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It is always saddening to hear people say that, however much they feel sorry for the poor population in Africa, the little they can contribute can in no way be of help. Also, there is a group of people who are convinced that helping in Africa is useless, because any money sent there will just disappear without anything being achieved with it. In reality a lot can be achieved when many small contributions are brought together. Of course it is most important that any raised money is used in responsible ways and we from HWMCO-Nederland & NiCA Foundation stand for that; we guarantee that structurally all donations directly benefit the people in our working area (Kabale District) who need it. Please read below about the principles according which we work:
- We have very short lines lines of communication! Contact between the Netherlands and Uganda is always directly between core team members and is basically there every day.
- A Chinese proverb says, ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.’ Translated to HWMCO-Nederland & NiCA Foundation, it means that our strategy is to use raised funds to finance facilities and tools that can contribute towards development of self-sustainability and independence. This implies that we will never finance daily costs that have to be made to keep a project running; it is at that point where we expect from communities that they take responsibility by initiating activities that will help making an investment successful; that way they contribute towards their own development.
- In all that we do to realize a project, we ask involvement and commitment of the local population. We ask them to contribute their part whenever that can reasonably be expected. We should, for example, not have to spend raised funds on hiring expensive manpower when the same jobs can be done for a friendly price, or voluntarily, as a return service by the local population that we are helping. Any raised funds that we don’t need to spend on unnecessarily expensive manpower can be invested in a next goal to bring development. Joining hands is an essential condition to success.
- We invest in broad goals from which large groups of (in most cases) children can benefit; in other words, we do not sponsor individual children.
- With everyone from our team doing his or her work from their heart, and from a sincere desire to help the poorest develop, all (board) members from HWMCO-Nederland & NiCA-Foundation are doing their work completely voluntarily. Also, whenever someone from HWMCO-Nederland travels to Uganda on behalf of the foundation, none of the travel and accommodation costs will be paid from donated money. It will always be financed from personal resources. On top of that, we also choose to pay any other overhead costs from personal recources. All this is to guarantee that 100% from received donations will benefit the goals we are committed to.
- With regard to corruption we have a zero tolerance policy. Uganda has a reputation of being a very corrupt country; certainly not a reputation to be proud of! The enormous corruption seriously hinders the country’s development. The population, especially the poor population that we provide assistance, is structurally affected by this. From our zero tolerance policy, among other things, follows that all our projects are carried out either by ourselves or under our strict supervision and that we never accept being offered a bribe to get something done.
HWMCO-Nederland & NiCA Foundation
‘We Fight Poverty by Bringing Development.’
(Last updated January 2022)