| Jun 19, 2023
Our campaign is up and running!
New ambulance should look like this one!
Our campaign is up and running!
News from the Help Buy Ambulance project.
As you may know this appeal has only just started. We are very thankful to all our donors who gave during the Little by Little campaign in April when raised a total of £335 in 5 days. Since then we received a very handsome donation of £4270 bringing our total so far to £4650. We continue to fundraise and will raise awareness of the project by taking part in the next Little by Little campaign from September 18th – 22nd . I will keep you up to date with our activities and progress in due course and our next report.
Your contribution makes a difference in a person’s life in fact it could help save it!
Our charity has been up and running for 35 years! Here some background information we hope you will find interesting!
On May 13th we held a party to celebrate 35 years of the Charity “Kinderhulp Afrika”.
35 years ago...some history of our charity
35 years ago, Mathijs Piet received a phone call from Canada. A Ugandan choir of young children with their teachers and escorts were travelling through North America, singing and raising money for their school. Their visas were about to expire but the children could not return to Uganda as war had broken out..
Mathijs did not hesitate and, together with others, he did everything possible to get the children to the Netherlands. The children were given shelter, received support and education from their teachers. The choir continued giving concerts in the Netherlands to raise awareness of their plight. But the story it didn't stop there in fact it had only just begun…
Hearts were touched by the enormous need in Uganda. A step of faith was taken and 25 hectares of land in Namugongo was purchased. A building was erected with dormitories and a classroom to accommodate the thirty orphans.
It started as a dream. Now 35 years later, a preschool, a primary school, a secondary school, a vocational school and a clinic are located on the same site. It has become a vibrant bustling campus. More than a 1000 children live there! They are cared for and more importantly they receive a good education, giving them a chance of a better future! Our Motto: “From Hopeless to Hopeful.”
After 35 years, Mathijs Piet stepped down from his position of Chairman of the board of directors at Kinderhulp Afrika and handed over his baton to Xander Rijken. We are very thankful to Mathijs and his wife Willemijn for all they have done for these vulnerable children. They really have gone beyond the call of duty.
Anniversary celebrations... one big party!
We look back on a wonderful day and are very grateful that we were able to celebrate 35 years of Kinderhulp Afrika with more than 200 many people. We are also grateful for many people who are involved with the children in Uganda and in Europe! Sponsor parents, friends, volunteers... they (you) all make a difference in a child's life!
During the festive day there was an auction, all kinds of products and activities were sold. One of the board of directors, Vincent, cycled no less than a 100 kilometers on stage during the ceremony and raised more than €600! His wife sold several of her paintings raising over € 500. All in all we raised an amazing amount of € 11,000 which means we can continue to investing in the children! Thanks to everyone who contributed to this.
During the ceremony the mayor of Aalsmeer had a totally unexpected surprise for Mathijs Piet. He was decorated 10 years earlier becoming a member of the Order of Oranje Nassau, but he had to hand in this accolade as he was awarded a Knighthood! Earlier this year another board member, Arjan van der Kraan, was also recognised for 25 years faithful service, and decorated in the Kings honours list becoming a member the Order of Oranje Nassau.
We hope you have enjoyed reading this short update and will look out for our regular updates from Help Buy Ambulance and upgrade clinic and save lives!
Thank you for your support and continued interest for our work in Uganda. We would be grateful if you can help us by sharing the link and telling your friends about the work we are doing and all that we are achieving in Uganda. You can visit our website for more information and regular updates: https://www.kinderhulp-afrika.nl/en/
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office via the website or myself personally, firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you.
Happy faces of the children returning to school!
Marianne painting during the celebrations.
Vincents cycling marathon!
Mathijs handing Xander the chairman's hammer.
Jill selling African gifts.