Caring for vulnerable children in the Netherlands, Kenya, India and Colombia
The Hilverda Foundation was established in 2009, with the aim of supporting vulnerable children in countries where the Royal Hilverda Group is active. We support educational projects. By helping underprivileged children complete an education, we put them in a position to find paid employment later and then support their own communities. We keep in touch with all our projects, so it is always clear how our donations are spent.
We’ve been focussing on projects in Kenya recently, where, for example, a number of orphans have had their secondary school and further education paid for. After a vulnerable start in life, these children have been able to complete courses in areas such as education, nursing, and marketing. They’re now ready for the labour market.
Funding was also provided to build dormitories at a secondary school which, aside from providing education, aims to promote peaceful coexistence among the three different tribes in the region. We will, of course, continue to care for sponsored children in Kenya. We’re also always looking for other small-scale projects that deserve our support.
RISE Trust, Migori, South-West Kenya
In Migori, we’re currently helping eight orphans (Jared, Harizon, Jane, Esther, Jackline, Mercy, Irine, Okal) attend school. We’re in regular contact with Eunita Majiwa, who cares for and works with the children locally. The children live at her home, and with the donations she receives, these children can complete their primary and secondary school education and a further education of their choice.
This requires tuition fees (enrolment fee), as well as books, school uniforms, and sometimes accommodation if a college or university is a long distance from Migori. Eunita provides regular information on the progress of the children and young people, such as school reports and financial statements to account for the expenditures. Recently, during the COVID-19 crisis, our foundation made an additional donation so that books and computers could be purchased for home study.
Since January 2023, the Hilverda Foundation has been supporting a new student in Kenya: Faith! Faith is 16 years old and has had to change schools several times for various reasons. Her parents have died and she now lives with relatives, who also have other children to take care of and have insufficient financial means to send Faith to a suitable school. Because Faith is a bit shy, she has always needed some time to get used to her new schools and this has negatively affected her results. Nevertheless, she is very motivated to continue learning so that she can take good care of herself in the future. Because the Hilverda Foundation will support her financially in the coming years, she can hopefully continue her school career in a stable situation at a school where she feels at home. We wish Faith a beautiful and carefree school time!
India and Colombia
We recently entered into partnerships with foundations in India and Colombia, so we can also provide financial support for children in these countries to go to school.
Sufficient financial resources are needed to keep these projects running, which is why, in addition to maintaining contact with the contact people around the projects already running, we’re also making efforts to recruit new sponsors.
Stichting Kindia Foundation, Tamil Nadu, South India
Stichting Children of Medellin Foundation, Medellin, Colombia
Through this foundation, we’re sponsoring eight children (Leider, Astrid, Amilklar, Josué, Stefania, Ana Cristina, Yiseth en Jacqueline) to attend school starting in December 2020. These children have been known to the foundation for some time, and have shown themselves to be motivated to follow education and extracurricular activities in recent years. Our contact person for this foundation is Sabine Bouwmeester, a local employee. More information on the great work of this foundation can be found at www.straatkinderenmedellin.com.
Since 2023, we annually support six Dutch children (three children in primary education and three children in secondary education) through Stichting Studiezalen, an organization that gives children the space to learn and develop. Because poverty is also growing in the Netherlands and with it inequality of opportunity. We believe that every child deserves to be able to get the best out of themselves and to be given space and guidance to do so. The poverty that these children face is not only a lack of money, it is also a poverty of vocabulary and experience. These children are seen at the locations of Stichting Studiezalen and doors are opened to new worlds. In addition to a financial contribution, the Hilverda Foundation is therefore also working with Stichting Studiezalen on a substantive collaboration, whereby we can introduce children to subsidiaries such as HilverdaFlorist and offer work to gain experience. Read more about Stichting Studiezalen at: https://studiezalen.com.