READ OUR ANNUAL REPORT Woord en Daad boosts employment possibilities for young people We published our Annual Report 2018 with the theme ‘Boost’. The projects to create work and income for young people clearly reveal the impact of our new market oriented approach. It resulted in an increase of more than 50% (from 3,823 to 5,783) in the numbers of young people that found employment in 2018. We attracted a wide range of partners with this approach as well. Rina Molenaar, CEO of Woord en Daad: ‘Our actions are always determined by our Christian identity. We choose an entrepreneurial
On Saturday January 19, nearly 1,400 people attended the Woord en Daad World Day. Young and old came to the town of Barneveld for impressive stories from different speakers, unique pictures and a lively market. On 9.15 hours the doors of the ‘Midden Nederland Hallen’ event center opened and visitors from all corners of the country were welcomed. The day started with the question that would be central throughout the day: ‘Are we stronger than the storm?’ Opportunities in a stormy environment After the opening of the day, the floor was given to Jun Pascual, director of one of
At the age of 18, Zia (from Bangladesh) was already in charge of his father’s sanitation shop. Without experience and with unfinished studies he did not feel up to this task. But now, five years later, the shop is running well. Zia is happy to share what has changed. ‘On my 18th I unfortunately had to abandon my studies. My family is poor and I had to go to work to make money for our livelihood. My father had a sanitation shop, but as he was getting older and often not feeling well, I took over the shop. Initially,
Samuel Sebastian was sponsored by Woord en Daad from 1995 to 2006. Born in a family hardly able to making ends meet, he grew up to a man who – as he says – is blessed by God. Now he is also a blessing for his surroundings. Read Samuels impressive life story. Samuel starts as follows: ‘Words fail me when writing my testimony. My family is originally Roman Catholic and I have two brothers and sisters. My father suffered from various diseases. He had asthma, various lung diseases and was vomiting blood. My mother was breadwinner, but her income
On Wednesday 21 November 2018 some hundred entrepreneurs came together in Amersfoort, The Netherlands, for the yearly Business Meeting organized by Woord en Daad. Together with speakers from India and Burkina Faso they reflected on the theme: To work! Numerous companies are looking for employees and numerous young people are looking for a job. Yet, they do not find each other. Woord en Daad responds to this situation with the Job Booster program: we connect the labor market to education and vice versa. So that demand and supply match and thousands of young people get perspective on a job.
Thirteen civil society organizations, including Woord en Daad, offered a joint manifest on 20 November 2018. One day after World Toilet Day, they sounded the alarm asking for an ambitious plan by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to realize sanitation projects as of 2020, including the associated budget. In the policy paper ‘Investing in Perspective’ Minister Kaag has included the objective that by 2030 50 million more people should have access to sanitary facilities. For 2020, the intermediate goal is to provide sanitation to 12 million people. At the moment we lag far behind on both objectives. If the
Colleague Tineke Morren tells in the Dutch newspaper “Reformatorisch Dagblad” about her vision on providing emergency aid: ‘If we want to perform effectively in disaster areas, we will need to cooperate in the field of emergency relief and development aid. Moreover, the resilience of the population needs to be enhanced.’ The full article (in Dutch) can be read at the website of Reformatorisch Dagblad. Turn over a new leaf on emergency aid If we want to perform effectively in disaster areas, we will need to cooperate in the field of emergency relief and development aid. Moreover, the resilience of
Haiti, the country of mountains. The country where Woord en Daad has been working for years, even in times when it was difficult to achieve anything, when many organizations withdrew. After this week I remember again why we work in Haiti and how we want to make a difference here. By Rina Molenaar The country touches me because you feel and smell the poverty on the streets, but at the same time surprising encounters encourage you again. I meet young people who believe in their country and who work hard rebuilding it. However, this requires optimism and courage, because
What is happening at the moment? On Sulawesi and Lombok people try to resume their normal lives again. Many emergency workers are busy providing medical care and drawing up the damage. Hospital tents are set up and families search for their loved ones. Besides, people try to resume their work. How powerful is the remark of an aid worker on Sulawesi: ‘I do everything to save lives, my calling is greater than my fears by seeing so many deaths and wounded.’ What kind of aid do we offer? We offer assistance through international and local partner organizations that know
The Golden Ear: in 2018 Woord en Daad received the certificate ‘Golden Ear Certified’, a recognition for organizations that score demonstrably well on listening to their customers. Woord en Daad is the first organization for development cooperation in The Netherlands that has been awarded this certificate. Research institute Cericed was impressed by the effect of the project-based approach on the client orientation of the organization. In their report they indicated that this method of working is appealing. This is illustrated by the strong growth of available funding that has been realized since 2016.
In the presence of Dutch Prime Minister Rutte, Minister Kaag and Minister Schouten, yesterday Wietse van Tilburg signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on behalf of Incluvest and Woord en Daad for the construction of a new food processing factory in India. Other signatories of the MoU are the Dutch company Schouten Europe and the Indian company LT Foods.
Manifesto: Toilets for 50 million people by 2030 Minister Kaag stated in the Policy Notice ‘Investing in Perspective’ that 50 million more people must have access to sanitary facilities by 2030 (SGD6), with an interim target of providing 12 million extra people with sanitation by 2030. However if current trends don’t change then this goal will not be achieved. We, the signatory organizations, one day after World Toilet Day, are asking parliament to address the Minister on this question next week when the 2019 Budget of Minister Kaag is discussed in Parliament. People die with no santiation 2.3