Goal: children in school, not in the mines!

We want better working and living conditions for the mine workers families in Potosí (Bolivia). We deliver structural contributions to improve the quality of education and stimulate children to follow education to improve their chances on the job market. Because children are supposed to be in school, not in the mines! We think it is important that people in the Netherlands and beyond are aware of the situation in Potosí. We want people to know what we are doing to improve the situation and how they can help to stop child labour.


We don’t come up with solutions here in the Netherlands, the beneficiaries can do that better themselves. This is why the projects are done in cooperation with those who receive the help. With our small-scale education projects in the city of Potosí and on the country side around Potosí we stimulate children to go (and remain) in school. We want to make the education on the country side more attractive for both children and teachers. And if parents understand how important education is we can help more motivated youngsters on their way to a healthy job. 

80% of the school children in Potosí is involved in the work in the mines. Either they work there themselves or their fathers do. We want to accomplish a world wherein it is not logical for these children to work in the mines. 

We always ask the involvement and cooperation of those who receive the help: they help build or transport construction materials. This way it becomes their project too. We strive for as little exploitation costs as possible. If there are costs they should be born as much as possible by the community or the school, we don’t want to create dependence. As much as possible we use existing structures and local knowledge, tools, and materials that stimulate the local economy. Concretely: we don’t bring computers to them (too expensive and illogical) but buy them there. 

Working method

We work with a team of local people, consisting mainly of volunteers. They know the region, know what is going on and make sure local initiatives and ideas find their way to us. They ensure a good preparation, execution and reporting of the projects. We help them to set up a project proposal and then we take care of fundraising in the Netherlands. In addition to this we support and help the volunteers (building up their capacities) whereby there is an exchange of knowledge and experience. This happens regularly, either through skype, email, or the yearly work visit.

The foundation receives gifts and donations from individuals, churches, schools, companies and other organizations. We receive donations from people who are involved and who like to see their money go directly to the where it is needed and will lead to concrete results. Without unnecessary costs.

Financial accountability

Key figurer 2013 2012
Revenues from own fundraising activities 9.293 11.800
Revenues from general subsidy 0 0
Revenues from project grants 25.370 13.000
Interest 217 144
  34.880 24.944
Devoted from the goal 29.653 15.698
Recruitment costs income 745 748
Management ans administration costs 768 236
  31.166 16.681
Results 3.713 8.263
Spending on target 95,1% 94,1%
Financial steady activa 26.181 24.610
Progress and running over activa 0 0
  26.181 24.610
Foundation capacity free 5.280 5.280
Foundation capacity for goal 18.713 15.000
Facilities 2.188 2.931
Shortterm debt 0 1.399
  26.181 24.610