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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 verifiable 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 is concerned with raising money through funds, donations and through other activities, for the establishment of educational facilities in disadvantaged areas in Africa.

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

This foundation has currently (April 2013) of 3 board members.
Chair: Vincent van Wenum
Secretary / Treasurer: Ellen Radstake
Board member Robert Jan Lamers

In the picture we are still with 6 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, we also enjoy the support of partners and other volunteers, so we are able to put a serious and enthusiastic organization down!

Our Ambassadors

Ties KoekGeridderd Hans Rijnbende Since January 2009 we are enthusiastically supported by two ambassadors, Hans Rijnbende and Ties cake, both celebrities in Rheden and surroundings.

Ties cake is among others from 1986 18 years long been Mayor of Rheden and has always been closely involved in international trade relations.

Hans Rijnbende known as schoolmaster, choir director, pastor, secretary of the Committee 4 and 5 May, not least as a writer of some wonderful books, mostly about Rheden and surroundings. (Hans sadly had to say goodbye as active ambassador. )

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 that there is no good balance but how do you create more balance and how to prevent further imbalance. I would rather see a structural approach in development aid offered. Where you have a transparent organization that ensures that the majority also gets where it is needed.

This is also the philosophy of 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 5 years old secretary and treasurer of the Foundation 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 that quality education should be, but also that education is practical. Children need it later to something in the labor market, within their families or within their society.
Salek Foundation pursues these goals, in close cooperation with the local population. They know very well what they need. And we also make appointments independently how they will maintain the facilities. Development only makes sense if they can it himself further without remaining dependent on foreign aid.

I'm Robert Jan Lamers, 40 years (2012), residing in Doetinchem. I am responsible for local contacts in the projects and care 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 clear 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 along with four others in 2006 foundation Salek began to put on, so that we ourselves can provide help on the spot.

In this way I hope to contribute a bit to a more equitable 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 organization where every dollar 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 opportunities, which in turn will positively affect the entire environment.

The reason for our projects is the distressing situation in 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.
Only teaching children will be able to put an end to this injustice.

We get money within by creating and participating in activities such as Christmas markets, Queen shearer party and other markets. In addition, we go to schools next 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 have to help a partner organization set up in Nigeria because we ourselves are regularly present, we closely monitor the projects and their finances that each euro of the project is spent and foundation Salek hence, in the most efficient organizations in the Netherlands is.

ANBIs - Tax-free donations

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

We also need to pay tax as Foundation donated a large inheritance or donations for example, we are not liable to VAT.

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

Former board members

Hi, I'm Inge Butterman from Rheden and this is our daughter Rosalie (8-6-2009).
6 years I have been a board member of Salek.
I met Robert Jan and was eager to do something for Africa. We know Africa well, since my husband is 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 moment I started to Salek I worked in commercial fundraising, I noticed that there are many opportunities but also enormous in the rake.
After a visit to Guinea in 2006 was me that again as additional well clear.
There drive there or beautiful cars around UNICEF and UNHCR, but there is a lot of poverty. The richer enrich themselves and the poor get poorer ....

Well even anything about myself; I work with mentally handicapped children and am 27 years old. (2009)
We have a foster daughter of 11 in house and so just a baby. I am also active in 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 before. I would love to give the foundation and the projects further shape. I also find it interesting to go to the discussion of how we as a foundation actually give support 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 old 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 population of Africa by creating the condition for a 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. I find it fun and instructive to think actively and help shape these projects.