My name is Ellen Fober, born in Brunssum and currently living in Heemskerk.
After travelling through South Africa for a few weeks, I was struck by the great difference between wealth and poverty. When I returned home , I felt that I wanted to do something with my feeling . 4 months later I returned to South Africa as a volunteer, invited by Stenden University Port Alfred . I worked at several projects in township Nemato in Port Alfred and at JJH Foster Home in Alexandria where 80-100 Foster children between 0-18 years are living.
Because of the many contacts I got after volunteering, I was asked to take over de Nemato Foundation , I did not have to think twice about this opportunity.
Now the Nemato Foundation Netherlands works with Child Welfare Port Alfred and with the board of JJH Foster Home.
In October 2014 I made a new volunteer programm in collaboration with Child Welfare Port Alfred and the Dorr Family in Alexandria . Anyone who is interested in volunteering, please contact me. You are very welcome!
On a regular base I ask attention for the projects by giving lectures and through exhibitions of pastel drawing that I make myself from the children from the townships.
From the First of may 2015 I will replace AliseZijlstra because of her busy schedual.
My name is Audrey Meesters. I am 24 years old and living in Schagen.
During my study at the Stenden University in Leeuwarden, I decided to follow my minor Event Management for 2,5 months at the Stenden University in Port Alfred (South Africa).
During this 2,5 months I felt in love with South Africa, but I was also very shocked of the poverty and difference in this Country. In these 2,5 months I visited several projects in the NematoTownship and also JJH Foster Home in Alexandria.
Because I experienced these project closely, I would like to work and help the Nemato Foundation Netherlands.
Treasurer: Ton Duijn
Related to busy work by Hans de Waard is per 1-12-2014 the Treasury retrieved by Ton Duijn.
My name is Alise Zijlstra and I live in Witmarsum, the Netherlands. I am 23 years old. For my last year internship (Social work) I lived in Port Alfred, South Africa for eleven months (2012-2013). I worked at two projects in the Nemato Township, Enkuthazweni and Ingubo. I met lots of people there, also Ellen when she came to Ingubo as a volunteer.
When I came back to the Netherlands, Ellen asked me to become a board member of the Nemato Foundation. This made me very happy, I still can contribute to the projects in the township even though I am far away. They need all the help!
My name is Gunther Johannsen, born in Germany in 1939 and went with my parents to SA in 1951.
I retired in 2000 after selling my Computer Software Company.
Besides other functions, I am since 7 years I the administrator and treasurer of Child Welfare Port Alfred. I also was a boardmemeber of Nemato Foundation SA for several years untill we decided with the board of Nemato Foundation Netherlands that we coöperate directly with Nemato Foundation Netherlands and Child Welfare Port Alfred.
I am Nomalizo Mpambani known as Lizo. I am originally from Port Alfred. I did my basic schooling at Dambuza Primary, Mtyobo Primary and Nomzamo Secondary School. I then went to study at Rhodes University where I obtained a Bachelor of Social Science in 2009 and Post Graduate Certificate in Education 2010. In 2011 I joined Child Welfare and was employed as a community development worker. In 2015 I enrolled at UNISA for a Bachelor of Social Work. Through Child Welfare I got an opportunity to work close with Nemato Foundation volunteers from Holland. I was also fortunate enough as Nemato Foundation funded my studies as from 2016. I was suppose to finish my studies this year but I had to put my studies on hold as I had to start new employment in July this year.
My name is Sally Blake and I was born and raised in England. I moved to South Africa in
1981 and up until December of 2017 I had been teaching in a Montessori school in Johannesburg for the last eighteen years, I operated as Deputy Principal. At the end of last year my husband and I decided to move to Port Alfred. This gave me the opportunity to offer my services as a volunteer particularly working with children, as my passion lies in being involved in their learning and growing. Having met Ellen and understanding the work of the Nemato Foundation will hopefully allow me to volunteer on the different projects and follow my passion in helping whenever and wherever I can.
Ellen Fober, chairwoman
Gunther Johannsen, treasurer
Nomalizo Mpambani, secretary
We all send our best wishes and thanks for the many projects that you have completed, that have benefitted the Nemato community.
Wilma Slieker President Rotary Anns Club
No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background or his religion.
People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.