safe place where they can be a child

How it started

At the end of 1998 Jan Willem ter Braak was sent to Tanzania for three years to privatize Kilimanjaro Airport. During that time he and his wife Ida provided support to small hospitals, schools and street children projects. By chance, they visited an orphanage in Kikatiti village. The building was in such poor shape that they decided to buy land and build a new house. They launched a fund raising campaign in the Netherlands to finance the project, starting with friends and family members. To provide help on a structural basis, the foundation was set up on 26 September 2000.

The new children’s home, Kikatiti Happy Watoto Home, opened in October of 2002. The foundation continued to grow, providing assistance to a large number of small-scale projects, including some thirty schools in the Masai country. However, the impact of these small scale projects was short-lived and the board decided in 2008 to review its strategy. From that moment on all efforts were directed towards one objective: a permanent educational programme (managed where possible by the foundation) for the underprivileged children of the Arumeru District.

Kikatiti Happy Watoto Home was expanded to include a pre-school. The second stage of our strategy began in 2010 with the construction of a primary school and living facilities in the village of Ngorika. Since 2013 the foundation has worked hard to implement the next stage of our programme with the help of local educational institutions. The final objective is to help the children to build an independent life.

Board of Directors

Name: Paul Nielen
Title: Chairman
CV: Paul (1964), studied business economics and Dutch law, worked for 15 years at MeesPierson and NIBC, and then started his own corporate finance boutique - Nielen Schuman.
Paul is also director of Scheybeeck Investments since 2015 and has been active as board member of Stern Groep N.V since the end of 2017. His daily involvement with Van Nielen Schuman has been exchanged for a board seat at Happy Watoto, as of December 2017 in the capacity of chairman.
Email: paul@happywatoto.nl
Name: Fred Arp
Title: Treasurer
CV: Fred (1954) held various positions in the audit and advisory division of Deloitte (1973–1991) before becoming a partner in the firm from 1991 until 1997. Until March 2015 he was the CFO and a member of the Managing Board of Telegraaf Media Groep N.V. In addition, Fred has served on the supervisory boards of several companies, including SBS Nederland B.V., Pro7Sat1 Media GMBH and Wereldhave N.V. In 2007 he joined the board of the Voices of Africa Media Foundation, where he was treasurer until 2014, when he was appointed chairman. Fred has been a member of our board since April 2015, and is due to take over the role of treasurer at the end of 2015. 
Email: fred@happywatoto.nl
Name: Marga van Winsen
Title: Secretary
CV:
Marga van Winsen (1965) has worked in asset management during 1989-2008 after studying business economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Besides her work she has a great passion for wine, which resulted in her own specialized wine import business in 2009. Her desire to do something 'socially sustainable' get her involved with our foundation in 2008 and as board member since 2010.
 


 
Email: marga@happywatoto.nl
Name: Pete de Jager
Title:
CV:
Email: pete@happywatoto.nl
Name: Richard Lines
Title: fundraising
CV: Richard Lines (1971) is a British national who held various commercial positions in Ernst & Young, Premier Oil and, for 15 years, Wood Mackenzie. Wood Mackenzie is the global leader in Energy, Metals & Mining commercial information provision, and Richard was the SVP for Client Solutions, responsible for the product strategy, development, and pricing.

The father of a young family, Richard has recently changed career direction to spend more time with his family, and focus more on humanitarian goals.
Email: richard@happywatoto.nl

Team

In Tanzania, 58 local people work for our projects under the supervision of a management team led jointly by Mathew Massawe and Nolarip Ngungat.
Our management team (left to right):

Mathew Massawe Generanl Manager Schools & Accounting
Mary Kasale Head Social Work
Nolarip Ngungat General Manager Homes & Head Ngorika Home
Martha Jonathan Head Kikatiti Home
Alex Johnson Former Head Ngorika School

Advisors to the Board

In alphabetical order:

Margreeth Brokking Social Pedagogy
Evelien Emondts Communication
Wim Smit Management & Development
Boudewijn van Velzen Education

Video about Happy Watoto

Mission

Happy Watoto (ANBI registered foundation) gives orphans and children from deprived families hope for the future by providing them:
  • a caring environment and basic needs for those that do not have a safe home,
  • permanent English education from nursery school up to vocational education,
  • coaching to find a job or to set up an own business.