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About us

Salek represents Encourage African Life through Education for Children, which also translates well into English; Stimulate African Life through eductation for Kids.

Salek is a small, transparent and accountable volunteer organization that builds schools and promotes education and improves in poor rural areas in Africa.

Salek Foundation is a national Charity, now based in Doetinchem, which concerns itself with raising money through funds, donations and through other activities, for the establishment of educational facilities in disadvantaged areas in Africa.

Salek was incorporated on 27 February 2006 by Marinke van Nuenen, Ronald Remeijer, Ralph van Es and Robert Jan Lamers.

This foundation exists at present (April 2013) of three board members.
President: Vincent van Wenum
Secretary / Treasurer: Ellen Radstake
Board member Robert Jan Lamers

In the picture we are still with six members (from right to left) Vincent van Wenum, Ellen Radstake, Guido Naezer, Yvon Sinke, Inge Butterman and Robert Jan Lamers.

In addition to the board members, we also enjoy the support of partners and enthusiastic volunteers, which enables us to be a serious and enthusiastic organization to put down!

Our current board

Vincent van Wenum Vincent van Wenum, president of Salek and idealistic 'gooder' on a small scale.
Resident at Deventer. I am responsible for recruitment.

I would like to contribute in this way to an equal distribution of wealth in our world. Everyone knows there is no good balance but how do you create more balance and how do you prevent further imbalance. I would rather see a structural approach in development aid offered. Where you have a transparent organization that ensures that the most part, also ends up where it is needed.

This is also the philosophy of the Salek foundation and its members so I'm glad I can contribute to this group of 'do-gooders'!

My name is Ellen Radstake and I'm already five years old secretary and treasurer of Stichting Salek. Actually I Handyman and jump in when needed.

I think it's important that children all over the world the same opportunity to work on their future, and especially a choice to have what their future will look like. And that means quality education there must be, but also that education is practical. Children need it later to something on the labor market, within their families or within their society.
Salek Foundation pursues these goals in close cooperation with the locals. They know very well what they need. And we also make appointments independently how they will maintain the facilities. Development assistance is only useful if they can have them further without remaining dependent on foreign aid.

I'm Robert Jan Lamers, 40 years (2012), residing in Doetinchem. I am responsible for the local contacts in the projects and responsible for automation within the organization such as the websites.

During my work in Africa, I was ignited by the problems there. The demand for education soon became evident and the lack of transparency of many other large charities, plus the fact that money does not end up in the projects, but the organizations themselves, I am therefore, together with four others in 2006 foundation Salek began to put on, so that we ourselves can offer on-site assistance.

In this way I hope to contribute a bit to a fairer distribution of opportunities in this world.

Education is the future!

Did you know that a NIPO survey shows that 53% of donors believe that charities spend money on the wrong things? Fortunately we have now Salek, a very transparent foundation which every euro is where it belongs. We are going to accompany it personal!

We are convinced that the only real solution to poverty, hunger and health of African countries is education.

By (re) build good schools, providing teaching materials and good control at the level we offer the children an opportunity to progress to higher education and good employment prospects, which in turn will positively affect the entire environment.

The reason for our projects is the distressing situation in the poor rural villages that despite the wealth of the country may not follow a proper education because of mismanagement and corruption by the rich strata of the population.
Just teaching children will be able to put an end to this injustice.

We bring money in through the setting up and participating in activities such as Christmas markets, Queen shearer party and other markets. In addition, we go to schools in addition to information and cooperation also organize activities to raise money. Not in the last place we raise funds and often seek sponsorship from companies and organizations.

Because we help a partner organization set up in Nigeria and because we ourselves are regularly present, we closely monitor the projects and the relevant finances that each euro of the project is spent and foundation Salek, hence, in the most efficient organizations in the Netherlands is.

ANBI - Tax-free donations

We also succeeded in receiving an ANBI status, which means that (mostly used by) companies tax-free (regular) donations may do so.

We also do not pay taxes as Foundation donated a large inheritance or donations for example, we are not subject to VAT.

If your company about to receive further information, please contact the tax authorities, or with us via our contact page.

Old board

Hi, I'm Inge Butterman Rheden and this is our daughter Rosalie (8-6-2009).
6 years I have been a board member at Salek.
I met Robert Jan and was eager to do something for Africa. We know Africa well, as my husband comes from. The concept of Salek appealed to me tremendously, because we can make a difference by ensuring that the money is really well spent.
At the time I started at Salek I worked in commercial fundraising, I noticed that there are many opportunities but there are also a lot to the rake.
After a visit to Guinea in 2006, it was me that again as additional well clear.
There driving there or beautiful cars around UNICEF and UNHCR, but there is a lot of poverty. The enrich themselves richer and the poor get poorer ....

Well still anything about myself; I work with mentally disabled children and am 27 years old. (2009)
We have a foster daughter of 11 at home and then so just a baby. I am also active within the SP, have a small business; and some hobbies!

My name is Guido Naezer (chairman), I'm 33 years (2009), living in Arnhem and married to Rosario.

Since October 2008, I joined Foundation Salek. I like to do something socially and to commit myself for that. I would love to give the foundation and the projects further shape. I also find it interesting to go into the discussion of how we as a foundation actually support can give to Africa and which is therefore the best way.

And last I like to put a club enthusiastic people together something down!

I'm Yvon Sinke, 43 years and live in Arnhem. Besides, I was also a former board member volunteer coordinator at Salek.

Socially relevant projects have always had my interest. I am glad that I can help with these enthusiastic people, the local people of Africa by creating the conditions for good education.

I believe in the power of man and am convinced that education is the best way to stimulate the development and thus the prosperity of their own country. In addition, I find it entertaining and instructive to actively contribute and to help shape these projects.