Faq

What can I do as a volunteer?

To emphasis again: the success of Hope Village Europe lies in your hands. Hope Village Europe is a foundation of volunteers of Hope Village and you are one of them. Be creative and find a good occasion to tell people about Hope Village. This can be a birthday party or during a break at your work. Before you know it you have won 10 new sponsors. Signing up sponsors is not the only way in which you can help. You can also organise a benefit concert in your local pub, or organise a collection at your school. If you have an idea yourself to raise money, feel free to do so. Every new initiative is welcome. With the money raised through these initiatives we can support Hope Village during the financial difficult months like for example at the start of the new school year, during Christmas or when children have to go to hospital. If you have a new idea or you would like to do more than just recruiting donors, mail us at info@hopevillageeurope.com. Also contributions to the website or newsletter, like personal stories, photos, latest news, your fund raising initiative, are welcome.

Why does Hope Village Namibia need our money?

Despite the fact that Hope Village receives a lot of support from local businesses and European organizations, there is a structural deficit every month to cover the day-to-day living costs. Sponsors prefer to donate large goods like cars or a building instead of paying the monthly energy bill or the salary of the mommies. This is sometimes leading to a temporary shortage so there is not even enough money to buy food. To ensure that there is enough money for the month, they are trying to find once off donations. It’s a lot of extra work to find these donors every month and it brings a lot of insecurity.

How will our donations be used in Hope Village?

Every month we will put the amount on the website that we have donated to HopeVillage. The current monthly operational costs are N$ 145.000 (€9500). This includes the salaries of the staff, food, petrol, gas and electricity. Currently there is one big sponsor, Orange Babies, that is covering half of the monthly operational cost with their monthly donation. The remaining half is paid with once off donations. It’s a lot of extra work to find these donors every month and it brings a lot of insecurity. Not every month HopeVillage succeeds with finding extra donors. You might even have experienced that there was not enough money to go shopping for food. Therefore, our support for the operational costs is definitely needed. We will keep the donors updated about the current needs on the website . For example, 4 boys are recruited to play in a professional soccer team. However, there is no money to pay the contribution. Through the website and newsletter we will try to find donors for these extra costs.

What are BIC and IBAN codes?

While we are doing bank transfers within Europe, we are making use of SEPA transactions. Therefore we need your BIC and IBAN code. These are the international codes of your bank account. You can find your own IBAN and BIC codes at your bank statement.

Can I only donate 3 euro a month?

We have chosen a low minimum amount so that many people can become a sponsor of Hope Village. You are more than welcome to donate more than 3 euro a month? -->> Read more

Is it possible to make a single donation?

Of course you are very welcome to do a once off donation. We can use it to provide extra support to Hope Village during the financially tough times. For example, at the beginning of a new school year, during Christmas or when it’s needed to admit a child to a private hospital. To transfer money to Namibia is really expensive, approximately 20 euro. When you would like to send money to Hope Village, you can send your donation together with our monthly donation so you won’t need to pay these high transaction cost. Of course we will notify Hope Village of your donation.

How do I know for sure that my donation will only be used for Hope Village?

Besides the unavoidable transaction costs to collect the donations and to transfer our monthly donation to the bank account of Hope Village, our foundation Hope Village Europe hardly has any expenses. The foundation has been incorporated Pro Bono by the Law firm Loyens & Loeff and the hosting costs for the website are also donated. In the Netherlands we are registered as a foundation, which means that we don’t need to pay tax. All communication will go through e-mail, so we won’t have any printing costs. To make it clear from the start; ‘working’ visits to Hope Village we never be paid by donations to Hope Village Europe. Conclusion; your donation will be completed transferred to Hope Village. Every year we will receive the financial year report of Hope Village, so we can see how our donations are used. All our volunteers have witnessed themselves that Hope Village is very careful with their expenses. They try to get as much as possible material, food and clothes donated to save money. Besides his role in the board Pieter Moll will be check the finances of Hope Village Europe. Since we are registered as a foundation in the Netherlands we will need to give the tax authority insight in our finances.

Why not donate directly to the bank account of Hope Village?

To transfer money to Namibia is really expensive, approximately 20 euro. Hope Village Europe is transferring once a month all the donations together so we are only paying once a month the transaction costs. We will donate a fixed amount every month which will give Hope Village security and stability. When you would like to send money to Hope Village, you can send your donation together with our monthly donation so you don’t need to pay these high transaction cost. Of course we will notify Hope Village of your donation.  

I’m supporting a lot of charities. Why Hope Village Europe too?

Most donors of Hope Village Europe have been a volunteer in Hope Village themselves or are family or friends of a volunteer. That’s why donors of Hope Village Europe know out of first hand that their donation will support a well functioning project, incorporated by two Namibian ladies, who go further than only providing a bed and food for the children. They are ensuring a good future for the children and they try to find donations through a good PR. By supporting a big international organization is hard to find out where your donation is actually used for. Since the work is done by volunteers we have hardly any expenses, so the donations can go completely to Hope Village. In the Netherlands we are registered as a foundation, which means that we don’t need to pay tax. We have an official Charity status in the Netherlands. Therefore the donations to Hope Village Europe are tax deductable for the donor (depending on the tax rules in your country).

Does Hope Village Europe have any costs?

Besides the unavoidable transaction costs to collect the donations and to transfer our monthly donation to the bank account of Hope Village, our foundation Hope Village Europe hardly has any expenses. The foundation has been incorporated Pro Bono by the Law firm Loyens & Loeff and the hosting costs for the website are also donated. In the Netherlands we are registered as a foundation, which means that we don’t need to pay tax. All communication will go through e-mail, so we won’t have any printing costs. To make it clear from the start; ‘working’ visits to HopeVillage we never be paid by donations to Hope Village Europe.