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I love helping people, but hands down did I not expect to be spending half my time on African soil. I have always enjoyed a simple life, cleaning peoples homes, taking care of my children, I didn’t think I needed much more. But that is when I met Samuel.

In the summer of 2010 my daughter was using a social media website called Tagged, and for some reason there was an annoying guy being weird to her. So I decided to have a look at this website and see what was going on. Little did I know that I would enjoy spending time on Tagged and ended up talking to people to share experiences. One of these people was Samuel.

We started chatting and in time our chats became longer, more personal, we started sending pictures of our life. This went on for more than a year! So after endless talks and pictures we decided it was time to meet. But older people like us don't always know how to have a video-chat, let alone Samuel, he was even worse with technology than I am! So we did the thing no sane person would do, we bought a ticket for me and my youngest son and we flew 13 hours to meet the guy who is now my partner in life and in work.

10 years later

By now, we have shared many laughs and cries. We have helped children and adults move on. We build wells, learned people how to grow food, and are supporting children’s health care and schooling.

With the African Welfare Foundation we raise money to help individuals, one at a time. We teach them how to run a small business, sell clothes, or the food they produce on their farms. We aim to make them self-sustaining. Instead of giving them money, we give them knowledge and resources that they can utilize to grow their families and help their friends.

We believe that the best way to help Africa is to teach them how to do it themselves. Giving them clothes or money will only keep them from working their way out of the dirt.


Conny van 't Pad
African Welfare Foundation

Agaatdrift 11
3436BS, Nieuwegein
the Netherlands

+316 2811 9868

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