Friends for Africa Foundation

Board

Friends for Africa Foundation has a board in the Netherlands and by the end of 2022 also in Malawi. By then, the board will total 17 people. This is a fairly unique concept, which has many advantages. Meetings take place online almost every week, which keeps the lines of communication short and allows for quick changes. The board in the Netherlands consists of 8/9 members. Since 2021 there is a board in Malawi. They would like to introduce themselves to you.

Matthias van Lummel

Matthias van Lummel

Board member and PR

Matthias is resourceful, committed and directing person with great adaptability who perceives the world by making things happen and experiencing them. His preference for excitement and direct communication manifests itself in visible results. Matthias has been a board member since 2017 and actively participates in the work at Friends for Africa because he wants to invest his knowledge, skills and time in further developing his loved ones. His profile fits perfectly with Friends for Africa's ambitions, where every position is of great importance for the continuity of development work in Africa. The projects carried out and the results achieved make Matthias want to remain involved, because so much positive energy is released when you are working on the future for others and can really make a difference.

Rody Koelewijn

Rody Koelewijn

Board Member-Chairman

Rody is a fighter for the equal opportunities of every child. He has an eye for everyone on the board in both the Netherlands and Malawi. The Spakenburg-born chairman shows that governing is a matter of the heart and hands. Being a servant leader with a great passion for God is what he stands for. He does not go for short-term success, but as chairman he looks for structural solutions. Together with the team, they offer the inhabitants in Malawi the opportunity to develop, into founded and sustainable communities. According to him, education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.

Peter van Halteren

Peter van Halteren

Board Member

Peter is a true entrepreneur. He currently owns foundation company Sterk bv, which specializes in soil and water retaining structures. Sterk is also the reason why Peter came into contact with Friends for Africa. For many years the company has sponsored the foundation. After some years Peter became very curious about the work of Friends for Africa and he and his wife Marian went to see a number of projects. This visit grabbed them so much that Peter wanted to do more. He is currently an advisor on the board. He particularly values the self-reliance and self-reliance of the population. Accessible education and being able to grow your own food fits fantastically into this vision.

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Cees Hopman

Board Member

Besides "Friends for Africa," Cees was also involved in the founding of Heinen & Hopman and the Salor Group, which still requires a lot of time and energy. In the early days filled the position of treasurer which was taken over by Rick Heek in 2015. Many projects have been carried out for 'Friends for Africa', lately we have been involved in the new projects of the young board as ordinary board members without function. We hope to continue contributing to the projects to be carried out for many years to come.

Cees is not only involved with this foundation, partly due to his efforts at home and abroad, he will be in the Order of Orange-Nassau in mid-April 2022. As Foundation we are proud of this!

Ro-Ann Koelewijn-Koops

Ro-Ann Koelewijn-Koops

Board member, Projects fundraising Netherlands and Social Media

Ro-Ann is a woman with a big heart for children. Working as a teaching assistant, she cares for young children on a daily basis. She shows that safety and love are the basis for the healthy development of every child. A mother's heart for all children who come her way. In 2017, she traveled to Malawi with her husband, Rody Koelewijn, the president of Friends for Africa Foundation. She became moved by equal opportunities for every child. She is committed daily to fundraising in the region, because without income, there is no support for the children. She continues to hope and build for a better world. Every child makes a difference!

Evita Heek

Evita Heek

 Board member - Secretary and Social Media

Evita is an enthusiastic and driven board member. With her eye for detail and for her loved ones, her role within the foundation is secretary. She also puts all photos and videos of the contacts in Malawi on social media. In daily life, Evita is a teacher at a regular elementary school. Her motivation for volunteering within the foundation is therefore to be able to make a difference for children. Children are the future, and currently there is much inequality of opportunity within Malawi. The foundation makes education possible for children who previously had no school nearby. She finds those happy faces of children going to school for the first time priceless. This is what drives Evita to get involved with Friends for Africa.

