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Watu Wangu Foundation

Watu Wangu Foundation is the initiative of the Kenyan-Dutch Hellen Kavinya Muthengi. She was born in Kenya where she had a very eventful youth, living in tremendous poverty and having to survive on the streets of Nairobi. She was fortunate enough to receive help from a Dutch aid organisation. In the year 1989, Kavinya moved to the Netherlands, where she raised her children. Now that her children are grown and on their own feet, Kavinya has returned to Kenya to offer others the help that saved her from of her miserable circumstances.

The Foundation was established in the year 2007 to initiate and execute small scale and grassroot aid projects in Kenya, particularly in the area Kitui West sub-county around the town Tulia. We do this in cooperation with our local partner Watu Wangu Kenya.

Initially we focused primarily on the establishment of a children's home, Watu Wangu Children's Center. In addition, we have carried out various other projects, some related to the children's home, but also some projects that stand alone.

Of course we have not done all this alone. Through the years we could count on the support of many donors and volunteers. On behalf of all the people we have been able to help, we thank them wholeheartedly!

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Watu Wangu Foundation aims to empower the people in Kenya. We do this by stimulating cooperation, investment and education. We support grassroot projects that lead to economic independence. We set up facilities for the weak in the community and establish education facilities.

Our premise is that we offer people the knowledge, means and power to take control of their own lives.


Watu Wangu Foundation envisions a world where everyone has a fair chance to an independent, decent existence.

Policy and Action Plan

Since her inception in the year 2007, Watu Wangu Foundation has taken on and completed several projects, such as the care for orphans and street children; building of a borehole for drinking water; a sanitation project at a local primary school; a greenhouse project for food security. A complete overview with a brief description can be found on the homepage of this website.

For the next three years, we will focus on an educational program for single mothers and young women. The aim of this program is to make these women economically independant, so that they can support themselves and their families.

The projects are financed with donations of funds, priate people and companies; and fundraising activities by the foundation or volunteers.

Board members and volunteers, both in the Netherlands as in the project country (Kenya), receive no salary or compensation of any kind. Only expenses made, for example for fundraising and administration, are reimbursed. This will not be more than 5% of donations received, but in reality it has always been less than this.

Our sponsors

Watu Wangu Foundation depends for her work on the support of sponsors. Many funds, individuals and businesses have helped us over the years. We are tremendously greatful to them. Below you will find an overview of a number of these sponsors

Stichting KOOK







Rotary Walcheren








Other main sponsors:

HJB Charitable Trust

Stichting Hervormd Weeshuis

Webdiensten ZZP

Stichting Frangipani


Protestantse Gemeente Hoogkarspel

Stichting Drie Dolfijnen

Stichting Keer-Op-Keer



Jan Koeman

Inge Doodeman & Erwin Dol

Ben & Elly Gazan

And many others

The board

Hellen Kavinya Muthengi

Chairwoman & Project Leader


Theo Koopman



Dr. Anne Koopman

Board Member


Oliver Zwiebel

Board Member


Local team Kenya

James Nzau



Rose Katuku

Social Worker


Jeff Muthama

Legal Advisor


Joice Kitini















Registration No. 37131728
RSIN 817745087

Foundation Watu Wangu has been recognised by the Dutch tax authorities as a Public Benefit Organisation. This means that taxpayers for the Dutch tax may deduct their donations from their taxable income.