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About Nicky’s Care for Africa Foundation
NiCA Foundation initially started as a project under HWMCO-Nederland in 2017, for it to be registered as a Community Based Organization (CBO) in Kabale District, Uganda in 2018. The foundation is a daughter of HWMCO-Nederland, whereby goals and strategies are jointly determined, with NiCA being the local executive foundation of the by HWMCO-Nederland generated funds.
NiCA Foundation is named after and in honor of the founder’s in 2011 deceased son, Nicky, who just loved Africa and would have wanted to help there. He had great pity with the poor population of Africa, but also, he was very much intrigued by the wildlife on the continent. He had once done a presentation at school about gorillas and it had been his dream to see the mountain gorillas, of which the biggest part of the population still alive can be found in Bwindi Impenetrable park, Uganda, one day.
During the search for a location to start a project in her son’s honor, her attention was obviously drawn to the southwestern part of Uganda and Lake Bunyonyi, located nearby Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. She came to realize that she had probably not coincidentally been guided to this specific area and how thrilled Nicky would have been about starting a project there.
What we do under NiCA Foundation.
In general, we do as much as possible to provide children from the villages surrounding Lake Bunyonyi in the Kabale District with better facilities, knowledge and skills to improve their future possibilities in becoming self sustainable.
We provide our help in such a way that big groups of children can benefit from it. Our activities encompass the below fields:
– safe transport over Lake Bunyonyi for school going children on Bwama Island and other locations;
– safer means of transport over water in general;
– local and tourist boat services;
– water and sanitation systems and resources;
– environmental protection activities;
– a community house (future);
– a vocational education center (future)
We work on improving:
– education of any form and welfare of the children in the region;
– hands on skills development (practices)
– health education and awareness, including knowledge about gender issues and health issues such as HIV/AIDS;
– education and advice on agriculture and cultivating crops;
– education and advice on food and nutrition;
Due to the urgent transport problem Bwama Primary School was struggling with in 2017, our focus has first been on solving that problem for the school. In this article more information is shared about Bwama Primary School, the significant history attached to it and the urgent transport problem for which solutions needed to be found.
The articles below show how we have provided help:
Great News from NiCA: Canoe Donated to Bwama Primary School!
Breaking News: First Motorboat to Provide Pupils of Bwama Primary School Safe Transport Realized!
First Much Needed Landing Docks Have Been Constructed.
The Third Landing Dock is a Fact!
Also the Remaining Two Landing Docks Have Been Constructed!
The Next Milestone: Second Motorboat for the Daily Safe Transport of Bwama Primary School Pupils!
Breaking News: Introducing Our Third Motorboat!
Although the 5 landing docks we have been able to build were in the first place meant to facilitate the boarding and disembarking of our boats for the pupils of Bwama Primary School at the points where they gather in the mornings to be picked up and from where they go back home in the afternoons, these landing docks can also be used for short time mooring by any boat or canoe of community members.
Our in 2019 realized Swimming Instruction Centre, to which a covered area has been added in January 2020, is another great example of how it is our aim that children from communities at large can benefit from our investments.
Since 2020, we also focus on ensuring safe drinking water for communities, as important that is for just anyone’s health. Please view here the complete list with goals we have achieved and goals we currently want to realize.
Important to mention are our principles, that are an important guideline both for us to decide how and where to offer help and for those who request for our help.
Please stay tuned on our website for updates on our activities!
HWMCO-Nederland & NiCA Foundation
‘We Fight Poverty by Bringing Development.’
(Updated February 2022)