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Hans Segers

Board Member

Hans Segers, born and raised in Rotterdam. Retired since 2016 after a working life in very many positions at the globally operating electrotechnical concern ABB and as entrepreneur/owner at KWx a trading company in electrotechnical material.
Married to Bernadette and to Feyenoord........
For years involved as a tutor at an elementary school in Rotterdam's deprived neighborhood of Katendrecht and since retirement involved with the food bank and an agricultural project in Uganda.
Also, city guide in Rotterdam and busy with exercise in the form of running, tennis, golf and cycling and then if there is some time travel to other cultures.
Through friends became involved with Friends for Africa and the school project in Bolera and since 2022 has been active as a booster of all PR activities for Friends for Africa.
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Jan-Gerard Koelewijn

Board Member

Jan Gerard Koelewijn, 67 years old and married to Corrie Hilhorst. Together we have 5 children and a total of 8 grandchildren of whom we are immensely proud. Our experience with Africa is limited to South Africa and Swaziland. Here we went on vacation in 2004 and that was a great experience. In addition to taking faraway trips to all corners of the world, we love bicycle vacations. We cycled from Spakenburg to Rome in 2017 a fantastic adventure. I also love soccer, golf, cycling and ice skating.

Jan Gerard is the owner of an architectural consulting firm and, in the past, a project manager with the National Building Agency. He has always had the idea of doing something for his neighbors in poorer parts of the world. This was difficult at the time because of his work and family situation. Now that he can relax a bit, the time is ripe to put these thoughts into action, so he thinks it would be a great challenge to manage the building projects in Malawi.

Jan Gerard gets a lot of energy from the way we make it possible to educate the children (the future of Malawi). The best method to change the mentality of these people over time is the key in this. With proper education and direction, hopefully, in time, they can look forward to a better future. The challenge now is to manage the building process well with the organization in Malawi and complete the construction of the primary school in Malawi in a good way...,

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Zeger van Halteren

Board member - Treasurer

I am Zeger van Halteren, 64 years old and married to Marianne Hilhorst. Together we have 6 children and at this writing, 11 grandchildren. In my working life I was financial director/co-owner of a construction company (Koelewijn Bouw) and of a steel construction company (Bodu Staalbouw). Since 2020 (semi) retired and currently doing some property development and management. My hobbies are golfing, cycling, (watching) soccer and we like to go out a lot with our motorhome. In the past I have held many administrative positions in various (sports) associations.

In 2021, I was approached by the Friends for Africa Foundation to become a budget administrator to build a school in Bolera, Malawi. I gladly answered this call. As of January 1, 2023, I have also succeeded Rick Heek as treasurer of the Friends for Africa Foundation and with this I hope to continue Rick's good work by giving structure to the foundation's finances and to be able to do my bit for God's work, to give the underprivileged in our society hope for a better education and thus a better future.

Their commitment is invaluable

OUR VOLUNTEERS

The Friends for Africa Foundation gratefully uses the efforts of many Volunteers. They are involved in many different activities. Volunteers dedicate themselves to guiding and carrying out activities in the broadest sense of the word. Their efforts are invaluable.

Volunteers often provide additional support that board members are not available for. Because of their experience and training, volunteers often have a great deal of expertise.

Responsibility and agreements

Volunteer

Friends for Africa Foundation has a board in the Netherlands and by the end of 2022 also in Malawi. By then, the board will total 17 people. This is a fairly unique concept, which has many advantages. Meetings take place online almost every week, which keeps the lines of communication short and allows for quick changes. The board in the Netherlands consists of 8/9 members. Since 2021 there is a board in Malawi. They would like to introduce themselves to you.

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Mission and Vision

General knowledge is the basis for development. Friends for Africa aims to increase the general knowledge of the young generation in Malawi by encouraging and funding quality education in both primary and secondary (technical) schools. Improving education increases people's level of knowledge. When this knowledge is increased, people are better able to cope in various situations.

Completely voluntary

Friends for Africa is foundation, founded in 2002 in Bunschoten-Spakenburg. The board members of the foundation receive no financial reward for their efforts. The aim is to use 100% of the donations to help Malawi. Friends for Africa is completely dependent on donations and their volunteers. Would you like to become a volunteer? Check out the opportunities and support Malawi.

A sustainable Malawi

Friends for Africa is helping to build a sustainable Malawi. As a foundation, we have placed the primary focus on education, working with you to significantly improve the level of education. We do this for example by building schools, supplying school materials, transferring knowledge and active participation in maintaining previously executed projects.