“A CHANGE FOR ME, A CHANGE FOR THEM”  - Didi Foundation
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Didi is...

Hello my name is Stephanie van Koolwijk. I was born in India in 1981 and at only 5 days old I was left on the steps of 'St. Jude's Foundling Home' in Jhansi, around 424 km from Delhi. From there I was later adopted and moved to the Netherlands.


I spent the first few months of my life in this children's home where the nuns took great care of me. At that time it was still possible to give children a second chance in life in European countries, and I was one of them. Over the years as I grew older, I became increasingly curious about my real identity. In April 2007 I decided to try to find my roots. So with a huge rucksack on my back I set off alone to spend a month in India. I stayed in 'St. Jude's Foundling Home' for one week. I first went back to visit the children’s home at the age of 16, but when I went back for the second time I noticed that in 10 years nothing had really changed. It was incredible to see what conditions those children were still living in.



THIS TRIP SPURRED ME ON TO DO SOMETHING FOR THESE CHILDREN!



After many months of dealing with various agencies, and a huge amount of paperwork, on November 13, 2007 the foundation officially became the Didi Foundation. The foundation is made up of 3 members. Marlies Landman - the Treasurer, Renate Brugman - the Secretary and me - the Chairperson. In the meantime, they have also visited the children’s home as have I. We have also been registered as an ANBI foundation since 2008. The ANBI is a public welfare institution that provides tax relief such as ‘gift aid’ to charities.

Didi means 'big sister' in India, and as all the kids already called me Didi this was an obvious choice for the name.

I am actively involved with the Didi Foundation all year round (in addition to my normal full-time work) finding ways to raise money for the children. The money raised allows me to go back to India twice a year, to improve the children’s living conditions bit by bit each time I visit.


As a donor you may have no idea how important you are to the foundation. I can assure you that your contribution means everything because I can see when I go back to visit twice a year that all of your money is spent in the best way possible. Together we provide great support for these children’s lives and futures.


A CHANCE FOR ME, A CHANCE FOR THEM!




Support Didi Foundation

Your one-off or regular donations are more than welcome. 


You can make a donation to the following account number: NL 66 RABO 0138.8208.05. Account holder name: Stichting Didi Foundation. Please state your (company) name or 'anonymous'. If we receive your donation and you haven’t stated your name, your name will not be published in the Didi Foundation news for privacy reasons.


If you have any questions or you would like to support Didi Foundation by organizing something at school, work or anywhere else you can think of, let us know via our contact form. We would be happy to come along.

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Stephanie personally visited our new project in Jaipur at the start of this year. A remarkable time in which she was able to see and learn a lot. A special trip full of wonderful experiences.


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A CHANCE FOR ME, A CHANCE FOR THEM!

Didi Foundation

KVK: 17214098
Phone number: 0031 6 3190 1489

E-mail address: didifoundation@gmail.com

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