The board of Stichting Projecten Zuid-Afrika (SPZA) - South-Africa Foundation consists of five members, who all work pro bono. The board is supported by the founders, and a number of specialists and socially-committed entrepreneurs, all of whom also work pro bono. In compliance with statutory provisions, SPZA does not cover the expenses of its board members.
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Board members and founders cover the organisation’s overhead costs. This way, the South-Africa Foundation is able to guarantee that your donations will directly and solely serve the projects in South-Africa.
Knowledge of South Africa
Since they live(d) or work(ed) there, the founders and board members know South Africa well. We select projects and (partner) organizations based on a thorough knowledge of the country, the people and the culture. And our network is extensive.
Board members introduce themselves
Riekje de Vries-Pels, president and responsible for of the Out-of-school Child Care Programme. Took a keen interest as a sponsor for SPZA and has been closely involved as president since 12/06/2008. Riekje has visited partners and project sites on several occasions.
Martje Nooij, secretary and co-chair of all of SPZA's programmes. Has been active in South Africa since 1997. Initiated and developed the holiday schools model, among other projects. Took up the presidency on 17/04/2000, and has been secretary since 2004. Has lived and worked in South Africa and has an extensive network. She is also involved with Oikocredit as a board member of Oikocredit Belgium.
Petra Lasschuit, treasurer and responsible for SPZA's Scholarship Programme. Worked in sustainable development in southern Africa between 1989 and 2001. Treasurer since 2006. Petra works for the Department of Justice.
Diet Grosheide, member and co-chair of the Out-of-school Child Care Programme. Spent a month in South Africa as a volunteer for one of our local partner organisations, and has since been involved in several projects on children and youths’ schooling and development. Board member since 2004. Visits South Africa regularly. Diet holds a job at the University of Amsterdam. She is also a trustee of Stichting Leweza.
Frits Jansen, member and co-chair of the Sponsor-a-Child Programme since January 7, 2012. Took a keen interest as a sponsor for SPZA from the very start. Works as a general physician since 1976. Trained in Tanzania.
Hilde von Michaëlis, editor-in-chief quarterly newsletter Ubuntu since 2004. Here is why Hilde assists SPZA
Nicky Ruisch, editor flyers and other documents since 2009. Here is why Nicky assists SPZA
Clem Herman, principal The Word Counter translation agency, www.thewordcounter.eu. Translations and proofreading, chief editor English texts and documents since 2010. Here is why The Word Counter supports SPZA
Daniëlle Langendijk, co-researcher and editor Fair Winelist since 2011.
Teatske de Jong, De2Dames, advisor and editor Power Point documents since 2012.