The African Albino Foundation together with approximately 40 (unpaid) volunteers is committed to helping albinos in Africa. The foundation has an organisational structure with a board of three-members, three primary processes and three supportive processes.
Each process has a process owner under who about 30 volunteers work. See here the SAA-team.
The board consists of the chairman, Colette van Buchem, treasurer, Maaike Vanderschuren and secretary Julia Klapwijk. The board does not receive any remuneration for their activities while in function.
Colette van Buchem – Chairman
Colette has been working at our foundation as a process coordinator for collecting sunburn since 2016 and since January 2018 she became the chairman of the foundation. She took over from Alma Moekotte. She lives in Utrecht and is in her final year of Medicine. She expects to continue in Ophthalmology after completing her studies.
Her greatest passion is traveling and discovering new cultures. That is how she came up with the idea to work for minority groups. When she was sixteen years old she traveled all alone to the south of India to do medical volunteer work out there. She also did this in Tanzania two years later. Partly because of her foreign experiences and medical background she has been inspired to work for African people with Albinism.
Maaike Vanderschuren – Treasurer
Maaike has been the treasurer of the African Albino Foundation since the beginning of 2016. After completing medical school in Utrecht she would like to become a pediatrician. Following her trips to Tanzania in 2007 and South Africa in 2014 her love for Africa has only grown stronger. Maaike is therefore delighted to be able to help albinos in Africa as our treasurer.
Combining her position of treasurer with her studies and her hobbies is a challenge that the 24 year old Maaike welcomes eagerly! In her free time she enjoys music and travel.
Julia Klapwijk – Secretary
Julia has been the secretary of the African Albino Foundation since late 2016. She is a medical student in the fifth year of her study, and would like to work as a tropical doctor after her studies. One of her main hobbies is traveling to (unknown) countries to get know the people and culture by working out there, to live with host families and to learn their languages. Julia has been in Central and South America several times, and in 2016 she went to Tanzania for her internship, where she also visited several projects of the Foundation. After hearing the life stories of some albinos and seeing their skin problems, she was extra motivated to get started as a secretary and help them by working for the Foundation.