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New name and website: welcome to the Heliconia Scholarship Foundation!

In 2019, the Heliconia Scholarship Foundation changed its name and got a new website!

Founders Carli Kooper and Mili Chana started our charity in 2009 as Stichting Heliconia. Stichting means foundation in Dutch, and has to be part of a charity's name, to indicate its charital status. We are now thus officially registered by the Chamber of Commerce as Heliconia Scholarship Stichting, but present ourselves as Heliconia Scholarship Foundation. After ten years of trial and error, we expect this name to stay with us!

In 2015, the board of that time had the name changed to Stichting WeesWijs, translating to BeWise Foundation. The purpose of that name was to address our focus on education. However, we all missed the heliconia flower! Moreover, heliconia is an international word that appeals much more to our students, donors and staff. Also, our great beneficiary Mr Koijmans specifically loved the flower, symbolising a stairway that offers our students the opportunity to take a step up the social ladder. So this year, we decided to take back our original name. We added the word scholarship, so that we have an international name that also directly addresses our purpose.

In 2018, treasurer Tim Haenen and chairperson Carli Kooper reorganised our entire administration with the help of an accountant. All our finances were traced back from 2009 to 2018 and displayed in a more orderly way. All our financial reports are available online in Dutch, and starting in 2019 also in English.

From half 2018 to 2019, Carli was unable to work due to burn-out. In 2020, during her recovery, she designed the new logo and build this new website from scratch. The policy plan and online texts were all revised and translated to English and Indonesian. Our personal profiles were updated and accompanied with pictures, to illustrate our Heliconia Community. We added the option to donating online using iDeal, credicard or PayPal. Meanwhile, we hired Naomi Indah Sari as our first fulltime paid employee, significantly increasing our carrying capacity in the field.

In sum: we are ready for a whole new phase! With this new website, dedicated staff, graduates and students and ten years of experience in working together, we are looking forward to growing even more! Welcome to our new website. We hope you are inspired by our community and mission!

Picture above: Carli creating the new website.

Below: our logo's over the years.

Carli

Carli is our chairperson and founder of the Heliconia Scholarship Foundation. She leads the meetings of the board in the Netherlands, ensures that the policy plan is carried out properly and oversees the whole. She is also the contact person for the cooperation partners Naomi and Mili and students in Indonesia. In addition, she created the website and writes news updates. Learn more about her by clicking on her profile in Our Team!