SEHH helps in Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone

A Helping Hand Foundation (Dutch: ‘Stichting Een Helpende Hand’ - SEHH) is an NGO based in the Netherlands that supports schools and cares for the disabled in Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka. SEHH is a small organization of enthusiastic and skilled volunteers, with long-term and trusted contacts in both countries. The foundation attaches great importance in personal relationships between the board, donors and beneficiaries. Hence its motto: ‘from heart to heart, from hand to hand’.

We do not favor big actions or mass publicity to obtain sympathy and financial support, but work by means of mouth to mouth publicity. Most gifts are obtained through spontaneous and annual grants from a permanent circle of sponsors. Besides, SEHH cooperates with other Dutch NGO’s to realize major projects. Our Foundation incurs little cost. From every euro received, 99% benefits our projects.


Target of SEHH 

Good education and good health care break the spiral of poverty. With this target in mind SEHH cooperates with schools and care providers in poor countries. We serve with proper use of earthly resources and without distinction to race, religion or gender.

Our way of working

In the course of its thirty-year old existence the Foundation has formed reliable contacts with local care workers in Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone. We have frequent contact with them to realize educational projects, homes for the disabled and incidental relief in case of calamities. The Foundation is continuously kept informed of the results by means of written reports, photographs and film recordings. Besides that, the board members of the foundation visit the donor countries in person every so many years. They travel entirely at their own expenses. You will find current information about our projects in travel reports below.

Board SEHH

Chairman  - Piet Houtenbos (urban planner, former vice-Mayor)           
Treasurer - Tineke van Blijswijk (physiotherapist) 
Secretariat - Sita Kooij (working in special education)
Member - Nellie Hanemaaijer-van der Windt (teacher Primary education)


Click here
to read about our 2019 visit to Sri Lanka

Click here to read about our 2019 visit to Sierra Leone  

Board meeting SEHH: Sita, Nellie, Tineke and Piet

Cooperation Partners SEHH

Sri Lanka

Sierra Leone