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As the Founder of HWMCO-Nederland I warmly welcome you on our website! Our foundation was established in 2016 for the purpose of providing disadvantaged and needy children in Uganda a worthy future.

Uganda, which is officially called the “Republic of Uganda”, is located in Eastern Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the southwest by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania.

Unfortunately, Uganda still belongs to the poorest countries of the world. During the summer of 2016 I made my first trip to the country, accompanied by my husband and youngest daughter. It was a tough confrontation with the poverty that prevails in the country. With the average age being only 15 years, the country has a very young population, even the youngest in the world! The fact that there is a huge amount of children in Uganda that would enormously benefit from a better future perspective for them will not need much explanation.

Heart breaking is the fact that the majority of the Ugandan rural population has no access to clean water, as much as that is the most primary necessity for life. For water, the people depend on small lakes that often contain ditch-water. Often, they have to walk several hours to reach a place where they can fill their jerry cans with contaminated water. Most often, it’s the children who are being sent for this purpose. Not only is it extremely heavy for the children to carry a water filled jerry can back home, also it unfortunately means that they are structurally missing many precious hours at school.

The countless amounts of bacteria that contaminate the water hugely affects the overall health of the rural population. It causes that they cannot function well in their daily lives. They weaken, productivity goes down, abilities to learn and develop are hindered, knowledge about how to cultivate crops in effective ways is lacking, malnutrition is often seen, etc.

In short, patterns arise that cannot be broken without effective aid. HWMCO-Nederland is committed to providing that effective aid, with the emphasis on ‘effective’. In all that we will do in the future to realize our goals we ask involvement and commitment of the local population. Not only do we ask them to contribute their part where that can reasonably be expected (joining hands), also we want to work towards more self-reliance for them. You can give a hungry man a fish and feed him for one day, but you can also teach him how to fish and feed him for a lifetime.

As is it our purpose to provide disadvantaged and needy children in Uganda a worthy future, for the implementation of our plans we will always search for locations that ensure large groups of children to benefit; for example schools or orphanages that we will help strengthen their base.

Specific goals for which we are committed and for which of course funds need to be raised, will be presented on this website. Of course, we count on your trust and support, so that we can indeed provide many innocent children that worthy future.

Last but not least I would like to give the following words into consideration: if the rich from societies all over the world would be willing to reduce ‘abundant’ to ‘enough’, then ‘shortage’ for the less fortunate would stop to exist.

 

Yvonne Verhagen
Founder HWMCO-Nederland