Human Aid Now is a small grassroots charity registered and recognized in the Netherlands. Founded in September 2016 with the aim of supporting refugees in Northern Greece, we have since expanded to running projects throughout Greece, Serbia, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Human Aid Now is passionate about ensuring refugees in transit have access to basic needs products and services. We specialize in intervening where we are most needed, quickly and efficiently in times of crisis.
Human Aid Now is a purely humanitarian organization. We do not take any political stand point about the migration crisis. We work with passion and respect and we endeavor to deliver our services whilst preserving as much as we can the dignity of the people we help and acting in the most sustainable manner possible. To increase our efficiency, we often work in collaborations with like minded NGOs.
All our programs and activities are centered around providing refugees in transit thoughout Europe with services and goods to satisfy their basic needs. We define basic needs as: food, clothing, shelter, safety, healthcare, information.
Human Aid NOW was originally called Human Aid in Greece but changed its name in 2019 as its mission expanded.
Transparency is a key word for Human Aid Now. We have a documented authorization scheme to determine how donations are spent. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any information on this. We report on each cent that is spent and we are always very happy to inform donors about the progresses of projects they support.
We are committed to keep our acquisition costs and overheads below ten percent of incoming funds. Actually, we are very proud that in our first two years of existence we managed to keep those costs under 1%, which means that more than 99% of donations were spent on site for the refugees. There is no remuneration or other financial incentives for the board members or any other persons who contribute to the success of Human Aid Now.
The Board and the CEO are collectively responsible for defining and agreeing the long-term vision, strategic planning and budgeting of the organisation. They share formal responsibility for Human Aid Now and must act in its best interests. CEO and Board members are volunteers and are not entitled to any financial compensation.
Wouter has a mathematics and logistics background. Next to his activities at Human Aid Now, he works as an advisor and academic for international humanitarian organizations through INSEAD. Consequently, he has learned how to efficiently run a variety of humanitarian operations and this is what he attempts to do at Human Aid Now. He is our director and oversees the day to day operations. He started Human Aid Now originally in 2016 as Human Aid in Greece after having volunteered in the country.
Dominique has over 25 years of experience in investment banking, after which she changed sectors to work for smaller businesses. She worked on a start-up in artisanal foods and is the most experienced in project evaluation and finance. Since June 2017 she volunteers full-time for Human Aid Now. She works on a daily basis with the homeless refugees in The Netherlands and goes several times a month to Calais, Dunkirk or Paris
Furthermore, she goes to Calais on a monthly basis and brings on average 20m3 in donations with her. In Calais, she is known as the nice lady who always brings all the most needed and urgent items, which ensures an amazing working relationship with the NGOs on site.
Hugo has been an entrepreneur since he finished high school. From the get-go, he felt interested in creating sustainable solutions to problems in society, while including as many others as possible. Among others, he has manufactured creative concepts that introduce the poor to the labor market and push contractors towards environmentally friendly products.
With volunteering experience in Greece, Serbia and France, he knows very well how to combine his passion for finding creative solutions with his activities with Human Aid Now.
Cees is the most experienced business developer of the group, having guided numerous (for-profit and non-profit) businesses to success. Since June 2016, he has been advising Human Aid Now on how to professionalize, upscale and communicate.
After several months of advising the team, he felt attracted to the organization and gladly accepted to continue supporting Human Aid Now to grow to a next level as the new board secretary.