the children who now live with her were put at her door. Nine of the children need special care because they are physically or mentally disabled. Dona Conceicao has a minimum wage of 100 dollar a month. To feed, clothe and let the children have an education she depends on the goodness of others. She says about this: "We live of gifts and of what others have as surplus, of them who have more". And she emphasises: "This is no orphans home, it is our home, where I live with my children". Hereby she shows proudly the documents of the children who bear her name.
Two women help her in the household. The older children take care of the younger, and in that way, it works... All the children who have the age to go to school, do so. She says to this: "They have to study. I talk a lot with them; it's the study that will give them a place in the world." Happily she has friends and they help her as well as possible. They know her life, her past. There is even a children's doctor who helps them free of charge.
Nevertheless there is a lot coming short and regularly there is no food, nothing for hygiene, cleaning, no clothes, no shoes. In addition to that she often hasn't got the money to pay the electricity and water bills, which are high.
The money donated to Dona Conceicao goes directly to her and her children. There is no bureaucracy and the money doesn't just 'disappear'.
WWCF (World Wide Children Farms)
WWCF is an organisation that sets up children farms in Third World countries. Countries where there have already been realised children farms are Cambodja, Sri Lanka and South Africa. The idea of WWCF is that also children in the Third World need a sound and nice climate to grow up healthy, such that they can function better, later, when they are adult. Sometimes they are children who have suffered in war situations and are traumatised. The organisation is established in Rotterdam.
Annie Computer Centre, Tanzania
The Annie Computer Centre is established in Ifakara, Tanzania. The Annie Computer Centre teaches computer skills to poor people such that they manage to work with this new form of communication. As such it enables people to fulfill all kinds of functions or to get started as an independant entrepreneur. Also there are given English classes to be better able to use the computers.
The main goal of the centre is:
- To teach computer knowledge to people.
- To supply internet access such that also poor people can communicate worldwide. Internet isn't very widely spread in Third World countries like Tanzania and it is hard for many poor people to make use of it.
It is the wish of the centre to:
- increase the number of computers from 5 to 20 so that the students don't have to share a computer.
- rent a big house for the use of a girl student home because people sometimes come from far to study.
- make the centre international to reach more poor people and supply them with access to this new form of communication.
- to establish different departments of the Annie Computer Centre in different poor African countries to spread in this way internet and computer knowledge.
Foundation 'Close the Gap'
The Foundation 'Close the Gap's goal is to diminish the internet gap between the North and the South. Herefor it collects computers mostly from enterprises and brings them over to Africa. Big numbers of computers are still necessary. Herefor many finances are needed. Your cards help to this. Foundation 'Close the Gap' is establishes in Brussels. For more information, see: www.closethegap.be
Stro: Social Trade Organization
Stro, Social Trade Organization, is a Dutch intellectual centre for economic alternatives of a general kind. They bring their ideas in practice in projects in Third World countries. They supply micro loans. The idea is that the money stays in the same system and doesn't 'flee away' to the North. In Brasil there are several of these projects/experiments. Foundation Effort for Charities supports these. Micro loans have shown to be an effective means for development. For more information, see: www.socialtrade.org
Habitat for Humanity Guatemala
Habitat for Humanity Guatemala is a non-profit organization that helps low income families improve their housing conditions by building homes and housing colonies, improving existing houses, and offering improved stoves, water filters and basic sanitation services.
About 1.6 million families, or approximately 8 million people, lack adequate shelter in Guatemala. Habitat works to provide these families the opportunity to realize their dream of a better house.
Habitat for Humanity Guatemalas mission is to work together with God and diverse people from around the world to develop communities with those in need by building, adding to, or improving houses so that every person lives in adequate housing and experiences the love of God.
Habitat Guatemalas vision is that all of the people in Guatemala inhabit a dignified house.
For more information, see: www.habitatguate.org
Living Heart Peru
Living Heart is a registered Peruvian charity and official UK Charity supporting remote, impoverished highland communities above the Sacred Valley in Peru. Our challenge is to continue to support over 2,500 vulnerable children, abandoned elderly, women and men to help provide a better quality of life & a brighter future. Our ambition is to help more people in such communities.
Every year, Living Heart spends $40,000 on its nutrition project alone!
For more information, see: www.livingheartperu.org
Foundation Santosa, Sri Lanka
The Santosa Foundation was founded back in 1994 and provides help in various ways to some of the poorest families and children of Sri Lanka. Santosa means welfare, happiness.
To give an idea of the costs:
1200 euros / month for food assistance. The foundation has 50 applications for food assistance that they can't respond to.
A house of brick costs 6000 euros, a house of wood, 3000 euros, a house of palm leaves 500 euros. Many people need a house.
For more information, see: www.santosa.nl
International Animal Rescue
Saving animals around the world
At International Animal Rescue we do exactly what our name says, we save animals from suffering around the world.
We cut free and care for dancing bears in India, rescue primates from animal traffickers in Indonesia and treat stray dogs and cats in developing countries. Wherever we can, we return rehabilitated animals to the wild but, if that's not possible, we give them a safe haven for life. We rely entirely on donations from the public to fund our work. Without your support we are powerless: with it, we can make a world of difference to the lives of animals in desperate need.
I (Hans vd Sande, founder of Foundation Effort for Charities), visited an animal rescue centre of International Animal Rescue in Goa, India. I got a very good impression there: they do much good work to reduce animal suffering.
For more information, see: www.iar.org.uk
Selection of the projects
The organisations that have been selected to be supported, are selected because the initiator visited them himself, knew them by articles in newspapers or heard of them of others. Do you know of a good project, mail then to: