How did it all start? In 2009 Mr. Bo Teerling made a trip to Malawi. There he came into contact with the direct consequences of the famine in that country. It was already terrible for him to experience that. When you see children giving up their courage and laying on the roadside, waiting for death… It didn’t let go of him.

The art of Charity foundation was founded in 2010. In that year the foundation started giving concrete help to farmers in growing maize: the Food For Life project.

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Art of Charity Foundation

Groote Woldweg 22
8097 RS Oosterwolde

Chairman: B. Teerling
Vice chairman: H. Geertsma
Secretary: D.F. Ensing

Numbers and documents

We are a recognized charity.

Our income is spent responsibly and we bear the label of the CBF Central Bureau Fundraising.
We strive to be as transparent as possible in our financial spending. You can read all about it in our annual reports.

Gifts that you donate to charity are exempt from gift tax. We have been designated by the tax authorities as an ANBI Algemeen Nut Beogende Instelling. This means that we can make use of the tax benefits.

>> Download here: Charity Annual accounts 2019

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Core data

Statutory name; Stichting The Art of Charity

Public name: Charity

Fiscal code: 822291319

ANBI Rsin 822291319

Post address: Postbus 4182 7320AD Apeldoorn

Visiting address: Rondweg 90 Wezep

Governance:

The board of the foundation consists of three persons: B. Teerling (chairman / treasurer), D.F. Ensing (secretary) and H. Geertsma (vice-chairman).

Purpose:

Helping people in developing countries to grow food in a better way on their own land, making them economically independent and combating food shortages. The foundation currently focuses on Malawi.

Policy:

The project plan that the foundation is implementing in Malawi is called “Food For Life”. It means that participants get a field of 700 m2 and the resources needed to grow maize on that field. Food For Life is an improved version of the Farming God’s Way system. The project achieves a much higher yield than the traditional farming method in Malawi.

All residents of a village can participate in the project. Chiefs determine who can participate when demand exceeds supply. Local committees carry out planning and policy under the governance of an NGO. The NGO Food For LiFe Malawi Limited was recognized by the government on December 13, 2017. The board is formed by four Malawians and a board member of The Art of Charity Foundation in the Netherlands. In Malawi, the NGO works together with various population groups and churches. About the NGO, see further under “Development of the project in Malawi”.

With regard to financing: funds for the project will be obtained, among other things, through the sale of new living and office furniture in the showroom, Rondweg 90 in Wezep and via the internet (see under “Support from the Netherlands”). In addition, an appeal is made to private individuals, churches, companies and organizations through media and personal contacts. The media, in particular, include the Nederlands Dagblad, the Reformatorisch Dagblad, free local papers, Groot Nieuws Radio, the EO, the local broadcaster and social media). Our project was again on radio and television in 2019. We notice that brand awareness is increasing.

Because the foundation does not employ paid workers, all the money that comes in – apart from a limited volunteer fee – is spent on the goal of the project. Various volunteers enthusiastically participate in public relations, fundraising, the supply and sale of goods in the showroom and the care of the website www.helpmalawi.nu and www.livingfair.nl. One volunteer we had to say goodbye to in 2019 was Mr Joop Canbier. We are grateful to him for his enthusiastic commitment to the foundation, especially in his efforts to raise funds for the project.

In the meantime, on the initiative of the Reformed Mission Association, consideration is being given to expanding the project to Ethiopia. That would have to be done from Malawi itself. However, it is not a short term thing. As far as our foundation is concerned, a plan for expansion to Mozambique is off the table. The Gereformeerde Zendingsbond will continue to work on this independently.

one perspective of our work is that Food For Life will be made independent and can therefore be continued without help from the Netherlands. To this end, it is necessary to build up the capacity in Malawi that guarantees continuity. With this in mind, the project entered a new phase in 2018, the consolidation phase. A clear course has been set out for this new phase in consultation with the participants in Malawi. This course has been outlined in the business plan for 2018-2021. That business plan was completed and adopted in 2019. It can be viewed on the foundation’s website.

The CBF asks that the foundation can demonstrate from 2020 that it pays attention to integrity and the possibility of unacceptable behavior. An official protocol is not necessarily necessary for an organization like ours, but for the sake of clarity, we drew up such a protocol in 2019. It has been sent to the volunteers and published on the website.

Communication

Communication about the project takes place via the website of the foundation, Facebook and Whatsapp and via church magazines of the relevant church congregations. The website was updated in 2019. The sales and profit figures of the showroom are published weekly via Whatsapp.

Risks

The risks associated with the project include the possibility of crop failures and the possibility of too little money coming in to finance the project according to plan. In the worst case, that should mean reducing the size of the project. It goes without saying that the foundation will do its utmost to prevent that scenario if necessary. Fortunately, there is currently enough money coming in to just think about expansion.

Another risk is the possibility that the chairman will drop out. With his many activities, he plays an important role in the project and can therefore be sorely missed. Someone is now available to take his place if something should happen to him. At the same time, the possibility of a better division of tasks continues to receive attention.

Meetings

The board met four times in 2019 (January 21, June 4, September 4 and November 20). These meetings discussed all aspects of the foundation’s work, the chairman’s trips to Malawi and the developments surrounding the Food For Life project.

A report was drawn up of each meeting, which was adopted, signed and subsequently archived at the following (regular) meeting.

Informal meetings with volunteers were held on 5 June and 27 November. The meetings, with coffee and cake, snacks and drinks, were intended as a token of appreciation for the work of the volunteers and were all about mutual contact. At the same time, further information was provided on the situation in Malawi and on the progress of the Food for Life project.

Travel to Malawi

The trips are intended to take stock of the situation at the project sites, to consult with the managers and the government, to encourage and encourage participants and, where necessary, to give directions with a view to improving the results.

Mr. Teerling visited Malawi three times during the reporting period, from 11 to 23 February (together with his son Pieter-Christiaan), from 6 to 25 May (together with his wife) and from 1 to 24 October (again together with son Pieter-Christiaan).

The first trip was mainly devoted to a separate project that son Pieter-Christiaan wants to set up: the purchase of land for organic farming. This project has a clear relationship with FFL, but is completely separate from the work of our foundation in business (and therefore also financially). For Mr. Teerling senior, the trip was a good opportunity to make contacts.

During the trip in May, special attention was paid to the NGO (see under “Development of the project in Malawi”). Furthermore, during this trip, Mr. Teerling was confronted several times with serious illness in the families involved in our project. This raised the question of whether it is our way to provide (financial) assistance in such situations. That question was discussed in a board meeting and also at the volunteer meeting of 5 June. The conclusion was that we can look for and point ways to help, but that we must limit ourselves to them, also in order to avoid setting precedents. Our foundation was established for an agricultural project. The money she asks for and receives are specifically intended for that purpose and therefore cannot simply be spent on other forms of aid.

Mr Teerling made an extensive report of his trip in October, indicating per village when a visit was made, how many were present during that visit, the number of participants in the project, what the state of play was. and what decisions have been taken for the coming period. Both strengths and weaknesses are mentioned in the report. During this trip, Son Pieter-Christiaan has concentrated on his own project again.

The visits of Mr. Teerling and his fellow travelers are received with enthusiasm and every time turn out to be very tiring, but also very meaningful.

An attempt is now being made to organize a group trip to Malawi. For the time being, this is based on a trip of eighteen days, from mid-April to the beginning of May 2020. The aim is to have a number of sixteen participants.

Developments of the project in Malawi

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The project started in 2012 with 27 farmers and has now grown to a number of officially 4,500 participants by the end of 2019. In practice, more than 4,000 farmers started that year.

The aim is to reach a number of 10,000 participants by 2023.

In 2019 it was again observed that on the fields where Food For Life was applied, the yield was higher than with the traditional agricultural method and that the cobs looked much better. Thanks to Food For Life, 34,000 people in Malawi have food every day all year round. With the traditional method, applied to the same number of fields, that number would not exceed 4,500.

The report of Mr Teerling’s trip in October shows again that the results are very good, especially in the north of Malawi, and that the south is doing a lot worse. In the south there is enthusiasm about the system, because there, too, it is observed that the yield is higher than with the traditional agricultural method. However, the participants are not real farmers and do not have the necessary knowledge and skills.

Taken as a whole in Malawi, yields are good in 80% of cases, moderate in 10% and poor in 10%. One area was downright unlucky. There, part of the stock was lost due to a flood. In addition, a large stock of maize was lost due to an administrative error by the government. Despite this, a total of 1700 tons was brought in this year, 200 tons more than in 2018.

There has been a plan to open its own office in Lilongwe for the NGO. In this way it would be easier to meet the conditions set by the government. The government wants to actively inspect how the NGOs do their work. There is already an office in Chitunda, but it is somewhat primitive and should be done up considerably. Ultimately, the plan was abandoned, the building they had in mind was too big and too expensive.

The NGO did not function as we would like it to be this year. A major cause was President Thomson’s illness. Eventually it became clear that the chairman had to be replaced because he had no energy left to work for the NGO. A few things have also changed in the further composition of the NGO, in order to obtain a more balanced distribution across churches and regions. Another cause of the poor functioning of the NGO could be that the members only receive a volunteer allowance and no salary. In the meantime, the situation is progressing. A constitution for the NGO was drawn up from its own ranks in 2019.

Steun vanuit Nederland

In the showroom in Wezep – and also via the internet – new furniture can be purchased from certain companies at no extra cost, whereby at least 20% (sometimes even 50%) of the amount will go to the project in Malawi. In 2019, there was always a generous supply of new living and office furniture. Sales varied, but generally went well. The average yield was about 2500 to 3000 euros per month. The actual financial data can be found in the annual figures. The showroom is open 18 hours a week, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It turns out to be an excellent means of raising awareness of the project.

There are plenty of volunteers to help assemble furniture and the like, but there is still too little help with the sale. Attempts to recruit new staff for this have so far been unsuccessful.

The showroom was redesigned in August 2019 and then reopened by the acting mayor of the municipality of Oldebroek.

Income was further generated through contributions from individuals, businesses, churches and organizations. Looking back on 2019, we can again speak of an exceptionally good result. A lot of donations have been received and various persons and agencies have donated substantial amounts. The General Diaconal Commission of the Restored Reformed Church has finally decided to support our work. We are very happy with that.

We have also requested and received a place on the Charity List. That is a list that is maintained by the diaconate of the Christian Reformed Churches and of which several churches use.

A volunteer is willing to call companies found that have visited the website in order to encourage them to contact them further.

The growing flow of gifts and sponsor contributions means that the continued existence of the project will become less dependent on the proceeds from sales in the showroom. Because that sale is so labor-intensive, it is also our ideal to no longer need that means.

As a result of the broadcasts via Groot Nieuws Radio, a contact was established with someone who has a company in India. That company can be important for the harvest in Malawi by producing good compost.

No new loans were taken out in 2019. Existing loans have been / will be paid off by agreement or in consultation.

In its meeting of September 4, 2019, the board adopted the annual accounts and annual report for 2018.

It can also be reported that the foundation received a donation of 3,000 euros with a view to the one-off edition of a magazine. We have made good use of that. It turned out to be a nice 16-page edition with all kinds of information about the foundation and the project. It was sent to all contacts of the foundation and distributed among the members in a number of churches.

And lost but not least

It should also be mentioned that Mr. Godwin, one of our contacts in Malawi, who came to the Netherlands in 2018 to study at the Theological University in Kampen, completed that study and returned to his country in August 2019. Meanwhile, a new student from Malawi has arrived in Kampen: Mr Davey.

In conclusion, we are grateful that we also experienced God’s blessing on our project and the work of our foundation in 2019.

>> Download here Jaarrekening 2018 Charity incl bestuursverslag

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Core data

Statutory naam; Stichting The Art of Charity

Public name: Charity

Fiscal number: 822291319

ANBI Rsin 822291319

Post address: Postbus 4182 7320AD Apeldoorn

Visiting address: Rondweg 90 Wezep

Governance:

The board of the foundation consists of three persons: B. Teerling (chairman / treasurer), D.F. Ensing (secretary) and H. Geertsma (vice-chairman).

Purpose:

Helping people in developing countries to grow food in a better way on their own land, making them economically independent and combating food shortages. The foundation currently focuses on Malawi.

Politics:

The project plan that the foundation is implementing in Malawi is called “Food For Life”. It means that participants get a field of 700 m2 and the resources needed to grow maize on that field. Food For Life is an improved version of the Farming God’s Way system. The project achieves a much higher yield than the traditional farming method in Malawi.

All residents of a village can participate in the project. Chiefs determine who can participate when demand exceeds supply. Local committees carry out planning and policy under the governance of an NGO. The NGO Food For LiFe Malawi Limited was recognized by the government on December 13, 2017. The board is formed by four Malawians and a board member of The Art of Charity Foundation in the Netherlands. In Malawi, the NGO works together with various population groups and churches.

In the Netherlands, fundraising is being done through the sale of new living and office furniture in the showroom, Rondweg 90 in Wezep and via the internet (see under “Support from the Netherlands”). In addition, an appeal is made to private individuals, churches, companies and organizations through media and personal contacts. The media, in particular, include the Nederlands Dagblad, the Reformatorisch Dagblad, free local papers, Groot Nieuws Radio, the EO, the local broadcaster and social media).

Because the foundation does not employ paid workers, all the money that comes in – apart from a limited volunteer fee – is spent on the goal of the project. Various volunteers enthusiastically participate in public relations, fundraising, the supply and sale of goods in the showroom and the care of the website www.helpmalawi.nu and www.livingfair.nl

Communication

Communication about the project takes place via the website of the foundation, Facebook and Whatsapp and via church magazines of the relevant church congregations. The sales and profit figures of the showroom are published weekly via Whatsapp. Work is still underway to regularly receive reports from Malawi, so that those involved in the Netherlands can keep up to date with the progress of the project.

Risks

The risks associated with the project include the possibility of crop failures and the possibility that too little money will come in to finance the project according to plan. In the worst case, that should mean reducing the size of the project. It goes without saying that the foundation will do its utmost to prevent that scenario if necessary. Fortunately, enough money is coming in at the moment to only have to think about expansion (see under “Development of the project in Malawi”).

Another risk is the possibility that the chairman will drop out. With his many activities, he plays an important role in the project and can therefore be sorely missed. Someone is now available to take his place if something should happen to him. At the same time, the possibility of a better division of tasks continues to receive attention.

The ultimate perspective is that the project will be made independent and can therefore be continued without help from the Netherlands. To this end, it is necessary to build capacity in Malawi that offers a guarantee of continuity. With this in mind, the project entered a new phase in 2018, the consolidation phase. A clear course has been set out for this new phase in consultation with the participants in Malawi. This course has been outlined in the business plan for 2018-2021, which can be viewed on the website of the foundation.

Meetings

The board met four times in 2018 (February 27, May 7, August 15 and November 20). These meetings discussed all aspects of the foundation’s work, the chairman’s trips to Malawi and the developments surrounding the Food For Life project.

In addition to the regular meetings, a digital meeting was held once (on 9 March) to take several board decisions with a view to CBF recognition (see under “Support from the Netherlands”).

A report was drawn up of each meeting, which was adopted, signed and subsequently archived at the following (regular) meeting.

On October 9 there was a meeting with volunteers. In it, the chairman told a few things about his most recent trip to Malawi. Furthermore, the state of affairs regarding voluntary work has been drawn up and further agreements have been made for the follow-up, including with regard to public relations

Travel to Malawi

The trips are intended to take stock of the situation at the project sites, to consult with the managers and the government, to encourage and encourage participants and, where necessary, to give directions with a view to improving the results.

Mr Teerling visited Malawi three times during the reporting period, from December 18 to January 25, 2018 (together with his wife), from April 9 to April 24, 2018 (with his wife and Mr and Mrs Steendam) and from September 10 to October 4, 2018 (together with his son Pieter-Christiaan). A blog has been kept of the first trip, which can be found on the website www.helpmalawi.nu. During that trip, Mr. and Mrs. Teerling were invited to an interview with the agriculture working group of the parliament and the speaker of the parliament in Malawi, who are committed to the project. During the second trip, a demonstration of the Food For Life method was given to a large group of people, including representatives from churches and village chiefs. During the third trip, a demonstration was given of working with compost and discussions were held with a view to organic farming. Furthermore, there was another conversation with the speaker of parliament.

The visits of Mr. Teerling and his fellow travelers are received with enthusiasm and turn out to be meaningful and very tiring every time.

Development of the project in Malawi

The project started in 2012 with 27 farmers and has now grown to a number of 3,668 participants in 2018. There are 4,900 farmers on the waiting list.

In 2018 it was again observed that on the fields where Food For Life was applied, the yield was higher than with the traditional agricultural method and that the cobs looked much better. The yield was somewhat lower than that of previous years, but that does not alter the fact that again a positive result can be considered. Thanks to Food For Life, 30,000 people in Malawi have food every day all year round. With the traditional method, applied to the same number of fields, that number would not exceed 4,500.

The strong growth of the project and its spread across the country did, however, mean that the challenge was considerable logistically and financially. At one point, the administration in the southern region, where production was lowest, considered stopping the project. However, Malawi was urgently asked not to. That is why the board decided to continue there for the time being. It was experienced as a special blessing when the project turned out to be able to receive support from the General Diaconal Commission of the Restored Reformed Church in that region, on the basis of an investigation that the council had carried out there. That support suddenly offered opportunities for further growth. The aim is now to reach a number of 10,000 participants in the coming years.

In 2018, a lot of thought was put into producing good, enriched compost instead of fertilizer. This is very important to make the project a success in the long term. With a number of 10,000 participants and sufficient availability of enriched compost, the costs and benefits will be in balance and financial assistance from the Netherlands will no longer be necessary.

The production of the enriched compost will be more centralized at a number of locations, including in the large cities, where a lot of manure is available. Straw cutters were brought in from the Netherlands to cut the required greenery into small pieces. Training should be held to teach farmers how to make this compost. Due to the distances, this will have to be done in different places, but we will start in a training center and trial center in the middle of the country. Thanks to the support of the government in Malawi, more and more doors are opening and opportunities arise that we otherwise would not have. This also gives us the opportunity to set up an “exemplary village”. This happens in Chisempheri, a village where our project functions very well, with many enthusiastic participants.

One concern is the fact that the NGO in Malawi is not yet functioning as it should. This is partly because the chairman has been very ill and his duties have not been taken over by someone else. The necessary attention will be given to the functioning of the NGO in the coming period. A qualitatively strong NGO is an important condition for the continued existence and independence of the project.

Support from the Netherlands

With regard to the showroom in Wezep, the previous annual report already mentioned the transition we made to sales via affiliation. In the shop – and also via the internet – you can buy new furniture from certain companies at no extra cost, whereby at least 20% (sometimes even 50%) of the amount will go to the project in Malawi. There was always a generous supply of new living and office furniture in 2018. Sales varied, but generally went well. You will find the actual financial data in the annual figures. The showroom is open 18 hours a week, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It turns out to be an excellent means of raising awareness of the project. From time to time there is even international interest.

There are plenty of volunteers to help assemble furniture and the like, but still too little help with the sale. Attempts to recruit new staff for this have so far been unsuccessful.

Income was further generated through contributions from individuals, businesses, churches and organizations. Looking back on 2018, we can speak of an exceptionally good result. A lot of donations have been received and various agencies have donated substantial amounts. The Wilde Ganzen foundation, which has helped us before, can again offer financial support, because the capacity building in Malawi is in fact a new project. The support of the General Diaconal Commission of the Restored Reformed Church has already been mentioned under “Developments of the project in Malawi”. The GDC regards the first year as a pilot for 400 farmers. As a result of broadcasts via Groot Nieuws Radio, a contact was made with an entrepreneur who has a company in India that can offer help in producing good compost.

The growing stream of gifts and sponsorship contributions means that the continued existence of the project will become less dependent on the proceeds from sales in the showroom.

No new loans were taken out in 2018. Existing loans have been / will be paid off by agreement or in consultation.

In its meeting of 15 August, the board approved the 2016 and 2017 annual accounts.

An important development in 2018 was that the foundation has received recognition from the CBF (Central Bureau Fundraising). The Recognition is the quality mark for charities issued by the CBF as a supervisor. Only charities that meet strict quality requirements can receive the Recognition. In this context, the CBF website states: “For example, you can assume that Recognized Charities actually contribute to a better world, handle each euro carefully, are accountable and are independently audited.”

Finally, it should be noted that one of our contacts in Malawi (Godwin) came to the Netherlands in 2018 for a year in order to study at the Theological University in Kampen. The study is paid for by the TU and the PKN in Oosterwolde provides further financial support. The board is looking into the possibilities of having Godwin provide information about the Food For Life project.

Throughout 2018 we were able to enjoy the warmth rays and blessings of God’s love on this project. That gives an incredibly grateful heart.

>> Download here: Definitieve jaarrekening 2017

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Core data

Statuary name: Stichting The Art of Charity

Public name: Charity

Fiscal code: 822291319

ANBI Rsin 822291319

Post address: Postbus 4182 7320AD Apeldoorn

Visit address: Rondweg 90 Wezep

Goverment:

The board consists of three persons: B. Teerling (chairman), H. Geertsma (vice chairman / treasurer) and D. F. Ensing (secretary).

The board met four times in 2017 (January 14, April 11, August 7 and October 23). The meetings discussed all aspects of the foundation’s work, the chairman’s trips to Malawi and the developments surrounding the Food for Life project in that country.

A report was made of each meeting, which was adopted at the next meeting, signed and then archived

Travel to Malawi

Mr Teerling made three trips to Malawi in 2017, from May 15 to June 8), from September 25 to October 5 (together with Mr A. Oostendorp) and from December 18 to January 25, 2018 (with his wife). The trips were intended to take stock of the status of the project sites, to consult with the managers, to encourage and encourage participants and, where necessary, to give directions with a view to improving the results. An important point of attention this year was the establishment of a non-governmental organization in Malawi (see further under “Development of the project in Malawi”). The visits of Mr. Teerling and his fellow travelers were received with enthusiasm and proved fruitful every time.

Development of the project in Malawi

The aim was to plant 4,000 fields in 2017. This turned out to be unfeasible because sufficient financial resources were not available. It still became 3,500 (1,400 more than in 2016). As a result, about 27,000 people had food every day for a year. There was an upward trend in the revenues. Where in the past there was a yield of 24 bags per acre, a yield of 63 bags per acre was determined during the May / June visit. The fields were well maintained: there were practically no weeds to be found. In most places people stick to paying the agreed 40% of the yield. The spin-off of the project is also special. There are already more than 1200 farmers who apply the Food for Life method independently on their own land.

Issues that have been considered this year are: setting up training centers for making and using enriched compost (straw cutters have been and will also be brought to Malawi for that purpose), making cows available for (among other things) manure production and setting up an exemplary village that also offers support for crops other than maize. The goal of this exemplary village is: to work on sustainability and the long-term viability of the project. In addition, the possibility of introducing the Mansholt system for the provision of microcredits has been and is being considered.

The first meeting of the NGO was being set up on 7 June. The board consists of people who are fully committed to the cause. In the meantime, the project has also become clearly visible to the government. During his visit in September / October, Mr Teerling was invited to present the project to seven members of parliament together with the five directors and four members of the NGO. They asked the right questions about the project. The Speaker of the Malawi Parliament also appeared to be very interested and has pledged his help. In December, the government issued the official NGO certificate. This offers opportunities for the project that were not there until now.

Support from the Netherland

The sale of living and office furniture has undergone a major change this year. A transition has been made to affiliate sales. This means that people can buy new furniture from a specific company via the internet and via the showroom on the Rondweg in Wezep – at no extra cost, whereby at least 20% (sometimes even 50%) of the amount will benefit from the project in Malawi. Until now, the website is for internet sales www.helpmalawi.nu used, but new websites are being developed under the names officefair.nl and livingfair.nl.

The sale of used living furniture in the showroom was discontinued at the beginning of 2017. Actions have been taken in which all kinds of things were offered for free, but which still yielded about 3000 euros through donations. The showroom was refurbished, with mainly new furniture. The redesigned showroom was opened on 12 May this year by mayor Hoogendoorn of the municipality of Oldebroek. It has been decided, if possible, to extend the opening hours to a total of 32 hours, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The use of paid workers, which was decided in 2016, was again abandoned in 2017. We are working hard to recruit more volunteers for the sale (see also under “Organization”).

Further income was obtained through donations from churches, businesses and private individuals. The proceeds from donations were higher this year than in 2016. In 2017, contact was also established with a foundation that devotes available resources to initiatives and projects in the developing world. It is expected that Charity will also receive a contribution from this foundation.

It has been decided that further action will be taken towards churches and businesses. Incidentally, this year, too, publicity has been given to the work of Charity in many ways. The outlet in particular has been regularly brought to the attention. The weekly magazine Huis aan Huis in Oldebroek and environs has chosen Food for Life as project of the year. This means that the project has been mentioned regularly in this magazine. The foundation also applied for CBF recognition in 2017. A number of conditions still have to be met in order for this application to be approved. This will be worked on in early 2018.

In its meeting on 23 October, the board approved the 2015 Financial Statements.

The conversion of the teaching material to a good didactic design could not be completed this year. In the meantime, ways have been sought to publish the material that is already ready, so that it can be used in Malawi.

Consideration has been given to the possibility of having one or more project managers make a trip to the Netherlands. They could therefore provide support here with information. It has not yet come to a concrete plan.

Charity works together with other organizations in the Netherlands that are also active in Malawi, such as Timotheos and Stéphanos. Some organizations have now included the Charity method in their programs.

Organization

For a number of years it had been a point of concern that there were too many tasks and responsibilities for Mr Teerling. In addition to the fact that he was overburdened as a result, this gave concern about the continuity of the project in case he suddenly dropped out. Moreover, the foundation did have a number of – temporary and permanent – volunteers, but there was too little structure in the activities for which they were engaged. This changed at the end of this year. On November 16, a meeting was held in restaurant Coelenhage in Wezep for entrepreneurs in the region, where Mr Ben Hendrix contributed. That meeting prompted a session with committed volunteers on December 13. During that session, an inventory was made of which activities were carried out, how they could be structured and how tasks and responsibilities could be better distributed. Task groups were formed under the management for the outlet, the marketing, finance / administration, knowledge / tools, the relationship with Malawi and miscellaneous (such as recruiting volunteers and ICT matters). Each task group has its own leader and the various task groups consult each other where necessary. In any case, the latter is already done via Dropbox, in which documents are added and updated from time to time. The organizational plans will be further elaborated in 2018. There is also a strong focus on finding more volunteers, at least for the showroom. It was decided to start a trial period to see whether the right people are in the right places.

Current reports

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