Gered Gereedschap supports craftsmen and women in developing countries. Our general programme objectives are laid down in our Foundation’s Articles. Our long-term approach is laid down in our policy plan and strategy paper.
The board as well as staff of the foundation is involved in developing, monitoring and adjusting these plans. During national meetings, workshops and volunteers are asked for their input as well. We also invite partners, volunteers and other aid organisations about their views on our plans.
Based on our long-term vision and established plans we set our objectives per year. We determine which building blocks will be used, which projects will be supported and decide which partners to cooperate with. Our objectives are laid down in our annual plan.
The board and staff members will evaluate several times per year to analyse the extent to which the results achieved have met the stated objectives.
The management of Stichting Dienstencentrum Gered Gereedschap is the responsibility of the Board of the Foundation. They define the main lines of policy and take decisions at strategic level. To do so, they will consult project managers and volunteers from Gered Gereedschap.
The board has five members all of whom actively participate in the implementation. All board members are related to Gered Gereedschap on a voluntary and unpaid basis. The board consists of the following members:
Bob de Koff
‘I’m committed to GG because it is a wonderful organisation that supports the poor in Africa by giving them vocational education, helps them to find a job or to become an entrepreneur – thus making people self-supporting. Collecting used tools prevents unnecessary environmental impact and we also offer an opportunity to 500 enthusiastic volunteers to participate in this good cause.’
‘For me, Gered Gereedschap is the way to provide specific and practical help to craftspeople in Africa. It cuts both ways; it makes the recipients in Africa self-reliant, it is a useful activity for the many volunteers who refurbish the tools in the Netherlands and we contribute to a better environment by recycling the tools. This motivates me to dedicate myself to this beautiful organisation.’
‘To me, Gered Gereedschap is a special and smart organisation. Tools you would normally dispose of is collected by us. They are refurbished and send to an African country for a second life. About 500 volunteers throughout the Netherlands are actively involved in this. How lovely is that!’
‘From my work as an entrepreneur and supervisor of technical projects I have experienced how important good tools are. Gered Gereedschap is a solid organization that, with the help of many volunteers in the Netherlands, has been refurbishing tools for decades with which young people in various countries in Africa can be trained to become professionals. I like to use my administrative knowledge and my vision for this organization.’
Stichting Dienstencentrum Gered Gereedschap
RSIN number 8526 48 340.
Chamber of Commerce number: 57592942.
ABN-AMRO: NL 93 ABNA 040 18 40 980
Triodos Bank: NL 34 TRIO 021 21 12 430
Address: M van Bouwdijk Bastiaansestraat 58, 1054 SP, Amsterdam.
E-mail: info (at) geredgereedschap.nl
Telephone: +31 (0)6 14 23 05 18