Woord en Daad was established in 1973 and is based in The Netherlands. Our mission is to connect people around the world in their fight against poverty.
Woord en Daad works together with partner organizations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to fight poverty worldwide. Likewise, Woord en Daad cooperates with social institutions, government bodies, enterprises, and other sectors for sustainable change worldwide. The approach of Woord en Daad consists of direct poverty alleviation, reinforcement of civil society, and influencing policy.
Woord en Daad’s integrated approach to reduce poverty is reflected in our Theory of Change (ToC). In this ToC, we connect our Christian-based core values and development principles with clear interventions into local communities. The pillars of the ToC are our five programs:
1. The Education program supports not only the learning of basic skills but also psychosocial skills. Training teachers and the strengthening of the network with other Christian schools is of importance to provide Christian education.
2. The Vocational Training and Job Coaching program provides personal, leadership, and entrepreneur skills. Woord en Daad wants to further develop a program in which the vocational training meets demand at the labor market, and where internships and coaching is given to young entrepreneurs.
3. Clean water, Sanitation, and Hygiene are of great importance for a healthy life. In the coming years we want to focus on change in behavior, without this is investing in clean water and sanitation services useless. Behavior change will be encouraged by ‘social marketing’.
4. The Agriculture Business Development program focusses on small and medium enterprises. Woord en Daad supports the development of small and medium enterprises, which can be a stepping stone for small farmers.
5. The Emergency Help of Woord en Daad supports partner organizations whose working field is struck by drought, earthquakes, floods, or conflict.
Woord en Daad measures the successes of the programs constantly by using the ‘Planning, monitoring, evaluation, and learning’ (PMEL) cycle. The people are the center of our work in all of the programs. Woord en Daad works together with partners to provide help in the most efficient way and to create strong strategies and programs together.
Woord en Daad works in more than 20 countries with around 40 partners. Due to Woord en Daad’s work:
- Around 39.000 children are attending school
- Around 4.500 young adults found a job
- More than 15.500 farmer entrepreneurs are educated.