On October 3rd Woord en Daad organized an event about Sierra Leone. About 40 sponsors were present during this event. Sanday Kamara from our partner organization CTF and Jonathan Bambara from partner organization EFSL spoke about the impact of the sponsorship program in Sierra Leone. They highlighted the INCE program, the ebola epidemic in 2014/2015 and the WASH program at their schools. After the presentation of Sanday and Jonathan there was time for discussion between sponsors, CTF staff and Woord en Daad staff. We had good discussions in 4 different groups. Questions were asked about the context of Sierra
September 24th, 2019 2 sessions were organized to highlight some new features of the WDCAP dashboard which was released on August 29th. In case you were not able to join us during the sessions, one of the recordings has been made available for you. You could find the video on this page. Please forward your questions or feedback to Annelien (firstname.lastname@example.org).
On Tuesday 17 September the ambitious and unique water project ‘WaterPricing’ was launched. Six parties from Ethiopia and the Netherlands are working together to realize a good water management of the Awash river. This river provides a green oasis in a dry region and is the lifeline for millions of Ethiopians. The Awash river source originates near Addis Ababa, is 1,250 kilometres long and gives an important boost to employment and productivity in adjacent areas. Along the Awash river a silent disaster has been taking place for years. A lot of water is drained upstream for agriculture and industry
In Nepal we are working on the development of a bachelor’s program for education. Unfortunately there was a delay in the legislation process and therefore the Nepal Open University (NOU) decided to postpone the development process for some months. In April NOU made a decision to start with a one year post graduate course instead of a four year bachelor’s course. A task group was formed of Pitambar Neupane from ECEC and Ruma Manandhar from NOU to develop the curriculum framework for the one year course. The task force submitted the first draft of the framework to the Dean of
On June 27th, 2019 the director of Parole et Action, Daniel Jean Louis, visited our country. He visited our country for the kick-off of the INCE project. During his stay, he also made time to talk to a group of 80 sponsors. They were invited to join a presentation of Daniel. During his presentation, Daniel spoke about the sponsorship program in Haiti, the local context and the emergency relief after the hurricane Matthew in 2016. After this presentation a Dutch book writer, who lived in Haiti, was invited to tell something about the book he wrote called ‘land without
Theme of both evenings: Correspondence with your sponsor child: current situation & future possibilities Our goals of the evenings were to gain more in-depth insight in the sponsor’s need regarding the correspondence with/from their sponsor child the sponsor’s experience the current way of correspondenc the need of digitizing the correspondence to / from their sponsor child the experience of sponsors regarding the service of Woord en Daad Target group We invited a small group of sponsors to be able to have more quality time for discussions. Both evenings 15 – 20 sponsors were present in different age groups.
In the first week of May Brian Dennett, the director of AMG Guatemala, visited our country. We organized an event for sponsors of a sponsor child in Guatemala. Brian shared more about the target group of the sponsorship program, about the sponsorship program in Guatemala itself and shared some impact stories. After his presentation we organized a speed dating event in which the group of sponsors were divided into 5 groups. Every group got 10 minutes to talk to Brian and 4 other Woord en Daad staff, like our CEO Rina Molenaar and the project leader for the sponsorship
Consortium members invited Sander Verduijn (project leader) to visit Guatemala to gain a deeper understanding of the way they work, the reach and what has been implemented so far. Here he gives an update of his field visit: Guatemala Prospera has developed several materials for the context of Guatemala (with input from Leadership expert John Maxwell) and has been training a variety of sectors over the past few years (businesses, government, NGOs, schools etc.). Materials were also developed in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, ensuring a secured reach in the training program of around 25,000 teachers in Guatemala and
The government in Benin says it is neutral and therefore it prefers schools without any religious identity. Nevertheless there are Christian organizations in Benin focusing on education, there are Christian schools and Christian teachers. The INCE program in this west African country is in its early stages. Cees Oosterhuis, project leader, gives a short update: ‘We have a core partner, Dedras and now we’re analyzing the organizations focusing on Christian education. The aim is to select six more organizations to create a consortium. One of the biggest challenges is getting an overview of the number of Christian schools in
‘We can’t be successful in making a change to the education of our children on our own, but together we can’ From 24th till 27th of June a fruitful, passionate, intense and clarifying start of INCE Haïti took place at the Woord en Daad office in Gorinchem. Haïtian partners CRECH, FEPH, HaitiTec, P&A and UCNH came to meet with the Dutch Woord en Daad and Driestar Christian University to ‘kick off’ a new collaboration within INCE. Rina Molenaar, Director of Woord en Daad, started the meeting with sharing the dream. ‘We have a dream: to improve the quality of education in
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