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Stichting Red een Kind (known as Help A Child in the English speaking world) has been supplying aid to some of the world's most vulnerable children for over 42 years. This organization that was started in 1968 on Anky Rookmaaker's kitchen table in the Netherlands, now has an outreach to 190,000 children living in 14 different countries.





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Today the main office is still located in the Netherlands in the town of Zwolle.



























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Anky RookmaakerThe work of Help A Child (the Dutch name of the organization is Stichting Red een Kind) began in the Netherlands when Prof. Hans and Anky Rookmaaker received a direct appeal for help from India in 1967. In response to this appeal they started to make inquiries which brought them face to face with so much misery and suffering that they felt bound to begin a relief action. They placed an article in their denominational newsletter which resulted in many donations. This led to the foundation of "Red een Kind" on March 28th 1968. Anky Rookmaaker was at the helm of Red een Kind for 27 years until her retirement in 1995 at 80 years of age. By that time Red een Kind had grown into an organization through which 50,000 children had received support. Although the Rookmaakers also founded the Dutch branch of L'Abri Fellowship in the early 1970's, Red een Kind became Albert Hengelaarthe life-work of Anky Rookmaaker. She made numerous trips to India and Africa to oversee the work. In 1992 she was decorated with the Order of Orange-Nassau by the Dutch Queen. Albert Hengelaar, a son-in-law of Anky Rookmaaker began working for Red een Kind in 1981. He also had a tenure of 27 years with the organization. He was the director of Red een Kind from 1997 - 2008. Under his able leadership the organization continued the growth trajectory initiated by Mrs. Rookmaaker as he ushered Red een Kind into the next generation.

Leo Visser is the current managing director and has been a director of Red een Kind in the Netherlands since 2004. He describes the career change coming from 25 years in shipping industry management: "One of the most difficult decisions in my life: a career switch into something Leo Vissertotally different, completely unknown! God knows how difficult the decision was and that helped me through. Nevertheless I never regretted the decision. Challenging, stimulating, motivating, inspiring are all words which have a true meaning for me in this job. Everything I learned in my life gets a place here." In 2009 Red een Kind, through its local partner organizations, benefited 190,000 children in 14 countries in Africa and Asia through sponsorship programs, education, career training, HIV/AIDS prevention & patient care and emergency & disaster relief. The two major partner organizations of Red een Kind are Help A Child Africa and Help A Child India. There are also small sister organizations in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States.

two Rwandan boysInspiration: At Help A Child we derive our inspiration from the Bible. In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus says: "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' "The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' (Matthew 25: 37-40)

Principles and Core Values: Help A Child has drawn up a declaration of core values. It is a statement of our view of the world and of mankind. The core commitments are embodied in five key words with explanations that form the ethical compass of the organization's policy and actions. These words are love, compassion, justice, reconciliation and stewardship. These words have deep significance. They can be traced directly back to the Christian identity of the organization. We have chosen these words to make our vision, our policies and our actions clear, transparent and predictable. Stakeholders may call the organization to account on the basis of these core values.

Indian girlMission: At Help A Child we strive to help children who have little or no chance of a dignified existence. As a Christian organization it is our conviction that the Biblical view of love is the guiding principle in relationships between people.

Vision: Our support is focused on children in developing countries who face poverty, discrimination, disease, etc., and on children who are victims of natural disasters. This support gives children the chance to rebuild their lives, freed from the crushing burden of poverty. Inspired by the Biblical model of love as set forth in Matthew 25, Mark 12, Luke 10 and in many other places, we at Help A Child attach great value to our Christian identity. The Biblical concept of love can be traced back to God's love for us and is reciprocated in our love for God and for each other. Our staff also share this Christian conviction as do our various partner organizations.






address: Help A Child, Inc.; P.O. Box 203; Flourtown PA 19031-0203   phone: 215-499-6763

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Click here to watch the Help A Child Job Training film on Youtube.


Click here to watch the Help A Child HIV/AIDS & Emergency Relief film on Youtube.