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 and 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 so far 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 director 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. The director and board members are volunteers and are not entitled to any financial compensation.
Wouter has a mathematics and logistics background and is currently specialising in humanitarian development. Next to his activities at Human Aid Now, he has worked as an advisor and academic for international humanitarian organisations 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 around Thessaloniki in Greece.
Having worked for corporates in Holland and abroad, Carsten is now involved in teaching, start-ups and social initiatives, often helping with fundraising.
“When I met Wouter on one of his first fundraisers, I was inspired by his motives and energy, so I decided to help him, having been involved in other refugee initiatives.”
In the summer of 2019, Carsten visited 3 of our Heroes in Greece and spent some time working with them and tens of other volunteers, young and old. Fortunately, there are thousands of them, every year. Their stories are a testimony to what humanity feels like, looking after others who are in need, giving unconditionally their time, expertise and care.
“They both serve as an inspiration to me as as well as a mirror how my world looks like.”
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 regularly goes to Calais, Dunkirk or Paris.
Furthermore, she regularly goes to Calais and Paris, bringing large quantities of donations with her. In all locations in France, 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.
Bart has founded and directed a design studio for many years. He is problem solver, linking and combining experience and knowledge gathered in many domains, finding new solutions and ideas. Pragmatic, energetic, creative, result oriented, having the overview and an eye for detail. Now he works as CTO in a company that provides services to the building and insurance industries.
He was a volunteer in Greece for a year in total. He co-created an app to manage logistics for the distribution of aid goods and later he was leader of a team of volunteers in a camp in Northern Greece.
For Bart its important to – after being in Greece – remain committed to supporting refugees, in Greece, in Netherlands and elsewhere, by helping grassroots teams to work as professional and effective as possible.