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As of 25 November 2016 ‘Stichting HWMCO-Nederland'(Foundation HWMCO-Netherlands) is officially registered in the Netherlands.
‘NiCA Foundation’ is since 17 July 2018 registered as a Community Based Organization (CBO) in Kabale District (Uganda).

All official facts considering the registrations of both foundations can be read here.

Since we find it important that everyone who is actively involved with our foundations as a (board)member is not only known by a name, we would like to introduce ourselves below:

 

Yvonne Verhagen (Founder & Chair)

Since many years I have felt attracted to Africa and an unconscious feeling has been living inside of me that I would want to make myself useful there. While we were in the procedure of adopting our youngest daughter (she was born in Ethiopia) we were painfully confronted with malnutrition. Helena was found in a very malnourished condition and brought to a shelter. For her life has been fought. No parent wants such circumstances for his child and to learn about them had hit me very hard.

It was during a period where I was thinking very much about my future when Michael Jackson died in 2009. I had previously given up my job, so that I could entirely focus on raising our children, yet, with them growing older and therewith more and more independent, I had started getting more time for myself. Although I had, until then, never been a big fan of Michael Jackson’s music, the ways in which he was repeatedly completely unfairly scandalized by the media had often angered me. Sadly, I had never been aware of the enormous amount of charity work he had done during his life. Not really surprising, because he chose to leave the press out of it, as much as they always preferred to twist his good intentions into something negative. Only after his death many positive stories about all the charitable work done by him became known. To realize how much good this man had done for the world during his lifetime, without ever asking anything back for it, has hugely inspired me. I started looking for ways to actively contribute to continuation of his charity work. As a first step I started working as a translator, researcher and later also writer in the MJ Community.

In June 2011, the world of me and my family completely collapsed when our son, Nicky, died in a car accident. In my struggle to survive the pain, the desire in me to help in Africa returned very strongly. Nicky had also loved Africa, and had wanted to make himself useful there. Also, he had been most intrigued by its beautiful nature and the (still present) wildlife. He had once done a presentation at school about gorillas (of which the biggest part of the population still alive can be found in Africa) and it had been his dream to visit them.

Pieces of the puzzle started falling together when my activities for the MJ Community led me to Ugandan Happy Mbabazi. Happy was organizing activities for disadvantaged children in his country and felt, like myelf, tremendously inspired by Michael Jackson. Following an almost four months’ stay of Happy with us in the Netherlands (2015/2016), for him to promote his organization, HWMCO, a close relationship developed and our huge appreciation for the work he did through his organization led to our decision to establish HWMCO-Nederland for the purpose of helping Happy’s organization develop. The desire to help in Africa that had been living inside me for many years, my wish to continue Michael Jackson’s charity work, of which he had performed a lot in Africa, and also our son’s love for Africa could now be united! In 2017, ‘Nicky’s Care for Africa’ (NiCA) came about as a special tribute to our deceased son. It started as a project under HWMCO-Nederland, for it be registered as a Community Based Organization (CBO) in Kabale District (Uganda) in 2018.

 

Aaron Twinomujuni (Manager NiCA Foundation)

I am a Teacher by profession. I have been teaching at Bwama primary school and am also a Transport Manager for the children of this school, who cross the lake every day, for more than twenty years. Fortunately enough, we have registered zero cases of drowning of our children, but we were at high risk. I and Noah Mubangizi, whom I taught for seven years, we always wanted to help children, even while buying the unsafe traditional canoes with limited funding.

So, after meeting HWMCO-Nederland to build up together, we formed NiCA Foundation as the way of working together in provision of safe transport as our first objective, among other long term programs like lunch in the future. We are doing this as an international team, not because we are earning money through that, but because we wanted to help our community to get the needed sustainable development.

As a Manager of NiCA-Foundation I am very happy for our international community and the way we are moving together as a team.

Love and greetings, Aaron Twinomujuni.

 

Noah Mubangizi (Manager NiCA Foundation)

As a person who grew up in the area and studied from Bwama Primary school, which is located on Bwama Island, I knew the problems which children were facing. In my childhood we used to cross the lake using traditional canoes for seven years; these canoes were unsafe more especially when storms came.

Because of that, being there for helping these children was on my heart, so when we met as a team, willing to work together in bringing the needed help, my heart beats were on smiles. I and Aaron Twinomujuni, when we met the Founder of HWMCO-Nederland, we proposed to open up NiCA Foundation as a Community Based Organization with common objectives and goals, whereby providing safe means of transport to school going children was our first priority.

As a great international team we share common objectives whereby we focus on bringing development to children by providing them with opportunities to build themselves a better future, like a safe environment for their early education; per now we have already achieved one most needed motorboat which is on operation, and five landing docks to help moving in and out of children to the boat . We are also working hard to improve health and nutrition by the introduction of moringa seeds and planning to bring a lunch program in the future.

