Members of the board

The Saidia Kwale Foundation is comprised of three driven and passionate people – Hendrik Stegenga, Minne Sytsema and Miriam Bouwens. Combined they have many years of experience in working in business management. Together, and in co-operation with the local population, they aim to improve the living standards in one of the poorest regions of Kenya. Here you can read more about who they are and what they stand for.

About us

The Saidia Kwale Foundation is the brainchild of Hendrik Stegenga. In the last few years he has been to Kenya on multiple occasions and the poverty of Kwale County left quite a big impression on him. However, Hendrik was inspired by the tenacity and the positive outlook on life of its inhabitants. During one of his earliest visits he noticed that there were previous attempts to improve living standards in the region. However, many of these attempts were never materialized or quickly fell into disrepair because of a lack of proper continuity and management. Hendrik acquired the help of his close friend from university, Minne Sytsema, and contacted Miriam Bouwens who is experienced in development co-operation and actually lived in Kenya. All three members of the board are experienced in working in public and private law enterprises, and have a strong affinity with Kenya and the African continent.

The Board

The board of the Saidia Kwale Foundation is comprised of:

Miriam Bouwens – Chairman

Minne Sijtsema – Secretary

Hendrik Stegenga – Treasurer

Any secondary activities of the members of the board are mentioned on their LinkedIn accounts.

Our projects

View the projects that the Saidia Kwale Foundation undertakes in the villages of Bang'a and Kasemeni in Kwale County, Kenya:

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We send regular updates on our projects and successes.


Stichting Foundation Saidia Kwale

RSIN 8608.79.008
Bank: NL61INGB0006412077

Adres Bank: PO Box 1800, 1000 BV Amsterdam

Muurhuizen 105
3811EE Amersfoort

Muurhuizen 105

3818ZM Amersfoort

The Netherlands


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