About us

The Friends of Bambanani are committed since 2005 to create a better future for the youngest generation of South-Africa. We are an ANBI registered foundation and our financial and managerial accountability we refer to transparante-anbi.nl. Under the heading “What we do” in the menu is a detailed description of our activities. But who are we? Read below the job descriptions and see the facebook page!

Bambanani takes care of 89 schools with together 4550 students. At school, the children can play, learn and dream and get there a daily healthy meal. The teachers are trained by the Foundation at the Bambanani-schools and support so that they see a future with new prospects with confidence.

Bambanani strives to make every school independent and self-sufficient as soon as possible. That is if schools meet the conditions for obtaining grants from the South-African government. You can read more later in the text.


Project and investment manager

Ed Rakhorst our project and investment manager. As project manager Ed bridges the gap between the administration and the activities and organization in South-Africa. He travels to Phalaborwa frequently and advises and reports to the Board on new construction or expansion of schools, on the state of affairs in the plantations, construction of a water tank, etc. Based on his reporting and advisory board determines the activities for the short and medium term. As an investment manager Ed usually visit on invitation, several Dutch organizations and meetings to talk about the activities of Bambanani. Aiming more fans and ambassadors, hoping to inspire more sponsors as well.


Friends

Bambanani has a large group of friends! We are pleased with ‘our grandmothers in North Brabant and Gelderland, who are a new cap knitting every day. With companies such as Jumbo Supermarkets, Hutten, Fudura and DSM, which invest in planting Moringabomen and schools. They help us to combat malnutrition disease. With children like Sam and Jessie, selling bracelets and embrace juice at school Bambanani. All friends, big and small, are welcome!


Construction coordinator

Our local construction coordinator Monique Kruger coordinates the construction projects. She reports when maintenance operations are needed, and the project manager will accordingly. After approval of the board she is responsible for the procurement, applying for the necessary licenses and monitors them to carry out the (construction) work.


Administration

The board of Bambanani based in Netherlands and consists of a chairman, secretary, treasurer and members. The board seize every opportunity to (own expense) to travel and to see the developments on the ground in South-Africa. Where possible, like they stabbing their own hands dirty, for example helping to build food tunnels and the installation of water tanks. And of course, they enjoy than plenty of contact with children; There is nothing more beautiful than their joyful laughter!

The people behind Bambanani

Project and investment manager:

Ed Rakhorst

Ed Rakhorst

Project & investment manager

Working on projects Bambanani, both in the Netherlands and South-Africa, provides me much satisfaction and energy! Talent development of children and teachers, working on self-sufficiency of our 89 schools and realization of Bambanani related projects that contribute to local income, that is what is important. So necessary and important as well and of course  success tastes like more …. A big South-African smile, because that is my reward!

Construction coordinator:

Monique White Kruger

Monique White Kruger

Construction Coordinator

Monique is our construction coordinator spot. She draws plans for the new schools or modifications to existing buildings in AutoCAD. Monique is also owner of Kena Projects.

Local organization Bambanani Community Development Organization (BCDO):

Pinkie Khosa

Pinkie Khosa

Operations manager

Pinkie Khosa is responsible for the implementation of the Bambanani vision in South-Africa. She speaks eight major African languages ​​and can therefore maintain contact with the principals of all schools. She advises schools to apply for grants from the Social Development Department. Pinkie also accompanies the food programs and trains the teachers.

Tendai Mabunda

Tendai Mabunda

Project manager

Tendai visit the Bambanani schools, charting where the need for and corrects it if necessary. Guiding the schools requires patience and repetition. Tendai also supervises the principals and teachers when it comes to education, growing vegetables in their own school garden and sports.

Directors:

Ellen Nelissen

Ellen Nelissen

Secretary

In the Netherlands there are many facilities for children. This is what I wish for children in the poorest areas of South-Africa as well. That the local population contributes and nowadays teachers are trained through our foundation, encourages them and makes me feel from our country here wants to fully deploy to Bambanani. Opportunities to structural changes are possible together with the people and the government.

Jan van Erp

Jan van Erp

Board member

Nice to be able to contribute to the great work of the Bambanani club. Together with a team of dedicated people I feel for the youngest generation in the area around Phalaborwa really make a difference. In recent years we have put steps in developing a more professional organization, beginning now to bear fruit and we will increasingly deliver to ‘growing dreams’. Because the youth, is the future.

Kim van der Heijden

Kim van der Heijden

Chairman

Tears ran down my cheeks with my first (spontaneous) visit a
school in Phalaborwa; This was so different from my own children. And I knew:
for this great foundation I would like to make an active contribution!

Flip de Jongh

Flip de Jongh

Treasurer

Since the establishment of the Friends of Bambanani 2005 I have been a faithful follower of all the great work this organization does for the youngest youth. I think it is a great honor to do my part to contribute as treasurer from 2007 and as a board member from 2015. Our direct contacts there and the regular visits of the board (at their own expense), we can actually really do something for these children. Their needs are great. We hope to count on your financial support.

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