FOUNDATION CHILD (‘Stichting’ Child) was founded and registered at Blaricum, The Netherlands, on 16th January 1996 (Chamber of Commerce registration no. 41194865), is a The Netherlands’ officially registered charity (tax registration no. 805107344). The board members of CHILD do not receive any payment or allowances.
CHILD aims to increase chances for optimal development and good health of vulnerable children in the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. It focuses on financially supporting education of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) at primary and secondary school level and, when needed, in higher education, i.e. college and university.
From 2003, more effective presence of national and international Aids programs in Tanzania, allowed CHILD to broaden its activities from providing care and education of Aids orphans to education of vulnerable and poor children in general. To guarantee continuation of schooling OVC, CHILD executes sound financial control, supervision and direct contact with schools.
Mr. Hans Baart, member of CHILD’s board and director of “Multiflower Ltd” (MF, Arusha), stepped back as board member and took from 2014 onwards responsibility to supervise the execution of CHILD’s school program by selected MF-staff.
MF’s execution of the CHILD schoolproject fits the by the Tanzania government recently propagated ‘Corporate Responsibility’ of commercial enterprises operating in Tanzania.
3. School Program
Contact with schools is by e-mail or “Dropbox”, with a visit of each school by MF-staff in a two-year period. When needed, schools are offered a cell phone. CHILD aims at an optimal contact, including communication how pupils do and progress. Visits offer an impression of schools in general and allow MF-staff to directly talk to OVC pupils.
Until recently, schools were paid for OVC pupils through “M-pesa”, East Africa’s most popular digital payment system, by cell phone. During 2020, Tanzania government regulations on financial support necessitated a drastic change in the payment system. Now, payments for OVC pupils to schools can only be done through the District Education Office (DEO). A prerequisite is that schools get certification from the DEO, before any funds can get transferred from CHILD (MF) to the DEO and from there to schools. Beginning of November, MF senior staff members Nahum Mosha and Irene Maro have, with other MF colleagues, completed the very time consuming task of obtaining ‘certificates of appreciation’ for each school individually, primary, secondary and schools for A-level education, successfully. Apart from dealing with each school, it ment dealing with DEO’s in 9 districts to get the process of certification done!
Of our foundation’s total income, 97,5% is directly used for education. Our overhead costs are at the best possible minimum. In 2019, the cost of schooling at primary level (Standard 1-7) is around € 65.- and at secondary level (Form I-IV) € 80.-. An ‘advanced student’ (Form V-VI ) costs around € 180.- per year, depending on need for boarding. Included in the costs for schooling is approximately 12.5% costs per pupil to execute the program, mainly caused by two-yearly school visits of MF-staff. We aim to keep the average expenditure per pupil at € 80.- annually.
In Tanzania, the school year for primary (Standard 1-7) and secondary education (Form I-IV) starts in January. Two-year courses leading up to A-level (‘advanced students’, Form V-VI) start in July and finish in May. The academic year for university begins in September/October. In 2020, we support 496 pupils in 114 schools; 295 (Standard I-VII) in 61 primary, 186 pupils (Form I-IV) in 38 secondary schools and 15 ‘advanced students’ (Form V-VI) in A-level courses.
The A-level certificate, obtained after successful completion of Form VI, offers entrance to university. In October 2018, 5 talented Form VI students who obtained their A-level certificate, were selected to receive a yearly scholarship of € 400 during a 5 year-period. This could be realized by the generous support of a private foundation.
Like many relatively small and education-focused charities, CHILD is faced with a decreasing income trend and has to cut expenses. Therefore, in stead of a total of approximately 500 so far, we have to support less pupils in the future. For the years 2021 and 2022, we do not expect to be able to support more than 400. Too, for the coming years, we aim at a somewhat lower number of schools, preferably located more closely together. This will facilitate school visits by the MF-staf.
The five-year lasting scholarships, which started in the academic year 2018-2019, will continue until 2022-2023.
6. External assessment
The Dutch daily newspaper “Trouw” classified CHILD in the top 50 of all The Netherlands’ charities. Considering the total number of 800 charities that were assessed, CHILD was within the 3% best.
On 1 september 2016, already having The Netherlands’ charity (“ANBI”) status for many years, CHILD was also awarded “Recognised Charity” status by the independent Central Bureau for Fund Raising (CBF) and allowed to carry the CBF logo in CHILD’s communications. Each year, CHILD did fulfill all CBF criteria and aims to continue that.
7. DONATE your contribution for schooling of orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) to: NL 43 RABO 0308423003, CHILD, Almere To school ONE PUPIL is averagely costing €80,- per year. Please, state your e-mail address in the bank transfer.
Board of CHILD, November 23, 2020
Rob Moot, MBA, treasurer
Jaap Mulder, MD, chairman
Henk Stokking, BSc, member
Jules Tolboom, MD, PhD, secretary
At present, treasurer Rob Moot is in charge of fundraising, until a successor has been identified.