The board of the Watoto Foundation
The board of the Watoto Foundation currently has four members. Each of them is closely involved from the start and 100% committed to the street children of Tanzania. Three to four times a year they sit together in a meeting in the Netherlands where they discuss the progress and development of the foundation.
Apart from Noud van Hout, who lives in Tanzania himself, each member endeavours to personally visit the projects of the Watoto Foundation at least once a year.
The board of the Watoto Foundation is formed by:
Chairman Watoto Foundation - Drs. H. Schripsema
From the very beginning I am involved in the Watoto Foundation. I have had various positions in my working life in leading organizations and ussed to be among others chairman of the Rabobank Foundation. The development of children in a very vulnerable situation in Africa has my deep interest. I therefore commit myself gladly to the Watoto Foundation for further development of its projects.
Secretary Watoto Foundation - Mrs. M. Lauret-Wiegerinck
My first trip to Africa was to Ghana in 1975. What stood out were the dynamics of the people who saved themselves with few resources and continued to celebrate! After my education I decided to leave for Africa, because one thing was clear to me early on: make something of your life! After a long period of family life, a new chance appeared to contribute to the beautiful African continent. This time Tanzania. My commitment to the Watoto Foundation is to help the local, amazing people to be proud of themselves and encourage them to develop the country with their own rich personality and creativity. Learning to fish instead of giving fish.
Treasurer Watoto Foundation - Mr. P.F.J.M. van Zon
Being an advisor to the Brova Group, I have been connected to the van Hout family since long. the Hout. It was therefore no surprise that I was asked to become a board member of the Watoto Foundation. Since the foundation of the fund-raising foundation I committed myself as secretary /treasurer of the board. In February 2005 I stood for the first time with my feet in the soil of Tanzania. And I got infected with the "Africa virus". In October 2005 I organized a sponsor climb to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Since then, every year I travel to Tanzania to see how the former street children are doing and developing, and maintain contact with the stakeholders including the NGO board, who are doing a fantastic job.
Board member and founder Watoto Foundation - Dhr. A.J. van Hout
My dreams came true ... After 35 years of work and family in the Netherlands my dream to devote myself to the less fortunate finally came true. That this would be in Africa was clear from the beginning. After spending more than a decade here in Tanzania, I am extremely happy to be able to do this work. The satisfaction is great, although it is often not easy to get things done in a completely different culture, yet you are sure that it will bring positive results. But we never give up! Never .... and without struggle there is no development.
Ambassadors of the Watoto Foundation
The following persons have been appointed as ambassadors for the Watoto Foundation, thanks to their continued support of our projects for which we are very grateful:
- Mr. Ton van der Vegt
- Andrea Modest (former student Watoto Foundation)
- Japhet Obedi (former student Watoto Foundation)