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Our frequently asked questions

It may be that some things are not yet completely clear to you. For this reason, we have prepared the most common questions for you below. Is your question not listed? Please contact us!

About Friends for Africa

Jaap Offringa, former board member and also founder of the Foundation, first came into contact with Malawi in early 2000. For his work done for the missionary committee from the Reformed Church in Bunschoten, he came into contact with development activities in Malawi. During a visit to Malawi, Jaap came into contact with Dr. Bram Sizoo, medical director of Mulanje Mission Hospital, who shared his experiences about the miserable conditions in Malawi, socially and economically. Once back in the Netherlands, Jaap, together with his wife Ali, decided to establish a foundation to provide support and help.

We as a foundation have put the primary focus on education, working with you to start improving the level of education significantly. Such as building schools, providing school materials, transferring knowledge and active participation in maintenance.

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Yes, Friends for Africa Foundation meets the requirements set by the Dutch tax authorities for a "General Purpose Institution," or ANBI. The application for the CBF seal of approval is currently underway.
This approval is important because, as a donor, you can only deduct donations from taxes if an organization meets ANBI requirements. It also means that we do not have to pay gift and/or inheritance tax on the gifts and inheritances we receive. So everything actually benefits our work for children in Malawi.

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We depend entirely on donations. This means that individuals and companies support us financially and this enables us to carry out our work. Fundraising is therefore an important part of our work, and we use social media and our website, among other things, for this purpose. Are you already following us on Facebook?

No. All donations are charged to the projects. In addition, an ANBI may not make a profit from activities that serve the public interest. In addition, the board receives no financial reward for their efforts. For this reason, 100% of the donations are used for aid in Malawi. The foundation helps to build a sustainable Malawi, and aims from its Christian identity to stand up for its neighbors.
Yes, the directors receive no remuneration for their work and work 100% voluntarily.
Because you too can make the difference! Malawi is one of the top 3 poorest countries in the world. More than 65% of the population lives below the poverty line. Due to the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, the average age expectancy is about 55 years. Of the 21.2 million population (in 2021), there are an estimated 2.5 million orphans, many of whom have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. In addition, most of the population does not live in (near) major cities and has virtually no access to education. With every donation, you help directly.
Results with impact and sustainability. In our current project, 1,500 students a day will receive education. This results in fewer illiterates, fewer disadvantages and better job opportunities, which in turn contributes to boosting the local economy.

Donating to Friends for Africa

You can do so as a donor in 4 different ways:

  1. Weekly via a SEPA mandate;
  2. Monthly via SEPA authorization;
  3. Annual donation, by invoice;
  4. One-time via:
    a. IDEAL;
    b. Credit Card.
We communicate quarterly through our newsletter and also post monthly news items or projects on our website. We also post weekly on Facebook and Instagram.

We are sorry to hear that you want to cancel your membership. Of course, you are always free to freeze your membership temporarily in order to restart later. This can be done by sending an e-mail to info@vriendenvoorafrika.nl.

We love to hear this! Donations can be made through our donation page or can be transferred directly by bank transfer to NL32 RABO 0312 4356 06 in the name of Stichting Vrienden voor Afrika.

This can be done via the website on our donation page or by bank transfer to NL32 RABO 0312 4356 06 in the name of Foundation Friends for Africa

Donating to Friends for Africa for businesses

You certainly can, you can choose to receive an invoice for this which you can use to enjoy the tax benefits. You can contact us by phone or send an e-mail to info@vriendenvoorafrika.nl.

At Friends For Africa Foundation you can also donate anonymously. This can be done by making a bank transfer (NL32 RABO 0312 4356 06 t.n.v. Stichting Vrienden voor Afrika), so not through the website or contacting us at info@vriendenvoorafrika.nl

Yes, for this you can just use our donation tool. Please do use https://www.rabobank.nl/particulieren/betalen/service/betalen-en-opnemen/bic-swift-iban/ to fill in the correct details.

We organize a symposium or other similar event every two years where we thank the sponsors for their support and share the results achieved there. We also connect sponsors with each other during the event.


You can volunteer to help Friends for Africa carry out events and activities, such as:

  • Door-to-door collection;
  • Devise, plan and execute (major) actions;
  • Online campaigns, such as share & like promotions;
  • Educate about development work at schools and other public events;
  • Organization and support in projects.

Currently, about 25+ people are working to achieve our goals.

Our volunteers are all people with passion and love for people. It is important that you have energy, patience and a good portion of perseverance. When you join as a volunteer, we take your personal qualities and ambitions into account as much as possible and, above all, we have fun.

What you get in return for your work as a volunteer is priceless! Working with us as a volunteer means a lot of fun and a lot of learning; about children but also about yourself. You can translate these experiences to your daily living, learning or working situation.


When you make a one-time donation, you can do so anonymously, but when carrying out the donation (membership) we record personal data such as name, address, place of residence, e-mail address. We provide your data only to parties that perform services for our foundation, such as printers for printing acceptgiro's and labels and banks for processing direct debit mandates, and only those data necessary for the relevant processing. All information entrusted to us will be treated confidentially by us and by our suppliers.

Your e-mail address will only be used, with your permission, to send information concerning our foundation such as newsletters about started and completed projects.

Your data will be used only for the purposes for which it was obtained.