Last but not least, as a graduate in Environmental Science I want to emphasize that I am doing this work voluntarily (with everyone, both from NiCA-Foundation and HWMCO-Nederland being unpaid) and definitely not earning money through it for myself. I have developed ways of earning , like agri business and tour guiding.

Regards from Noah Mubangizi

 

Mathieu Raemaekers (Treasurer HWMCO-Nederland)

The majority of the Ugandan children grow up in sad circumstances. We believe that everyone, no matter where he is living, deserves opportunities to lead a beautiful and happy life. Where life is not always beautiful and happy, help is needed. That is why I am very eager to be part of HWMCO-Nederland, so that we can together commit ourselves to offer that help.

 

 

 

 

Michael de Boer (Secretary HWMCO-Nederland)

I absolutely want to contribute my part to make life somewhat more beautiful and better for the children in Uganda. HWMCO-Nederland and the plans that are existing make a lot of sense to me. I believe in development work that requires from the people involved that they learn and develop in ways that will eventually lead to them being able to create a better future for themselves and their children.

 

 

 

 

Members in alphabetical order:

 

Kekirwa Costence (NiCA Foundation)

As a mother of three children who face water transport every day, I am very proud to be a member of this foundation and its partners, who are working hard towards bringing development in the area. Before NiCAF oundation, transport to and from school was by using dugout canoes; our children were at high risk. So far, nowadays our children have acquired safe means of transport to attend school. I thank God who has used our managers Noah Mubangizi and Aaron Twinomjuni, and HWMCO-Nederland for being genuine in their non-profitable activities and serving our community with ease. My contribution is in making handcrafts, with part of proceeds of that going to the foundation.

 

Bright Mutasikwa (NiCA Foundation)

My profession is in Tourism and Hotel Management. I had always wanted to support my community, but I had not found a way until this great foundation was introduced. I have previously been working at a hotel in Queen Elizabeth National Park where I earned only very little; now I am supporting my community through voluntarily transporting the children of Bwama Primary School every day to and from school, while also given opportunities to be active in tourism.  I am very happy, because the need in my heart to support my community has been answered.

 

 

Johnson Nihawa (NiCA Foundation)
I am very happy to be a member of this so fruitful foundation within our home area. What I see being done is so great. Currently, I am a secondary school student, but I studied my primary from Bwama Primary School; the situation was not easy until NiCA Foundation came in to provide the current safe means of transport. I will be of help for the foundation as much as I can. Nowadays, I am doing that by assisting in the transport of the children of Bwama Primary School during my holidays.

 

 

 

Akandinda Obedience (NiCA Foundation)

I first visited Lake Bunyonyi community on invitation of Noah Mubangizi in 2018. Noah told me more about how he aquired his studies on the island. For myself, I always went to school by road. Having to cross the lake every day by canoes seemed a very scary situation to me. As someone who studied social work and social administration I was attached and that forced me to ask more about the situation. Noah told me how they are working hard to solve the problem by bringing a motorboat and registering a Community Based Organization (CBO), where I requested him to include me a member.

Currently, I am married to Noah Mubangizi. He is working very hard towards achieving the objectives of the foundation. I am so proud of the management of the foundation and the developmental skills that they are bringing to our community. I make handcrafts for selling and part of the proceeds from that goes to the foundation.

 

José Snabel (HWMCO-Nederland)

I met Yvonne Verhagen, who founded HWMCO-Nederland, in 2017. After reading this website and her stories I am proud of her for all she has, with the people around her and various volunteers, achieved for these underprivileged children. Personally I believe that difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.
My best experience in this world is to feel that you are meaningful for someone else, anywhere in the world.

Give what you receive.
Receive what you get.
Appreciate what you have.

 

Helena Verhagen (HWMCO-Nederland & NiCA Foundation)

My roots are in Africa, I love children, and I think it is important to help others. During our trip to Uganda I witnessed with my own eyes the sad living conditions of the children there and I realized more than ever how lucky I have been to grow up in a prosperous country as the Netherlands. All that are reasons because of which I actively want to be involved with HWMCO-Nederland. 

 

 

Marc Verhagen (HWMCO-Nederland & NiCA Foundation)

The huge differences in living conditions between our rich Western society and Uganda, a country that is amongst the poorest in the world, are nothing but confronting. To hear about the enormous poverty is something completely different than to witness it with your own eyes and to even be surrounded by it every day, as we were in the summer of 2016.

With our foundation, HWMCO-Nederland, and of course with our deceased son and what he would have wanted in my heart, I absolutely want to contribute to the improvement of those living conditions and to providing especially many children that worthy future.

 

 

Specific goals we are committed to and for which funds need to be raised will be presented on this website. Of course we count on your trust, enthusiasm and support, which will enable us to realize our goals!

 

HWMCO-Nederland & NiCA Foundation
‘We Fight Poverty by Bringing Development.’

 

(Last updated September 2019)