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What does Friends for Africa Foundation do?

The Friends for Africa Foundation is a charitable organization that cares for the broad population in Malawi, with a focus on children. We want to give these people a hopeful future and believe we can make a real difference.

We offer the children a safe environment and provide them with quality education so that they can have a promising future in society. We want to see the children grow up to be healthy responsible adults who can provide for themselves and face a sustainable future.

Quality teaching starts with the basics

What is required for good education in Malawi?

Good education begins with a curriculum and experienced teachers. In the Netherlands, we are used to quality education which is tested in different ways and framed by level. This is different in Malawi, where the curriculum is very varied and availability of teachers is a challenge. From our expertise we lay the foundation for providing education in areas where this is not yet the case. We always do this with the consent and dedication of stakeholders in Malawi. For example, in our most recent project we worked together with the local population to build an elementary school that will be able to educate 1,500 children in its final phase. To realize this, we provide:

  • Water pumps;

  • Sports field;

  • Inventory for the classrooms;

  • Library;

  • Solar panels;

  • Teacher housing;

  • School Materials.

Our working method

How does the Friends for Africa Foundation work?

Together with the stakeholders in Malawi, we map out the requirements and create a vision plan. From this vision plan, we arrive at a concrete plan of action for the construction of a school building. This plan consists of a large number of activities, such as project management, procurement management and risk management. The plan is not solely in our hands, but is a common document that is widely used. Every stakeholder is aware of the content and gives their commitment. In this way we ensure that the plan, the execution, the aftercare and the exploitation are all controlled in the coming years.

Our working method

Is Friends for Africa Foundation a recognized charity?

ANBI registration Friends for Africa

Friends for Africa is a recognized charity with an ANBI registration. This means that we have a number of obligations with regard to providing documents. For more information we refer you to the page about our ANBI registration.

CBF registration Friends for Africa

At the moment, Friends for Africa is working to get CBF registration completed as well. Again, we have some obligations and need to share documentation online. We are not quite there yet but a preview of our registration can be found on the page about our CBF registration.

Our Board

Who are responsible within Friends for Africa Foundation?

We are working hard to meet our goals, under the leadership of the board. Which consists of the following people:

  • Cees Hopman
  • Rick Heek (Treasurer)
  • Hans Segers
  • Peter van Halteren
  • Rody Koelewijn (Chairman)
  • Evita Heek (Secretary)
  • Ro-Ann Koelewijn
  • Ton Kaptein
  • Lieuwe Schaafsma
  • Jan-Gerard Koelewijn
  • Matthias van Lummel ( Public Relations)


Your support is of great importance

For all of this, we need your help!

Incurring expenses is unavoidable. Labor, inventory, building maintenance, food, medicine: we need that and much more to do our work. The money needed for this comes directly from the projects realized-and to be realized. Therefore, we arrange as much as possible through sponsors, pay no salaries and work with volunteers whenever possible.

Would you like to contribute to this as well?